Dinosaurs in the Bible!
Remember that all reptiles never stop growing? Thatís right; they grow every day of their life no matter how long they live. We grow to a certain age and stop. Dogs and cats, fish, birds, bears, etc. all stop growing at a certain age, but reptiles never do. Back before the flood, when things lived for hundreds of years, the reptiles were growing every day of their life.
Remember the Iguanodon I mentioned earlier? Itís just a big, huge Iguana! Nothing exotic, I know, but thatís the truth of the matter. The fossilized eggs of dinosaurs are not very big. Most of them are pretty small, actually.
Just as the bible tells us about the human giants, in Job 40, God talks to Job about the Behemoth and the Leviathan.
Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. 20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
Notice that the behemoth has strength and force in its ďbodyĒ? He moves his tail like a cedar. Itís a big tail, not a scrawny tail, but like a tree! It is very strong. It is the chief of the ways of God! Itís Godís pride! Notice that He says, ďBehold now behemoth, which I made with thee!Ē Heís telling Job to look upon something that was within eyesight! He says that He made it with Job, or He made it when He made men. It was part of creation, not a thing that died millions of years ago. The behemoth was the largest of the dinosaurs and had a huge tail. The longneck dinosaur was the biggest, had a strong body and a big strong tail like a tree. It says that he lies down in the ďfensĒ. The word fen means swamp. Remember the Mokele-mbembe in the swamp in Africa? They still live, they are just not as big as they were pre-flood.
Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
Take a look at the description of the Leviathan. Can you put a hook in his nose? Can you play with him as a bird? He has scales. He neeses and breathes fire! The mighty are afraid of him! He is without fear. What in the world is this thing!? Heís a fire breathing dragon! He is highly feared and fearless! Sounds a bit like a Tyrannosaurus Rex? I know, they donít show him breathing fire in the movies, but letís look at some facts.
Thereís a bug called the bombardier beetle that actually shoots fire out of itís, um, rear end when itís in danger. It has a mixture of chemicals that are in chambers in its body that it mixes and shoots out in a quick stream of fire to dissuade its enemies when it needs to.
There are many head bones of dinosaurs found that have hollow chambers. We canít say for sure what they were used for but the T-Rex also has a hollow honeycomb in the head bones. Remember that I mentioned the T-Rex and the iguana skull looks almost identical? Itís interesting that when an iguana gets mad or frightened, it neeses. It doesnít shoot fire out today, but that doesnít mean it never did and itís mighty interesting to say the least.
At any rate, it looks like God is also describing a fire breathing reptile in Job. Another of the mighty creatures He created.
Why do we have so many legends of fire breathing dragons? Because they used to walk on the earth with us human beings, thatís why!
There were many huge reptiles before the flood. The fossils they have found show that the skin on dinosaurs ďlooks remarkably like modern day lizardsĒ (Discover Magazine Feb. 1999). And itís easy to see how Noah got them on the boat. He took young reptiles, not old giant ones. Simple when you think about it. Takes away the mystery of how the ancient peoples moved huge rocks that weigh tons and tons without modern technology. Using big reptiles that weigh tons and tons as work horses could easily account for that ďfeatĒ that scientists canít explain.