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Daily Devotional
January 23
 
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Genesis 6:18–20
 
Eight souls were to enter the ark. Yes, there would be some bobbing up and down, some noise and confusion, some questions and concerns, but guess what? They would be headed to a fresh start, a new beginning, a new world. And that’s what’s happening with you and me. The reason we have morning devotions, the reason we keep plugging away in Bible study is because we’re saved. And when all is said and done, that’s all that matters. Let’s never lose sight of that. Let’s never get so caught up in the esoteric understanding of Scripture that we miss the underlying base of all things - that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Three-storied, the ark contained 97,000 square feet of space. How big is that? It’s equivalent to 520 boxcars. Would this be enough space to hold all of the animals? Taxonomists tell us that on the earth today there are 3,500 species of mammals; 8,600 species of birds; 5,500 reptiles and amphibians. (Fish obviously weren’t on the ark; and the 25,500 species of worms could fit in the cracks.) Added together, there were 17,600 species of animals. Double that to include male and female, and the figure becomes 35,200. The average size of the 17,600 species of animals on the ark is equivalent to a full-grown sheep. Thirty-five thousand, two hundred sheep would easily fit within only 120 boxcars. Even doubling the number to include species which may have become extinct since Noah’s day would only require 240 boxcars - leaving 280 boxcars worth of space for Noah’s family and food.

“But what about dinosaurs?” you ask. Due to the biblical account in Job 40 and 41, as well as the discovery of fossilized footprints of dinosaurs adjacent to footprints of men, I believe dinosaurs and men lived simultaneously. If that is true, dinosaurs would have to have been on the ark.

Wouldn’t they take up the whole ark? Not if they were babies!
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.  If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store