#9 In The Beginning (continued)

29 October 1999

OPPOSITIONS OF SCIENCE "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1 Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, and more dinosaurs. It seems they are everywhere. In books, on television, in the movies. Theories about when they roamed the earth, how they lived and why they became extinct have intrigued both adults and children for centuries. But have you ever heard anyone talk about dinosaurs that actually saw one of these great creatures? When my children began to ask me about dinosaurs I began to pray for a Biblical answer and God introduced me to a person who had actually seen not only a dinosaur, but also another creature more awesome than the dinosaur. His name was Job. His record is indelibly inscribed in God's perpetual record, the Bible. And, here again, we find that God has miraculously preserved his words to enable believers to "avoid oppositions of science" concerning these great creatures. When God answered Job out of the whirlwind he began His dialogue with the subject of His creation. He asked questions that perplex scientists today, even with all of their sophisticated instruments and discoveries. In chapters 38 and 39 God spoke of the sea, the frost, the stars, the weather, the goats, the peacocks, and the ostrich. But in chapter 40, God spoke about the greatest land creature He had created, "Behold now behemoth which I made with thee"-Job 40:15. God was doing the talking, but He was talking to Job about creatures that Job had seen and observed. Briefly, let us consider a few truths concerning this great creature: (1) Behemoth was contemporary with the peacock and the ostrich. Job had seen them all. Therefore peacocks and ostriches did not evolve, they were created peacocks and ostriches. (2) The book of Job was written approximately 1520 B.C. and dinosaurs were still roaming the earth! That was only 3500 years ago! (3) Behemoth was created on the sixth day with man, "which I made with thee". (4) God was not describing a hippopotamus or an elephant because this creature has a tail "like a cedar"-v17. (5) Behemoth must have been a dinosaur, because it was the chief of land creatures, "He is the chief of the ways of God" -v19. God addresses another great creature in chapter 41 that he refers to as Leviathan. What does God say about this creature? It could not be apprehended with a hook, a cord, or a spear( v1-2). It could not be captured(v 5). One could not pierce its head with fish spears(v7). "His teeth are terrible round about"-v14. His eyes glowed in the dark(v18). "Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out"-v19. "Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron" -v20. "His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth"-v21. "He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear."-v27-29. What kind of creature was God describing? The dragon, of course! Why is this hard for us to believe? Because we have never seen one with our natural eye. But Job had seen them and by faith we believe God's remarkable word about dinosaurs and dragons. Even the Psalmist had observed this great creature in his day as he wrote in the psalm, "There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein"- Psalm 104:26. When our children want to know about these great creatures let us turn from speculation to revelation, to the only eyewitness account that we have today: God and His miraculous word! Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. Sincerely, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.