We've all read stories to our kids about Noah's ark. The little tug
boat in the illustrations with the long giraffe neck sticking out the
top seems fanciful at best. Given the way my mind works, I love to find
evidence that supports the Biblical record. It's not that I don't
believe without proof, but it is a big boost to my faith when the Bible
is also proven to be accurate and plausible. Since we know
God's Word is truth, science will one day catch up with the Bible and
corroborate all that lies within it. So where science does not line up
with the Bible, we have faith that it one day will. But in regard to
the ark and flood, there actually is a considerable amount of outside
Would you be surprised to learn that hundreds of
ancient civilizations have very similar stories of global flooding, a
big boat, and a family that was spared to repopulate the earth? The
oldest and most similar is from the Epic of Gilgamesh from
the Babylonians. So many accounts of the same event, points to the fact
that all the peoples of the earth, however dispersed, originated from
one family who passed on the remarkable story of their survival. There
are many more proofs than what I have the time or ability to
communicate clearly, so I will list the most compelling and easily
Layers of fossils of different ages are
often found mixed together in one layer of sediment or layered in the
wrong orders. Evidence of massive disruption of the flood waters.
Marine fossils have been found on wide-spread mountain crests. No possible explanation but a massive flood.
Fossil graveyards (high concentrations of fossils) are found worldwide. Evidence of a sudden, catastrophic, global destruction.
Analysis of population growth show a zero population at the estimated time of the Biblical flood.
records show that many European kings trace their lineage to Japeth,
one of Noah's three sons. This is logical evidence for there being just
4 couples from whom the entire world was repopulated.
living organisms, the Sequoias and Redwoods, date back 3-4000 years,
but there is nothing living that pre-dates the flood.
little tug-boat that housed all of the living creatures of the earth,
was two-thirds the size of the Titanic! Given the measurements listed,
it had the capacity of 2000 cattle cars, each of which could carry
18-20 cows or 60-80 hogs or 80 to 100 sheep. There are now 290 species
of large animals, 757 species of mid-sized animals, and 1358 small
animals. Two of each, plus the additional "clean" animals intended for
animal sacrifices, could have comfortable fit on board. And dinosaurs,
though they clearly did not survive long in the post-flood environment
which invloved radical climate and topographic change, must have been
on board. Juveniles of even the largest animals could easily have fit
Noah's family was on the ark for just over a year (vs.
8:13-14) and arrived to a new covenant with God in which He gave man
two distinctly new instructions. First, man was now able to eat meat.
At the time of creation, back when "it was good", man was a vegetarian,
as were all animals. Post-flood provisions provided for the addition of
meat to the diets of man and beast. Secondly, God strictly prohibits
murder and initiates capital punishment. Previously when Cain killed
Abel, the killer (Cain) was merely excommunicated, but now God allowed
for the death of such a person. Perhaps murder had become a prevalent
problem in the pre-flood world. Before the giving of the Law to Moses,
we don't hear of any regulations for man established by God. Given how
depraved our society is, with laws in place to govern our behavior, can
you even imagine what the human race would have looked like then,
before rules or standards of morality? It must have been unbearable and
irreversible for God to have resorted to such a radical solution.
the most important component of the Noahic covenant was God's promise
never to destroy the entire earth again by flood. The rainbow is a
beautiful picture of that promise, as it only appears after rain. He
could have chosen anything to use as a symbol of that promise, but
chose to use something that required rain to produce it. This
could mean many things, but it demonstrates to me that everything is
under God's control. The same force of nature that was used for His
judgement is now used as a symbol of His love. It's ironic and
Tomorrow's reading: Genesis 11-14
About Melissa Gibbs:
Melissa is the mother of four boys and the wife of her
junior high sweetheart, JD.He is the
President of Joe Gibbs Racing and the son of NFL Hall of Fame coach Joe
Gibbs.JD and Melissa have been married 16
years and are actively involved with Young Life, Motor Racing Outreach, their
church, and other ministries.Their
youngest son Taylor is nearing completion of a 3 year treatment protocol for
leukemia, which has been a powerful faith walk for their family.Since his diagnosis, Melissa has been called
upon to share their family's testimony with many local churches. Much of her
energy is now focused on a huge festival planned for mid May in celebration of
Taylor's victory over leukemia and in effort to raise money and awareness for
pediatric cancer.If you'd like to check
out what she's up to while not blogging, go to www.finishlinefestival.com.