Thursday, May 7, 2009


Good Morning Biblical Scholars! Today’s Bible study is going to be about Noah and his ark. Our primary focus will be Genesis chapter 6. We will also be looking at several other verses throughout the Bible.

Traditionally, when we study the story of Noah, we discuss how man angered God and thus was slaughters nearly to extinction by God. We learn about how Noah, because found grace with God (Gen 6:8) was spared by building an ark. Not only did Noah build this ark, we placed all of the animals in the ark to also save them as well. Genesis 6:19 reads:

“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.”

By this, we know that Noah took all of the animals on the ark with him. Any animal that survived the flood must have been on the ark with Noah.

Today, we are not going to focus on the logistics of the flood, the science behind the ark, and the apparent miracles it took for Noah to get a pair of all of the animals on the ark. Rather, I would like to focus on some of the more exotic animals that Noah must have had on the ark with him. Traditionally, we imagine a line of lions, hippos, kangaroos, and other animal placidly lining up two-by-two to enter the ark. However, these images are not complete unless we add the following creatures: unicorns, cockatrices, dragons, leviathans, melting snails, satyrs, and fiery flying serpents.

I know, dear reader, you must be perplexed. Why in the world would I even suggest that Noah had dragons on the ark with him? That, dear reader, is why you come to Reverend Brian’s Bible Study. We know that dragons must have been on the ark because the Bible talks about dragons after the flood. In fact, there are 34 post-deluge references to dragons in the Bible. Let’s take a look:

Deuteronomy 32:33Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

Nehemiah 2:13And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.

Job 30:29 I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

Psalm 44:19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

Psalm 74:13Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

Psalm 91:13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psalm 148:7Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

Isaiah 13:22And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

Isaiah 27:1In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

Isaiah 34:13And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

Isaiah 35:7And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

Isaiah 43:20The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

Isaiah 51:9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?

Jeremiah 9:11And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 10:22Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.

Jeremiah 14:6And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.

Jeremiah 49:33And Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons, and a desolation for ever: there shall no man abide there, nor any son of man dwell in it.

Jeremiah 51:34Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.

Jeremiah 51:37And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.

Ezekiel 29:3Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Micah 1:8Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

Malachi 1:3And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

Revelation 12:3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Revelation 12:4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Revelation 12:7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12:13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Revelation 12:16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Revelation 12:17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 13:2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 13:4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Revelation 13:11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Revelation 16:13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Revelation 20:2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Wow! Yes, dear reader, Noah had to make room on the ark for these dragons. I do wonder how he fireproofed that section of the ark. We cannot know, because the Bible is not clear on this. But, since dragons were referenced in the Bible after the story of the flood, we can assume that dragons were on that boat.

Also, Noah had to make room on his ark for unicorns. There are nine references to unicorns in the post-deluge Bible as well. Let’s take a look:

Numbers 23:22God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a unicorn.

Numbers 24:8God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of a unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.

Deuteronomy 33:17His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Job 39:9Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

Job 39:10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Psalm 22:21Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

Psalm 29:6He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

Psalm 92:10But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of a unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Isaiah 34:7And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

I wonder if Noah kept the unicorns with the horses or the antelope or with deer. But it is really cool that we actually have real, Biblical evidence for the existence of unicorns!

The ark also had some pretty scary creatures on board as well. These creatures include the cockatrice, the leviathan, and fiery flying serpents. I am not sure how Noah managed to keep the cockatrice from killing all of the other animals with a simple glare, but he must have managed it. We’re all here and so are all of the other animals. Let’s look at what the Bible says about these creatures:

Isaiah 11:8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

Isaiah 14:29Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Isaiah 59:5They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

Jeremiah 8:17For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

Job 41:1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Psalm 74:14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
Psalm 104:26There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

Isaiah 27:1In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

Isaiah 14:29Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

Isaiah 30:6The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

This menagerie really is cool. It really, really shows us the wonderful diversity of life that God created. However, there are two other creatures that the Bible talks about on that ark. These creatures are truly among the bizarre. First on the list is the incredible melting snail:

Psalm 58:8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

The next creature is one of my personal favorites, the satyr. Let’s take a look:

Isaiah 13:21But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.

Isaiah 34:14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

I am not sure how this creature did on the ark. As a half man-half goat, I am curious to know if he played fun tunes for the animals on his flute or if he just sat in the corner and cried. The Bible is silent on that fact. What it is not silent on is the fact that this creature must have been on the ark since it is clearly mentions after the flood story in the Bible.

What is of particular interest is that modern science has concluded that none of these creatures exist. There is no scientific evidence for any of these creatures. This truly disturbs me as a Bible scholar. The Bible is God’s infallible word to his people. If the Bible says dragons, satyrs, or melting snails exist, we know that they have to be around. Modern zoologists, however, can’t seem to find any of these creatures. This has to be some sort of conspiracy by scientists to attempt to prove the Bible wrong. Or perhaps . . .

Let us pray. “Dear Lord, we are amazed at your wonderful creation. We are equally amazed that Noah survived the flood in the ark with this perfectly wondrous menagerie of animals. We beseech thee Lord. We pray that you will give us the sight of these animals. We pray that the alleged scientists will find at least one of these creatures as proof of your inerrant word, the Bible. In your name, AMEN.”

Thanks for joining me!

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