In August, we were invited to teach a family program at Generation’s Noah Conference (http://www.generations.org/) held in Florence, Kentucky. We were able to teach 5 different sessions to an average attendance of 250 kids and adults (with 2 sessions of 300+). It turned out to be a real blessing. As an added blessing, we were able to tour Answer in Genesis’ Creation Museum and the newly opened Ark Encounter, a life-sized model of Noah’s Ark.
According to the Bible the Ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high (Genesis 6:15-16). According to Henry Morris1, the Hebrews used a common cubit of 17.5 inches and a long cubit of 20.4 inches. Over the years, most writers have used a cubit of 18 inches. The Ark of the Ark Encounter was built using the long cubit of 20.4 inches (510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 51 feet high).
Many times over the years we used large open areas (when we could find one large enough) to stake out the Ark with kids and families using an 18 inch cubit (450 feet long or about a football field and a half long). Kids and adults alike are quite impressed by its size … but standing next to a life-sized model of the Ark based on the long cubit and you will be more than impressed! It is a WOW moment! Never again should you be able to doubt that the Ark wasn’t big enough for all the animals.
When you go inside you will see some excellent ideas of how Noah’s family could have housed, fed and cleaned up after all the animals. A lot of thought has gone into the building of the Ark replica and the animal “kinds” that God would have brought to Noah. He would have brought a pair of the dog “kind” that would have had all the genetic information to get all the different kinds of dogs we see today. Besides all the animal “kinds” we have today they also have models of animals God would have brought aboard that have gone extinct over the years since the flood.
The Ark Encounter as well as the Creation Museum are very well done and well worth a visit by your whole family! For more information on both exhibits, you can go to: https://arkencounter.com/ or https://creationmuseum.org/.
1 The Genesis Record, Henry M. Morris, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan. ©1976, paperback edition 2009, ISBN 978-0-8010-7282-6, pg. 181.
By Lanny and Marilyn Johnson