Broose the Moose here, just back from Noah’s Ark!
I know an expert on the search for the real Noah’s Ark who believes the “mountains of Ararat” are in modern Iran and he’s planning to travel over there in about a year to find it. I’ll settle for this amazing replica.
Back in 2325 B.C. God called for the animals to gather two by two and board the Ark. It was a small price to avoid distinction.
Mary and I felt an irresistible urge to drive to Williamstown, Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter. We already knew the admission, and $38 apiece for a senior citizen plus $10 parking didn’t seem like the end of the world. We spent way more than that to get there and back from Colorado! Like the antediluvian trek, this was going to be a one-time boarding!
The Ark Encounter aims to be
An exact replica of Noah’s
Honestly, I don’t comprehend cubits any better than metrics. All of the stats about the volume went in one of my big ears and out the other.
But that baby was big! Three decks high! 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, 51 feet high! I’ve heard it described as the size of a modern ocean liner.
But don’t get carried away! You won’t on this boat! It wasn’t designed to float. Propping up the aft are buildings that provide electricity and modern amenities to keep tourists happy.
Replicas were shown of “arks” from the major flood myths—and their obvious fatal design and flaws that would mean none of us are here to give thanks that God’s instructions work and we must faithfully follow them like Noah and his family did!
The most interesting part to me was seeing the enactment of how Noah, his wife, three sons and their wives could have taken advantage of mechanical means and gravity to make it way easier to care for the 7,000 animals (about 875 animals for each crew member).
All “kinds” of room
A key factor is that Noah’s Ark housed Bible kinds (families) rather than specific species. So alas, there was no moose on board ‘sides me, but seven pairs of deer who would later breed into one.
An interesting theory is that God would have “herded” in a Mickey Rooney giraffe in the most healthy condition rather than a Wilt the Stilt one to accomplish the same survival result in less space. Maybe that was true for the eight sailors! So Randy Newman could later sing his big hit. The Bible doesn’t say, except not believing the Bible is the height of folly.
The Bible names the four men but doesn’t name the women. The Ark Encounter admits that it’s speculation but gives them names and pleasing images to make it more interesting for the tourists.
Some speculate that Noah’s wife was named Barthenos. The Book of Jasher says Naamah, but it’s considered a forgery. The Ark Encounter likes calling her Emzara (from The Book of Jubilees) and named their restaurant after her. Emzara may mean “ancestor of Sarai.”
I think I’d go with Emzara over Joan of Arc.
The Ark Encounter features interesting exhibits showing the folly of evolution. It promotes “Young Earth” 6,000 years creation, meaning dinosaurs had to be housed on the Ark. The Ark seems spacious enough with the dinosaurs, so for those of us believing the “creation” 6,000 years ago was actually a re-creation and the dinosaurs had vanished sometime before—talk about roomy! Noah didn’t start the small house movement, but he did know layout efficiency and cages.
My favorite exhibit was a video of Ham—the Ken one who heads up Answers in Genesis and the Ark Encounter—debating Bill Nye the non-science guy on one specific point about Greenland ice dating.
Like we found at the new Bible Museum in Washington, D.C. when we visited a month ago, people were excited and even thrilled to see the Ark Encounter promoting the truth of the Bible. While there people treated each other kindly and patiently, noticeably better than in other public places. Believing in God and the Bible promotes a higher level of golden rule living than evolutionary thinking.
Noah … the Flood … Jesus and Peter said they occurred. Noah and family lived on the Ark for one year and 10 days. Four hours helped bring them to life for me! The Ark Encounter is the only way I’d want to experience it!
Funny, I think every visitor on the boat imagines himself on it along with Noah and his family. But few consider that Noah was called the only righteous person alive on the earth then, a faithful preacher of righteousness for 120 years no doubt enduring unending derision for building a boat out in the middle of desert where it probably hadn’t rained on Methuselah! Plus God spared his family.
It was special to ponder the Ark’s door that God Himself closed on the outside evil world so Noah didn’t have to shut out family, friends and neighbors. Some speculate that Methuselah ended his 969 years clawing at the door! Jesus is the only door for survival today (John 10:9).
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matt. 24:37, New International Version).
Does Noah’s day (Gen. 6:5, 11) sound like our day?
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).
Perhaps you’d like to read the chapter of What’s It All About?
covering Noah and the Flood
Chapter 14: As in the Days of Noah