Methuselah and the patience of God not only is Methuselah the oldest recorded man in the bible, he lived 969 years, but he died in the year of the flood. He was the grandfather of Noah (Gen 5:18-32). His name may mean, “When he dies, judgment.” On the day he died the flood came and destroyed them all. Methuselah is an example of God’s patience, because God delayed the Flood until his death, the oldest man to live. He was the living patience of God.