“Behemoth” In The Bible Is Not A Dinosaur
By David J. Stewart | December 2015
Job 40:15, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox..”
I am firmly convinced from rightly dividing the Scriptures that the Bible teaches an Old Earth, but a Young Human Race. There is an abundance of evidence in support of an Old Earth, but hardly nothing (except bizarre claims) to support the heresy of a Young Earth.
Psalms 102:25, “Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.”
Evolution is laughable! Young Earth advocates (supporters) often attempt to yoke proponents (supporters) of an Old Earth along with evolutionists, which not only confuses people, but unfairly represents the Old Earth crowd. I am 100% convinced of an Old Earth, yet I do not believe in any form of evolution. I am totally against Theistic Evolution, which is the teaching that God created everything billions of years ago, but then it evolved. I agree with science that the universe is 13 billion years old. However, mankind has only been upon the earth since God remodeled it around the year 4,004 BC.
The doctrine of an Old Earth Creation is commonly called in theological circles, the “Gap Principle.” It's not a theory if you study the Bible, particularly Genesis chapter one and the use of different Hebrew words concerning creation. The Hebrew for “created” is bara, an absolute word, meaning “to create something from nothing.” This strong word is only used in verse one, and then doesn't appear again until Genesis 1:21 concerning the creation of the whales, and man in Genesis 1:27. If God created everything in it's original existence in the 6-days, then why did God use different words to describe the processes of creation? Clearly, there is more to the story than most Christians care to research. The primary promoters of the Young Earth heresy (e.g., Ken Ham, Henry Morris III, Eric Hovind, et cetera), without exception, are all making millions-of-dollars selling their theological fraud. For an excellent exegesis of this subject, please read THE REMODELING by Dr. Max D. Younce, an excerpt from his classic book titled, “The Truth About Evolution; Or, Don't Let Satan Make A Monkey Out Of You!”
The Bible says that Adam named “every living creature” (Genesis 2:19), yet modern scientists named all the 1,047 known species of dinosaurs (and that's not including all the prehistoric mammals). This observation tells us plenty by itself.
Job 40:15-24, “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.”
Also, the Holy Bible mentions the names of over 200 different varieties of animals, yet there's no mention of any dinosaurs or prehistoric animals. Young Earth advocates desperately grasp for straws trying to turn the “behemoth” mentioned in Job into a dinosaur (Job 40:15). The Hebrew word for behemoth is actually plural, referring to multiple beasts. There is much debate over whether this word refers to hippopotamuses or elephants, but not one respectable Bible scholar interprets this to mean a “dinosaur.” Remember, the word is PLURAL, a herd. Here's a bunch of commentaries on Job 40:15, so you can see what many leading theologians think on the matter. I kind of lean toward an elephant, whose bones are like bars (Job 40:18).
The Bible identifies the lion is the strongest of all beasts. Proverbs 30:30, “A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any.” Certainly, a Sabertooth Tiger (whose skeletal remains I have seen on display at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California) would have been much stronger than a lion. Have you ever seen a Sabertooth? They're giant!!! And how about a Woolly Mammoth? There's no way that a lion would be the strongest of all beats if the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures lived amongst mankind. It is absolutely laughable that religious shyster Ken Ham's new Noah's Ark Theme Park being erected in Kentucky will have dinosaurs aboard the ark. Oh boy! The $120 million project is projected to generate several billions-of-dollars in revenues over ten years! END
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