Dinosaurs in the making!

Who doesn't have at least some interest in dinosaurs? They're huge, powerful, scary, ferocious, and bigger than life! Oh... and dead. -At least to the best of our knowledge. You must be one of those people with interest or you would not have come to this page. I myself am quite awed by them and decided this summer to do some dino digging, or making as the case may be. What I found was that with some wire, mesh, newspaper, putty, and time I was able to start housing my own little pet dinosaurs, and here I will share the miniatures with you.

dinosaur fossil

So the dinosaur skull above is roughly what we are set out to duplicate, and you can see the steps following.

dinosaur wire frame

The wire frame above is the beginning structure for my dinosaur skull; it is based off a popular model online of which you can build yourself for $20 or less depending on what material you have available. I used a 16 gauge wire and would suggest something stronger like 12 gauge, but this will work.

dinosaur wire mesh

At this stage I have added an aluminum mesh to the wire structure, now giving the model a more lifelike appearance.

dinosaur paper mache

Then comes adding the skin which is nothing more than paper mache.

dinosaur mud

From this point I am able to add drywall mud to the model which becomes the bone of the creature. After I finish applying another coat or two of mud, the dinosaur will receive its teeth and paint. Check back for updates...

 

velociraptor wire frame

After seeing the successful progression of the first model I leapt into a new level of difficulty, the self supporting velociraptor! I have not gone further with this model but will post pictures as I proceed through each stage as with the first.

 

Jurassic Park 3Jurassic Park 2Jurassic Park 4Jurassic Park 1

These were part of a project to create a Jurassic Park destination for my wooden train collection.

 

dinosaur eye

Dinosaurs in the Bible

Now that we've had a little fun with building model dinosaurs, let's review what the Bible says about them. First I think we must acknowledge that there are at least a couple perspectives on dinosaurs. The commonly popular opinion among scientists so called is that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago long before man ever existed, that they were aggressive killers and died out from some unknown cause. Well at this point I must ask whether you believe in God? Because there are only two stands you can have: that God exists and therefore must be authoritative as supreme being, or that He does not and we came here by chance. Many would love to prove God's nonexistence as an excuse to carry on in their sin without guilt or conscience, but I would argue the opposite and base my discussion of dinosaurs on the belief that God does exist and that His Word is completely accurate.

Though some people will say that God created the earth through evolution let me ask you this, if God used the death cycle of evolution and called it good would that not make God evil? We know by Scripture that God is good and just and has no pleasure in death, so this is not how He would create the world. At the end of the 6 days of creation God saw all that He had made and said it was "very good." We also know that man (Adam and Eve) and land animals were created on the same day, day 6. This means that people and dinosaurs would have lived at the same time.

You must at this point understand that man's sin had not yet corrupted the world and thus dinosaurs (along with snakes, lions, bears, sharks, etc) would not have been dangerous to humans. They likely ate grasses, fruit, and other plants much as great animals do today (elephants, rhinoceros, pandas, giraffes, bison). So you can see that just because an animal is enormous does not necessitate that it must eat other animals to survive.

Noah was instructed to take 2 of every kind of animal on the ark, and this would include dinosaurs. Young dinosaurs were not any larger than animals today and would have fit on that great ark without a problem. We also have our evidence of dinosaurs in parts of Scripture that follow the flood, so this proves that dinosaurs had to be on the ark with Noah and his family. Now that's a new kind of Jurrasic adventure!

So finally let us look at the most detailed dinosaur account in Scripture, the book of Job chapter 40 when God is speaking directly to Job. Note that Job is thought to have lived around the time of Abraham, perhaps a little thereafter; this would be nearly 400 years before Moses.

15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
(This dinosaur was made with man and ate grass)

16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
(This dinosaur had a mighty tail like a tree, not like that of an elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus, or rhinoceros)

18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
(This dinosaur lived with other animals)

21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.

22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
(The Jordan river runs along the east side of Israel, so this dinosaur lived in the region of Israel with people)

24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

 

A greater creature also described is Leviathan in chapter 41:

1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
(This dinosaur is a sea creature)

2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
(This dinosaur is aggressive)

4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
(This dinosaur is NOT people friendly)

6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
(This creauture is so dangerous that not a man can approach it, yet God is greater than Leviathan so how can man ever dare to approach God if he cannot even come near a creature that is made inferior to God? This is only done through Jesus Christ)

11 Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?

14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.

15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
(Some suggest that Leviathan was a crododile, but crocodiles don't have scales like this)

16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
(These scales are air tight)

17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

18 By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
(Leviathon can breathe a flaming gas and its eyes glow)

19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
(Leviathan is what we could term a fire breathing dragon, and where do you suppose the dragon legends came from?)

20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
(Smoke vents through Leviathan's nose)

21 His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
(Fire may be a defensive weapon of this dinosaur)

22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.

23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.

26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.

27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
(This dinosaur is so strong that iron and brass are nothing to it)

28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
(This dinosaur can raise the temperature of the water about him to the point of boiling)

32 He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
(Leviathan leaves an oily substance in its wake)

33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
(This dinosaur has no fear because no enemy can approach it, none that is but God)

34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
(Leviathan is a parallel to Satan who is also the king over all evil, yet made by God and under His dominion)

Perhaps this is the greatest lesson we can learn about dinosaurs, that Satan is often referred to as Leviathan which in light of the passage in Job tells us that even Satan is inferior to God as merely a created being. And while none can approach Satan and live, we know that Jesus Christ defeated Satan at the cross and provided a means of salvation for us. The Son of God has made it possible for us as believers in Christ to not only approach Leviathan (Satan) but to crush him under foot by the power of Jesus Christ our Savior. The LORD be praised!!!

 

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