Tour the Ark Encounter - Part 1

Tour the Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

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Not long ago we had the chance to travel to Kentucky to check out the Ark Encounter. Let me tell you, there is nothing like pulling up and seeing the massive size of the Ark! Even with Noah's Ark being such a familiar story for most of us you can't really grasp the enormity of what that would have looked like until you see it built to scale. It was amazing to see in person how the ark would have looked and how it could have operated. Because of how many pictures I have to share I'm breaking this up into two posts, and even then there is so much more to see! Ready for a look?

Tour the Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 For perspective, that red dot on the other side of the lake is a person. That ramp is built for vehicles to drive on.

Tour the Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 There were gift shops, coffee stands, and music stages outside. Most of these were closed during our visit in early April (We went during Matzah Week).

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 Standing beneath the ark and looking up.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 Cages for smaller animals and containers for water.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 What it could have looked like to store the amount of grains needed to feed the animals.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 While Scripture provides many specifics about the construction of the ark, we are left to wonder at how the inside might have looked with practicalities like animal cages, food storage, living quarters for Noah's family, objects they might have brought along, and so on. They emphasized that what you see is their interpretation of what that could have looked like and how things might have worked.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 In the 600th year of Noah's life all the fountains of the great deep burst forth and the floodgates of Heaven opened. -Genesis 7:11

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 One theory was the family could have propagated moths to feed the amphibians and reptiles.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Standing in the center of the ark and looking upwards.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 There were likely many animals on the Ark that are extinct today.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 The animals looked so real and many of the cages made noises while you went past. It was convincing!

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 Everywhere you turned there was information - we learned a lot.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Water jugs for the people and animals.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 The Ark wasn't as big as the Titanic but it was longer that the Statue of Liberty is high!

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 A glimpse of what the world might have looked like pre-flood and explanations of why YHWH brought judgment on it.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 There were many miniatures depicting the wickedness of the world before the flood, like in this gladiator like scene.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

The giants/Nephilim of Scripture was briefly touched on as well.

Ark Encounter | Land of Honey


Recently a celebrity musician dressed up to look like this goddess.


Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 They answered all the common questions about Noah's story.


Ark Encounter | Land of Honey


Ark Encounter | Land of Honey



Ark Encounter | Land of Honey


Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 How the smaller animals could have been houses. They shared about ventilation, cleaning, and feeding as well.

Visiting the Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

Visiting the Ark Encounter | Land of Honey


Noah at the Ark Encounter | Land of Honey

 So Noah here is a Sculpture but he moves and talks. There are buttons you can press to ask questions and then he explains.

Visiting the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky | Land of Honey

I never thought about this but they depicted a library on board. 



Visiting the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky | Land of Honey

Visiting the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky | Land of Honey


Lots more picture to come! Have you visited the Ark Encounter? What did you think of it?

Hebrew School: Keeping the Law


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The argument goes like this, "But we can't keep the law perfectly." 

Have you ever heard this? Or thought this yourself? Many times hearing of someone who is attempting to follow Scripture's less popular instructions like not eating certain animals or recognizing that the Sabbath day is actually the seventh day of the week and not the first, calls to mind the words from James 2:10.

"Anyone who guards the Torah, and yet stumbles in one point, he is guilty of breaking it all."

Mostly we've heard this and thought, "Eh, there's no way I could do this 100% perfectly, so why even try?" Or, "I know I'm going to break it in this area so why go out of my way to keep it in another?" And that's been an incredibly unfortunate and incorrect way to view this passage.

Imagine if we carried this same logic to our wedding day, would we admit that we won't be able to love our spouse perfectly so we're not going to bother making an effort?

Despite our best intentions with our marriage there will be slip ups. Frustrations can lead to harsh words. Communication won't always be clear. Requests are easily forgotten. Actions can be hurtful. Frustration is inevitable in marriage and that's okay. I don't expect perfection from my husband and he extends that same kindness to me. It's okay that we aren't perfect spouses. Does that mean we should say, "Well I can't love you perfectly so it doesn't matter if I am faithful to you,"? Of course not! Realizing we are not perfect does not let us off the hook of the basics of how to treat your partner. Is a frustration from an honest mistake from your husband or wife different than he or she intentionally doing something you asked them not to? That's how it is for our Creator as well. Like in a healthy marriage, we should do our best to love and honor YHWH to the best of our ability.

Similarly, a business owner doesn't hire someone for a job expecting a flawless performance every week. But that doesn't mean the employee is off the hook with his work duties either. The employer holds the employee accountable to show up on time, have a good attitude and complete the tasks required of the job. Not being perfect doesn't mean we should neglect what is asked of us.

To go back to the verse from James, the point isn't that there's no point in trying. The point is that no matter how seemingly insignificant the instruction is to us, it matters to the one who gave it to us. Don't give yourself permission to break even the lesser commandments. Yes, slip ups happen sometimes. But as in relationships and job situations we are still expected to do our best. As with the guideline of marriage vows for how to treat our spouse, the commandments are given so that we can know how to live. Like with marriage, it takes effort on our part to have the best relationship possible with the Creator.

Have questions about the Hebrew faith?


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Do you have questions about the Hebrew faith? Whether the idea of people following the Messiah and keeping Sabbath and celebrating the Biblical holidays is new to you or not, chances are there are a few things that you're not quite sure about. The different schools of thought can definitely be confusing. Many times simple questions can be answered harshly online and that bums me out because asking questions is how we learn. I don't think it's fair to treat someone like they are stupid because they want to know something. And in all likelihood if one person is wondering that so are others.

So I wanted to create a comfortable place to ask questions. When you submit below no one will see it besides me. I get asked different things pretty often and while I try to keep up with them, it can be a lot. I'm not promising to answer every question that comes in, but hopefully this will help give me insight into what people are wondering about so I can answer at least a few things. Plus, answering questions on the blog will let more people in on the conversation. So if there's something about the Hebrew faith - understanding of a Bible verse, what to do for Sukkot, how to eat according to Scripture, etc. - ask away below.

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Menorah + Blossoms


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It's a beautiful time of year and I decided to have some fun with it. I can't resist Spring weather or the smell of the apples blossoms and the lilacs so I set up a lovely little nook for some Bible study. It was a fun change of pace and so refreshing. There's nothing like reading in the sunshine.