The Star (Nairobi)

5 January 2013

Kenya: A Modern Day Version of Noah's Ark, Part One

Long time ago in biblical times, God used to speak to some people, one on one. Not in the dreams some people of today claim to have met God and actually taken orders from him.

I for one, have never believed the many prophets and prophetesses who have come forward to warn people that God has said this and that to them to pass over to us.

I do not believe there are any living prophets in the contemporary world. It cannot simply happen at this age and time. We are either too filthy to deserve God's attention or we have gone too far into sin that even the sound of God is unable to reach us.

It must have been scary to speak to God in those days. Knowing that the voice actually came from God himself, and seeing evidence of his presence in physical transformation, must have been awesome. Consider the time God spoke to Noah.

God- "Noah!" No answer. Noah must have heard the call but was afraid to answer.

God- "Noah! This is your lord calling!" Noah was beside himself. He had to answer though.

Noah: "Yes Lord! I hear you. How can I be of help to almighty?"

God: "I need no help from you! I am the almighty! But listen up Noah, the world has become unbearable to me. Violence has spread all over the world and I am beginning to regret why I ever created the earth and put people and animals in it. I have decided to destroy the whole world and everything in it.

I have found you as the only sane and righteous person alive today. So I want you to go to the forest and gather the best timber and build an ark!

Noah- "Dear good Lord! What is an ark and how do I build it?"

God- Let's just call it a ship, or a vessel that will floats in water. I am going to finish the world by drowning it. How do you do it? Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Give it a roof and leave 18 inches between the roof and the sides.

Seal it with tar to avoid taking in water. Then bring in all the species of animals and birds, all living things that breathes, two by two. Male and female.

I will use you and your sons and the animals you chose, to repopulate the earth. You have exactly seven days to do that."

Noah did not argue with God. But he must have appreciated the enormous task that lay before him. To build a marine vessel half the size of a soccer field was not a piece of cake.

He was not probably the only carpenter and I am sure if he asked for help from people who knew that he and his sons and their wives were the only ones who would survive, they would not help. But the book says, he did as God commanded.

The biggest problem was when he had to bring in the animals. There were many of them waiting in line. Big and small. First he had to take the insects.

Flies,coacroches,snails, etc. Otherwise if they came in with the rest of the large animals, they would be squashed under the weights of the giants and he would need to go out and look for replacement.

And remember, he had to check everyone of them to satisfy that he did not have two males or females of a kind. That was the most difficult part of the assignment since most of the insects do not have sexual dimorphism.

That is, one cannot tell from simple observation, which is female and which is male. He had to be perfect on gender equity. Then when it came to the giants, more challenges must have cropped up.

Giraffes were too tall to fit the doors, elephants were too fat, rhinos kept poking others from the rear with their forward pointing horns, lions kept calling out that they are the kings of the jungle and they should go first, and when he picked a male goose, the goose would insist to go in with his wife, not just another female because geese mate with the same female throughout their lives.

They are that celibate! But Noah had such authority over everything that he was able to muscle his way through the assignment. He had seven days. He made it. Next week---how would" Jack" fit into Noah's shoes today?

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