Noah’s Ark is portrayed many times as a ship with rudders or sails for guidance. But this is not what it says according to the Bible. Noah’s Ark was not intended to be a sailing ship but an enclosed barge-like vessel that was used to safely house animals and the eight members of Noah.s family (Genesis 7:7-9),(I Peter 3:20), (II Peter 2:5).
“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of : the length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof : with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it” (Genesis 6:13-16).
The Bible says the Ark was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high (Genesis 6:15) according to a cubit of measurement which was about 18 inches from the elbow to the finger tips. Based on a cubit, the Ark was about the size of a World War II escort aircraft carrier (CVE), Casa Blanca Class. Put into perspective, the size of the Ark is the equivalent volume of 522 railroad livestock cars, each of which can hold 240 sheep. Assuming that the average size of an animal on the Ark was smaller than a sheep. It is easy to visualize the Ark having space for approximately 16,000 animals needed to represent the various “kinds”, with plenty of room left over for supplies. God brought to Noah pairs of each “kind” of land-dwelling, air breathing animals unto the Ark (Genesis 7:2,3,9,22). This requirement would have included dinosaurs, after all God created them, along with man on Day Six of Creation week (Genesis 1:24-27). The largest animals were probably represented by young adults. From a biblical perspective dinosaurs not only lived with man before the Flood, but they also survived the Flood to live with man after it (Genesis 8:19),(Job 40:15).
God gave Noah the exact specifications to build the Ark. God was the One who guided the Ark. He was the One who brought the animals to Noah to put on the Ark. The Flood was not a local flood but a flood that covered the whole earth above the highest mountains at that time. The water exceeded 15 cubits (22 and 1/2 feet) above these mountains (Genesis 7:17-20). God directed the Ark to “the mountains of Ararat” were it came to rest after the waters were receding (Genesis 8:3-4). Notice the Scripture said “the mountains of Ararat”. That is interesting because there are two mountains of Ararat : The Greater Mount Ararat and the Lesser Mount Ararat.
Noah’s Ark was in God’s hands and everybody inside were safe as can be! You can be safe in God’s hands today through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ! He is our Ark of safety today! Call upon Him today! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). Amen!