The Ark Encounter

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There have been thousands of people tour the ark, but it wasn’t crowded at the time we were there.

Recently, my cousin and I drove to Kentucky to see the replica of Noah’s Ark. Dr. Ken Ham used the dimensions found in the Genesis 6 in the Bible. The Ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. It has 3.1 million board feet of timber. This is the biggest timber-framed structure in the world.

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Notice how small the people are standing near the concrete pillars!

We was SO blessed to be at The Ark Encounter on opening day, July 7, 2016!  When I first saw the ark, I thought, “Wow! It’s massive! How ridiculous Noah must have looked in his day to build such a huge ship when it had not even rained before!”

At the entrance there was a video they had made of a reporter interviewing Noah as it may have taken place in his day.  This lady reporter was evil looking with her painted face and sarcastic attitude.  She mocked Noah for building such a huge boat without any way of steering it. You saw the patience in Noah as he pleaded with her to make preparations because God was about to flood the earth and He was providing a way to save all who would believe.  The reporter scorned him and walked away declaring to her friends how crazy this man was.

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As we entered the Ark, we heard the sounds of birds, oxen lowing, and many other animal sounds. And can you imagine the smell of all that fresh wood as we saw the massive timbers, the wooden floors and walls? All the storage areas for food and water and all the cages for the animals were made of wood.  All the water pitchers and bags of grain was organized neatly and secured on wooden shelves.

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The taxidermy was incredible. The animals in the cages looked so real. Right away I noticed the animals were young and small.  This would make sense that when God  sent the pairs of animals to the ark that He would do this.

 

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They would have taken up less space, eaten and drank less, been more resilient, and would have better able to reproduce after being on the ark for a year waiting out the flood. Also, there was plenty of room on the ark for Noah and the animals because God only sent a male and female of each kind of animal. For example, there was only one pair of dogs.  There didn’t need to be a pair of every different kind of dog because the basic genes were in that one pair to procreate the other types of dogs.

It was interesting to see what Noah and his family’s living quarters may have looked like.

IMG_20160707_170040710There were several exhibits in the ark to explain how Noah, his wife, three sons, and their wives probably cared for the animals and lived on the ark. Where the Bible is specific, they had the Bible verses. There was an explanation for how they probably had a way to store the rain water to water the animals for the year. I think it is a common assumption that we are a lot smarter today than Noah and his family were. Ken Ham believes God gave Noah and his family incredible abilities to run a “tight ship.” And why wouldn’t he? It only makes sense.

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I was struck by the awesome responsibility God entrusted Noah with to build this massive structure and care for all these animals! Noah was created to preach about God’s love for a sinful generation of people. They did evil continually and it grieved God that they wouldn’t choose to do right. But Noah was a just man and walked with God and he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:8, 9)

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Noah releasing the raven to see if the waters had receded.

As Noah was busy building this huge structure, he was preaching all the while trying to convince others to join him and be saved from the flood.   The Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man...(Gen. 6:3) God had had enough.

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The only door on the ark. And the Bible says God shut the door after all the animals and Noah entered the ark. (Genesis 7:16)

There is only one door on the ark.  All who were saved from the flood waters, had to enter through that door. This was a picture of Jesus, who later, would come to earth and say, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

 

 

 

Although Noah faithfully warned the wicked people of the coming judgement, they would not believe him. How sad it must have been for Noah to be so committed to following God’s plan and believing every word God said, but had no neighbors or extended family to join him.

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Wow! If only this could be said of me!

 

Noah’s persistence to obey God for years without seeing any immediate results, is amazing to me. His obedience paid off though.  He and his family was saved from the world wide flood.

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One of the most sobering exhibits.

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The same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. (Genesis 7:11)

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Noah and his family worshipped God.

One exhibit was particularly interesting to me because my new little grandson will soon be born. There was a display of many children’s books that have illustrations where the animals are hanging off a tiny boat. These are commonly found in church nurseries and Christian homes. They made the point that it’s no wonder people think the ark wasn’t big enough to hold all the animals after being  indoctrinated with these illustrations. These images trivialize man’s sin and the Lord’s righteous and holy character. I had never thought of that before. This makes it appear that God did not provide adequately for those who would believe, repent, and be saved from the flood.

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There was a sign that also got my attention.  It was the devil speaking.

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They also have one of the largest restaurants in the world that is dwarfed by the ark. It  seats 1,500 people, has lots of taxidermy inside and is also made of wood. It is beautiful as it is surrounded by porches with a breath taking view of the nearby mountains.

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Emzara’s Restaurant (Named after Noah’s wife- information obtained from ancient writings.)

They also have a petting zoo.  If you have a chance to go visit The Ark Encounter, I certainly recommend it.  The Creation Museum is about 45 minutes away and it is really interesting to visit there also. I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour!  Have a blessed day!

Gaye Hughes

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The sheep were my favorite animals at the petting zoo!

 

 

 

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