Saturday, December 10, 2011

Symbol 7 - Arm (Cubit Ruler)

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Genesis 6 tells how mankind's corruption had turned into wicked proportions.  God warned He would to send a flood to destroy mankind, except for one righteous man, Noah.

God instructed Noah to build an ark to keep his family and the animals safe.  God gave Noah instructions how to build the ark, with a length of 300 cubits, width 50 cubits, and height 30 cubits.

A cubit was the variable distance between an adult elbow and tip of the middle finger.  Most Hebrew scholars believe the Ark was built using an 18" cubit, making the ark 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.

To put this in perspective, the ark would have had equal the capacity of 569 modern railroad cars.  This would be more floor space than 21 standard college basketball courts.   

The remarkable element to the story of Noah's Ark is its God-given formula for a 1:6 construction ratio (length x width x height) of 30 x 5 x 3.  Our modern-day science of naval architecture has confirmed this to be the most stable ratio for an ocean vessel.

Today's Jesse Tree symbol is the.....

The Arm--The Ancient Cubit Ruler

Genesis 6:5-22