Considering Noah's Ark

May 26, 2009

Good morning,

Did you ever wonder … Was the ark really big enough for all those animals? On first glance, the figures can be frightening. At the time of this writing, science has classified one million different species of animals. With seven of every clean and two of every other kind, it would seem we need space for at least 2,500,000 animals on the ark. Can we just faith it? First, let us note the ark was no toy boat, but a gigantic barge with a volume of 1,396,000 cubic feet (assuming one cubit equals 17.5 inches).

The ark had a carrying capacity equal to that of 522 standard stock cars.

(1) What about the multitude of animals, you may ask. Most of that list of a million are worms, insects, one-cell animals and sea creatures who would have no need to be on the ark. In fact, “there was need for no more than 35,000 individual vertebrate animals on the ark.”

(2) Chipmunk to elephant, let us assume the average size of an animal on the ark to be a sheep. Currently the railroad can fit 120 sheep on a stock car. Doing some fast figuring, the ark needed only to carry 292 stock cars worth of animals. Plenty of room for Noah, his family and extra hay.

Today God provides room for all men to find salvation at the cross. Noah pleaded with men to, “Get on board the ark,” and they did not understand until the flood came and took them away. So shall the coming of the Son of Man be (Matt. 24:39). Will there be spare room for those you know who could have made it? Are you doing your part?

Lord bless you today,

Bro. Harry Shomaker

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