And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:12-13)
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. (Genesis 6:14-16)
SATURDAY (JUNE 29, 2019), TWENTY PEOPLE FROM OUR CHURCH in Flat Rock, AL visited the Ark replica in Townsend, KY, called: “The Ark Encounter.” We spent the night in a local motel and were ready to begin the tour the next morning. The Ark is located on I-75 between Lexington, KY and Cincinnati, OH. Property and construction cost $102 Million. One million guests visited last year. On busy days, between 7,000 and 8,000 people visit the park. Attendance has been growing since the park opened two years ago. The picture above was taken by Julie White. The link below opens a news story. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2018/08/02/kentucky-ark-encounter-visitors-sink-lower-than-projections/878239002/
MELVIN WHITE, RETIRED LOGGER who pushed me in a wheelchair said: “Dan, was this a bucket experience?” “Yep, this was a bucket experience!” We had a lot to talk about since he was a logger and I had some sawmilling behind me. The upright timbers were whole trees, at least 24” in diameter. The horizontal beams that rested on top of the uprights were at least that big. There were plenty of big wood braces throughout the structure. I’m sure Noah didn’t use the big threaded iron bolts. He must have used wood pegs. They probably made holes for the pegs with chisels and hammer since there were no augurs at that time. It’s obvious that the Ark was put together with some top-notch engineers and craftsmen. IT…IS…STRONG.!!!!
VISITORS ARE SHUTTLED IN BIG BUSES from parking lot to the Ark. We entered the Ark by walking under it, into the entrance. Inside, you go to the next level by walking up sturdy wooden ramps. There are many rooms and cages of various sizes. Clay vessels are shaped to funnel food and water to the cages. Many well-done signs are attached to the walls. There are at least two good-size theatres for viewing videos. The door in the side of the Ark opens onto a ramp and serves as a fire exit.
THE OVERALL MESSAGE IS TRUE TO THE BIBLE. Clearly, the Ark was built for Noah and his family and the animals that God sent to the Ark. God had warned: And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3)
THE METAL TOOLS ARE INTERESTING AND THE MEANS THEY MAY HAVE USED for feeding the animals and keeping the ark clean of animal droppings. Plenty of food in bags and clay jars.
THE WORLD AT LARGE DOES NOT LIKE TO TALK ABOUT GENESIS CREATION, about Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, or about a coming day of judgment and the burning of the earth with fire in preparation of a new heaven and earth.
THE BIG QUESTION FOR TODAY IS: “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. (Exodus 32:26)
MY FRIEND, THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND. You are either on the Lord’s side or you are on the world’s side and the devil’s side. Where do you stand today? Another day is coming. God will have the last word. To read the account of Noah’s Ark and the sin on the earth that caused it (the level of violence) it makes us wonder how that day compares to the wickedness of America.
THERE IS NO GREATER VIOLENCE THAN THE DELIBERATE MURDER of a child in the womb. (Tearing the arms and legs off a living, conscious baby is not violence? Sucking the brains out of the skull of a living baby in the womb is not violence?) We should remember why God told Noah to build an ark and why God covered the earth with water and drowned every human being on the earth who was outside of the ark. Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
July 1, 2018 – MONDAY
A.M. Job 21-22 P.M. Acts 10:1-23
(Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.)
A Good Verse to Memorize:
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:13) (Write verse on scrap of paper and put in your pocket to memorize.)
Song for Today:
Come to Me (5:50) (Dan Forrest & Choir)
Slow and beautiful – You may need to adjust the sound and delete and ad.