“New Dinosaur Discovered in Australia” “Huge 13,000 Year Old Mastodon Found in a Michigan Field” “Lucky Beachcomber Finds Giant Tooth from Huge Prehistoric Shark”
These sensational headlines were posted online this past week. A nice change from all the political controversy about our “Really Big” election just two weeks away! Here are the interesting details.
Savannasaurus is the name given to the skeletal bones of this monstrous plant eater that measured one-half the length of a basketball court. It is speculated that this creature lived 95 million years ago and migrated from South America before the continental drift separated Australia from the prehistoric land mass.
The mastodon unearthed in Michigan was an extinct relative of the elephant. Around 65% of the skeleton was found in the State’s thumb region on a stream bank. Researchers will carbon date the bones and try to determine if humans intervened in the animal’s death. I’m reminded of that proverbial bit of wisdom. “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer – “One bite at a time.”
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina made news when a lucky tourist strolling through the waves found a giant shark tooth measuring five inches long. Officials determined the tooth was from Megalodon, a 60 foot shark that became extinct 2.6 million years ago. It appears that Jaws wasn’t so scary after all.
These ancient skeletal remains make the human skeletons on display during this Halloween week look pretty pitiful. They remind me of the insignificance of man compared to the magnitude of God’s creation. Will people in the distant future, be digging through our civilization, trying to determine why we no longer exist?
What could be unearthed—the foundations of once magnificent skyscrapers; portions of tumbled down bronze statues that proclaimed freedom; rusted girders from bridge spans that crossed mighty rivers; granite remains of famous presidents fallen from mountains and monuments.
In the Bible, God set the prophet Ezekiel down in a desolate valley of the dry bones and asked him, “Son of man. Can these bones live?” Ezekiel 37:3
The Good News is that God wasn’t done with Israel in Ezekiel’s day, and I don’t believe He is done with us today, if we will follow His ways.
“Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:4-6