Why didn’t the animals attack Noah in the ark?

The Book of Genesis records a cataclysmic flood which engulfed the whole Earth (see Genesis 6-9).

Noah is instructed by God to gather two of ALL the animals (together with his family) into the Ark he built.

Genesis 6:19-20 (NKJV)

19 And of EVERY LIVING THING of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20 Of THE BIRDS after their kind, of ANIMALS after their kind, and of EVERY CREEPING THING of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.

Bible skeptics have often poked fun at the integrity of this story. “How,” they ask, “was Noah able to collect wild animals into a wooden structure?” Their reasoning is that these brute beasts would have attacked Noah and other creatures of prey in the Ark.

This logic makes sense when you view Scripture NATURALLY. The Bible makes it clear that, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS TO HIM; nor can he know them, because they are SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

But for the spiritually minded, the story of the Flood makes perfect sense. The narrative is riddled with displays of God’s miraculous power, from start to finish:

• God shuts the door to the Ark (Gen 7:16).

• God upholds the Ark above water for several months (Gen 7:17-24).

• God causes the flood to subside (Gen 8:1-5).

If God’s power could make all these possible, then it is preposterous to presume that making wild animals more compliant eludes the same. God, by way of miracle, made the animals come to Noah WILLINGLY (Gen 6:20, 7:9, 15), and tamed them in the Ark.

And this is not the last time that God protects His own from wild beasts. Daniel 6 records how God miraculously stopped the mouths of lions to preserve Daniel’s life. Acts 28 records how Paul is unharmed by a serpent which wrapped itself around his hand (vv. 3-6). God’s is the power to deter wild animals from attacking his servants, and to make them more subservient.

This is EXPECTED since God created nature and controls it (see Job 26:7-13, Job 38:4-41, Psalm 33:6-7, Psalm 89:8-13, Psalm 104:5-26, Psalm 107:23-31, Matt 8:23-27, Luke 5:1-9).

So it’s either the story of the Flood is a myth (as skeptics opine), or it is nothing short of a miracle, from start to finish.


© Josh Banks Ministries. 2022.


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