No. 73
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

When we were coming home from Tasmania on the boat it was rough weather.
I got sea -sick during the night!
The Spirit of Tasmania rolled around in the Bass Strait,
and my tummy couldn’t take it.
What would it have been like on Noah’s Ark?
The seas were much rougher then, and rain and storms lashed the Ark terribly.
The water was rushing everywhere on earth as mountains of water covered the cities, and swept just everything away.
We have had bad storms in Sydney lately.
But these storms would have been the worst in history, ever.
Have you ever been in a hurricane or cyclone?
Well, the storms the Ark went through was worse even than our hurricanes today.
So the Ark had to be strong to keep the animals and people safe.
There were great volcanic eruptions going on too, under the water.
God was changing the earth,
and it would never be the same again as it had been before the flood.

The people on earth had hated God, they were very, very evil.
So God brought his punishment to them by sending the flood.
There had never been rain at all before the flood.
The earth had been watered by mist,
and a special cloud “roof’ we call the canopy was in place then to keep moisture in.
It had been like a greenhouse.
Have you ever seen a greenhouse made of glass?
It keeps the moisture in and drops of water collect on the walls.
How terrified the people must have been when it first started to rain!
They had never seen rain before.
Noah had told them that the Lord God was going to destroy the earth with a flood,
but they had only roared with laughter.
Now it was too late.
Their chance to be saved in the Ark was lost.

How glad Noah must have felt because He had trusted and believed God.
There he was with his family in a boat that was longer than a football field and higher than a four story building.
They had been laughed at for trusting God for 120 years.
They had built a boat on dry land with no water near them.
Now they were safe from the awful oceans which were all over the whole earth.
All sealed up tight in their wonderful Ark.
We should always trust God and His Word.
He knows best.

Did the dinosaurs go on the Ark?
Surely they would have been too big?
Noah probably took young, small dinosaurs on the Ark.
They would take less room than the grown up ones.
They would have eaten plants not meat.
The Bible tells us a lot about dinosaurs which is really exciting.
I don’t think all dinosaurs were nasty mean creatures.
In Job’s day, he lived soon after the flood,
they called a kind of dinosaur a “Behemoth.”
Read about this creature in the Bible in Job 4015-24.
Another dinosaur  on the earth [came in the seas]
after the flood was called “Leviathan.”
They breathed out smoke and fire just like a dragon! WOW!
Read about this creature who lived in water in Job chapter 41.
In his wonderful book for kids,
“Noah’s Ark and the Lost World” John D.
Morris writes
“After reading these verses,
what kind of dinosaur do you think Behemoth and Leviathan were?
God calls Behemoth ‘chief among his works,’  or in other words,
‘king of the land animals.’
The description God gave to Job sounds like a very large and powerful dinosaur,
with legs like iron and a tail as large and long as a tall cedar tree.
This creature might be an Apatosaurus or Brachiosaurus,
an animal that could weigh up to 33 tons
and eat 2,000 pounds of green plants every day!
Most dinosaurs were not as big as this giant, however,
and God did not need full-grown animals in the Ark.” (Pages 18-19).

Tomorrow we will see the answers to these questions.
“Where did all the water go after the flood?”
“How could the flood rise over tall mountains?”
and “What was the world like after the flood.”

“ God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” (Psalm 46:1,2)

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