Weekly Devotion

MEET TYRANNOSAURUS REX

Can we believe in dinosaurs?

“Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.” -Job 40:15-19

Were there really dinosaurs that once roamed the earth? Years ago that question was debated, but today we are quite certain that the Bible gives us evidence that there really were dinosaurs. Let’s take a look at what the Bible says.

Many unbelieving scientists want to mislead us by telling us that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, long before people lived on earth. That is simply not true. Dinosaurs were created on the sixth day of creation, just like all the other land animals. That would make the oldest dinosaurs about 6,000 years old, not millions of years. Did they eat meat in the Garden of Eden? No, the animals that lived in the Garden of Eden were all plant eaters. They could not eat meat because before Adam and Eve sinned, everything was good, and there was no death. But when Adam and Eve sinned it affected not only their lives but the lives of all animals as well. Animals would now have to search for their food. Some would starve, and some would continue to eat plants, and others would eat other animals for food.

We know that after many years people became so evil that God decided to destroy living things on the earth with the flood. How was he going to save them? Like other animals, the Lord provided a pair of dinosaurs to be taken onto the ark. How did they fit? Only some dinosaurs are very large. Since they come in many sizes from the size of a chicken to the huge 80-ton dinosaurs, Noah likely took small or young dinosaurs with him. After the flood these animals had a difficult time finding food and, like many other creatures, the dinosaurs became extinct. About 200 years ago people began digging up the bones of these animals and gave them the name of dinosaurs. Today we have much evidence in fossils and bones that show us the different types of dinosaurs that once roamed the earth.

Does the Bible ever mention dinosaurs? Although it never uses the word “dinosaur”, there are some interesting paragraphs in the book of Job that may speak about dinosaur-like animals. Listen to what Job wrote in chapter 40: “Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword. The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby. Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh. The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.  A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth. Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?” Job called this animal a Behemoth which means a huge or monstrous creature. He said it ranks first among the works of God. It eats grass, and has powerful legs. Its tail is like a tree and its legs are like iron. Although we are not certain, this description seems to match closely with what we know about some dinosaurs.

Extinct animals like the dinosaurs can be to us a sign that sin brought many changes to the perfect creation God once made. We also have been struggling with the effects of sin since Adam and Eve. That is why Jesus’ death on the cross is so important. There at the cross, Jesus took away the curse of sin. What a loving God we have!

In Christ, Mike Allard, Principal @ St. John’s