Life after the Flood

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Noah, his family and the animals came out of the ark to a very different world. There were no great herds of animals or no large forests but the vegetation was beginning to grow again. The mountains were now higher than before the flood and the climate had changed. The old world had perished and the earth was so changed by the global Flood that it would never look the same again. Noah and his family would not have recognised familiar sites and places that they had known in the old world. It was not a matter of them returning to their home to continue a previous lifestyle.

As Noah looked around at the desolation, the first thing he did was build an altar and worship God (Genesis 8v20). He wanted to thank God for His protection – God had been so good to him and his family. He sacrificed one of every ‘clean’ animal and bird (remember 7 of each clean kind was on the ark). This pointed forward to the time when the Sinless Saviour would offer Himself a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

God blessed Noah and gave him some instructions for life in the new world:

God wanted the earth to be populated

(Genesis 9v1+7). It was always God’s plan for the earth to be filled (Genesis 1v28).

Fear of man put into animals

(Genesis 9v2). Man’s relationship with animals changed after the flood.

Permitted to eat meat

(Genesis 9v3-4).

All creatures were originally vegetarian (Genesis 1v29-30). The fossil record shows evidence of some creatures eating other creatures, and we know that death is the result of Adam’s sin (Genesis2v17; Romans 5v12), so some animals were already eating meat since the Fall of man (Genesis 3). However, God now permitted mankind to eat meat, as well as fruit, vegetables, herbs, etc. Perhaps it was difficult for Noah’s family to get proper nutrition from plants growing in the flood-eroded soil. Or maybe many plants, which had formerly provided all the protein, vitamins and minerals essential for mankind, had become extinct in the Flood. Whatever the reason, God permitted mankind to eat meat from this point on.

Murder forbidden

(Genesis 9v5-6 cp. Exodus 20v13). The reason for the sanctity of human life is that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 9v6; 1v26-27).

Rainbow Covenant

(Genesis 9v8-17). This is God’s covenant with every living creature that He will never again destroy the earth with a worldwide flood. There have been local floods but there will never be a worldwide flood again. The sign of the covenant is the rainbow. Next time you see the rainbow, remember God’s loving promise.

Promise of fixed times and seasons

(Genesis8v20) for as long as the earth remains.

At first, life may have been tough for Noah’s family and the animals in the new world. Note:

Climatic changes

Most creationists do think that pre-Flood atmospheric pressure and water vapour levels were higher than now, with a resultant milder climate, but certainly not high enough to account for the Flood waters, the primary source of which was the breaking up of the ‘fountains of the deep.’

Creation scientists tell us that conditions immediately after the Flood may have led to the onset of the Ice Age i.e. warm oceans and cold continents, causing the water that evaporated from the warm oceans to fall as snow over the cold land, without thawing in summer and thus the ice accumulated quickly. These conditions may have lasted 500-700 years. The Ice Age never covered more than one third of the earth’s land surface, even at its greatest extent.

While the Bible does not distinctly tell us of the Ice Age, there are some hints in the book of Job. It is believed that Job lived in the centuries following the Flood. The book of Job has more references to ice, cold and snow than any other book in the Bible (cp. Job 37v9-10; 38v22-23, 29-30).

Extinction of dinosaurs and other creatures

Dinosaurs were created on day 6 of creation week, along with all the other kinds of land animals and man (Genesis 1v24-31). Two of every kind of land animal went on and off the ark but those outside the ark perished – this included dinosaurs (Genesis 6v19-20; 7v21-23).

Dinosaurs are not the only creatures to become extinct. There are many types of extinct creatures, including dodo birds, mammoths, and sabre-toothed tigers.

Why do animals go extinct? Here are some of the reasons – famines, droughts, floods, fire, diseases, hunting, habitats destroyed, and animals killing each other. Why did dinosaurs die out? When we believe the Bible, it is no mystery. Because of sin, the Curse, and the Flood, we now have such things as famines, droughts, floods, diseases, people killing animals, and animals killing each other. In other words, the same reasons that animals become extinct today are the same reasons that dinosaurs died out.

Some animals would have found it increasingly difficult to survive in the new world – the climate in some places was much colder than before. As food sources may have been less, the big herbivores may have found it difficult to get enough food. People were now allowed to kill and eat animals (Genesis 9v3), so they used them for food, clothing, weapons, jewellery, etc. – and eventually some of those animals became extinct.

Dinosaurs died out after the Flood, not millions of years ago. It was probably just hundreds of years ago.

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