How often do you think Pangaea is the topic of conversation during a child’s bedtime story? Probably not very often. How about Pangaea and the Bible? Probably even less. Yet that is exactly what I found myself discussing tonight. While reading a book about dinosaurs to my 2 year old son, Pangaea was mentioned. My 8 year old daughter overheard this and piped up, “That’s not true!” “Why not?” I asked. “Because,” my daughter continued, “God made the earth like it is.” “Really?” I asked. “Are you sure?” “Yes,” she replied confidently. “Well,” I began, “Let’s see what the Bible says.” We started with Genesis 1:9 and 10–“Then God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land ‘earth’….” I pointed out that the water was gathered to one place, which suggested the land was also in one place. I also pointed out that the dry land was called “earth.” Then we went to Genesis 10:25–“Eber had two sons. One was named Peleg, for during his days the earth was divided; his brother was named Joktan.” I reminded her that “earth” meant dry land, and pointed out that the dry land was divided in the days of Peleg. “So,” I concluded, “I know this doesn’t absolutely prove it but it’s possible that the continents started as one giant land mass and split apart in the days of Peleg.” Being 8 and still (barely) convinced of my omniscience (LOL), she conceded the point.
Talking about Pangaea got me thinking. I believe all the scriptures testify of Christ (Luke 24:27). How might Peleg and Genesis 10:25 speak of Christ?
Before I give my thoughts, I wanted to see if anyone out there cares to hazard an opinion. There are no right or wrong answers; we’re just brainstorming. (Besides, this allows me to stall until I think of something. LOL). Leave a comment below, and tell me what you think!
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The first thing that came to my mind was this picture of Jesus walking on the dry land of earth. Our choice had caused the division and now earth was a dead dark planet separate and divided from His Father. Everywhere He looks he sees human hearts in slavery to the dryness and the darkness leaving us totally blind. I see Him walking on that dry land….knowing full well the plan of God to bring us into Himself. This verse came to mind….
For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Cool! Thanks for sharing, Em 🙂
I have no idea.
Mark 27:51….. “and after he died, the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, the earth SHOOK……. and the rocks SPLIT!!!” Mark 27:54—– “and the centurion and others were guarding Jesus, they became extremely terrified at the EARTHQUAKE, and the centurion said, “SURELY………. this man, was the SON OF GOD!!!”.
Amen! Thank you for sharing those verses. That really adds to the post!
I believe the earth being divided during the days of Peleg was a foreshadowing of the Lord confusing the languages at the Tower of Babel (a result of sin). If the land is divided and (later) the languages are confused, it would be much more difficult for the people to unite against the Lord and destroy themselves because of their sinful alliance.
Good thoughts! I hadn’t thought of connecting it to Babel but I can see that. Thanks for your comment 🙂