Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Storms and Flood

Read Genesis Chapter 7

It took Noah 100 years to build the ark. Once the ark was finished, God told Noah to take every clean beast in by sevens and every unclean in by the pair. (We'll go into what is considered "clean" and "unclean" later). There is a reason for this:

God did not accept offerings of unclean animals. Moreover, there had to be enough food for Noah and his family when he got off the ark. This would ensure that both could happen.

There used to be the argument that the Great Flood never happened because there were no "fountains of the deep". This theory got blown out of the water (pardon the pun) when an article appeared in "Unilad", entitled "Scientists discover massive 'ocean' beneath Earth's surface bigger than all the seas above land"

In it, the article stated:

Did you know that 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered in water? Okay, maybe that one was too easy. But try this one on for size: Did you know that there's an absolutely massive supply of water hidden underneath the Earth's crust that's three times bigger than the oceans that sit on the surface? Back in 2014 scientists discovered that we essentially have a reservoir of water hidden beneath our feet - though it might not look that way at first.

If an earthquake were to break the mantle, the pressure underneath would spew the water out. So, yes, the water came from below as well as above.

According to Chapter 7 of Genesis, the waters rose about 15 cubits, which equals to about 22 feet high. That's a lot of water!

But, 22 feet high is not enough to cover the highest mountains (Mount Ararat is over 16,854 feet high, so how did all the fossils from the ocean get on top of the mountains?

The best explanation is that when the watered spewed upward, some of the ocean's life was thrown onto the mountains in the storms.

A few years ago, in Texarkana,Texas people went outside after a recent storm to find fish all over the ground. We were miles from the nearest lake, and it had not flooded, so how did those fish get there?

It could have been from a water spout over the waters of a nearby lake that sucked the fish up into the storm.

Either way, the storm was so bad, raining for 40 days and 40 nights, that it is doubtful anything could have survived it. The flash floods alone could have washed all life away as it left the mountains. Twenty-two feet of rain is a lot of water coming off the mountains.

Which begs the question: How far up on the mountain did the ark actually land when it finally did? It wasn't at the top of the mountain. And, it took a lot of time for the waters to go back down once the rains stopped. The Bible says "And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days." That's about 5 months.

Noah and his family survived because they didn't question God, and were obedient.

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