HOW COULD ALL THE ANIMALS FIT INTO NOAH'S ARK? WASN'T THE ARK TOO SMALL TO CONTAIN ALL THE VARIETIES OF CREATURES IN THE WORLD?
The Bible gives the size of the ark in cubits. God told Noah the complete details of it:
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 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 6:14-16)
"Three hundred cubits" was its length, "fifty cubits" its breadth, and "thirty cubits" its height.
Generally a cubit is 18 inches, and that would mean 450 feet was its length, 75 feet its breadth, and 45 feet its height. Some scholars, based on ancient findings, indicate that a cubit was 20.6 inches, which would mean the ark would have been 515 feet in length, 86 feet in breadth, and 52 feet in height. It was a huge structure anyway.
The next largest ship of ancient times is said to be an Egyptian vessel which was 130 cubits in length and 40 cubits in breadth.
The ark was built in such a way as to endure the mighty waters and the fury of nature that would burst upon every quarter. Its structure was well designed and planned by God Himself to have more than sufficient space for all its occupants. It was a three storied construction. God said:
With lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. (Genesis 6:16)
It is suggested that Noah's ark bore a weight of more than seventy five thousand tons!
God told Noah as to how many animals he has to take into the ark.
Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. (Genesis 7:2, 3)
That is, a pair of all unclean animals, and seven pairs of all clean animals. (Leviticus Chapter 11 gives the details of how to know which is clean and which is not.)
The space in the ark would be sufficient for every "kind" of animal. Science has categorized the animals into various divisions. Every "kind" was preserved in the ark. God told Noah:
Every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. (Genesis 7:14)
The word "kind" and "sort" are interchangeably used in the above text. "Kind" comes from the Hebrew word "meen" which means "to portion out", "to sort out"; and the dictionary suggests it's a reference to the division of species.
We come across this word "kind" right in the creation narration in Genesis Chapter 1.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. (Genesis 1:24)
We know that man and animals were both created on the same sixth day; animals were created before man. And Adam was created first and later in the day Eve was created.
Before creating Eve, God brought all the kinds of animals to Adam for him to name them. In a matter of a little time (less than a day-before Eve was created) he gave names to all of them!
And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:19-22)
When it was time for the flood to finally come, Noah and all the "kinds" of animals entered the ark in a single day!
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him... In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. (Genesis 7:1-5, 13-16)
For Noah to go around and bring all the animals in would have been an impossible task. It was the hand of the Lord that brought them in. Noah and his family went in and the animals followed Noah! The record declares:
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark... There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female. (Genesis 7:7, 9)
It was not a natural phenomenon; it was a supernatural scene. The wild and the mild living in harmony for little over a year! All the food supply for them was taken into the ark as well as the Lord commanded Noah.
Many skeptics say it was impossible for all these animals to fit into Noah's ark. Therefore they deny the reliability of the Bible and state it was just a man-written book! Well, if I were that man to write this "cooked-up" story, I would not have given the measurements of the ark! The very fact that all the intricate details were given shows that it is truth, and truth will stand any investigation!
The fossil records are a great proof that there was a worldwide flood. Several scientists, who were evolutionists, after honestly investigating the evidence, have become creationists!
Even the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about Noah and the worldwide flood. If at all it was a fairy tale the Lord should have told us of it. But on the contrary, He spoke in affirmation to it. Talking about the unrighteous who did not believe that the flood was coming, as God's Word declared, Jesus said:
They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:27)
The flood was real, the ark was real, and the destruction was real! And all the kinds of animals truly had enough and more space in Noah's floating zoo!