‘Build a large boat…450 feet [140 m] long, 75 feet [23 m] wide, and 45 feet [14 m] high.’ Genesis 6:14–15 NLT
The Bible detailed the original blueprint for shipbuilding. In Genesis, God told Noah to build a 42000-cubic-metre ship and fill it with enough people and animals to repopulate the earth. And the specific dimensions God gave Noah turned out to be significant. In 1609 in Hoorn, Holland, a ship was built in the same proportions and it revolutionised shipbuilding. According to Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (see The World Almanac), by 1900 every large ship on the high seas was inclined towards the proportions of Noah’s Ark. And, by the way, if you think it’s not sophisticated or educated to believe that the world was once destroyed by a universal flood, think again. About 85 per cent of the rock surfaces around the world are composed of sedimentary rock, indicating that at some time in the past the world was covered by water.
Consider also the Bible and meteorology. Solomon wrote, ‘The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:6 NIV) The air around the earth turns in huge circles, anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. As a result, your local meteorologist can tell you with a high degree of accuracy what the weather will be like so you can dress accordingly. The Bible―there’s simply no other book like it! When you believe its central message of salvation through Christ you have peace and joy now, plus you get to live in Heaven with God for eternity when you die. It doesn’t get better than that!
SoulFood: 1 Chr 16–18, Mark 4:13–25, Ps 119:49–56, Prov 21:4–6
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023