Job 39 & 40
1 Corinthians 6.1-20
Science & Dinosaurs: What’s the Truth?
Job 39 & 40:
Even though Job was a righteous man, he had, perhaps pridefully, believed he needed to understand what was happening and why? In this passage God opened his eyes to just how little he really understood. Job quickly acknowledged his mistake. Job 40:3-5:
Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”
Now let’s look at another passage from today’s readings:
Does the Bible Talk about Dinosaurs?
15 “Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you;
He eats grass like an ox.
16 See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24 Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare.
John MacArthur in his Daily Bible comments had this to say:
While this [behemoth] is a generic term used commonly in the Old Testament for large cattle or land animals, the description in this passage suggests an extraordinary creature. The hippopotamus has been suggested by the details in the passage (vv. 19–24). However, the short tail of a hippo is hardly consistent with v. 17, where tail could be translated “trunk.” It could refer to an elephant, who could be considered “first” or chief of God’s creatures whom only He can control (v. 19). Some believe God is describing His most impressive creation of land animals, the dinosaur species, which fit all the characteristics.
You might be surprised to learn that there are many theologians who believe the “behemoth” spoken about in this passage was a dinosaur. If so, that would mean Job knew what dinosaurs were. The most likely explanation would be because they co-existed with people instead of living “millions and millions of years ago,” as we are taught!
Today there are many scientists and other learned men and women, as well as theologians, who believe the Bible’s account of creation. That includes a very different timeline for history.
If you’d like to learn more about creation science, there are a variety of good websites and resources. Ken Ham has an organization called Answers in Genesis. The Institute for Creation Research is another incredible organization. They produce books and videos, do conferences and will soon be building a new science and history museum in the Dallas area. I understand that it’s a $35-40 million dollar project. You can go to their website and learn more about it (click on Discovery Center). Or you can watch this video:
Another example of ICR’s resources: