Dragons and Humans

My kids’ reenactment of life after the Flood

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a book or listened to a program about dinosaurs flatly informing us that no human being has ever seen one alive.

Does the Bible say anything about this?

Water dwellers and flying creatures were made one day before Adam. All land creatures were made on the same day as Adam. So, since by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; (Romans 5:12a) the dinosaurs couldn’t have died before Adam and Eve were created.

Turns out we have lots of evidence that people were quite familiar with dinosaurs

We just never called them that until the mid-1800s. We called them dragons. (That’s my eldest son’s “Dragony” in the foreground).

Here are a few things people have made that show dinosaurs:

Check out this mosaic found in Italy showing life along the Nile about 100 years before Jesus was born. It is called the Palestrina Mosaic after the town it was found in.

100BC mosaic of nile warriors fighting a dragon

 

The particular dragon shown in this scene was called a crocodile-leopard. Is that what you would call it? (This scene also shows what REALLY happened to the dinosaurs.)

Flag of Bhutan Eesti: Bhutani lipp Français : ...

Flag of Bhutan

Next we have an example from the Far East, or rather the Top of the World.  Bhutan is just east of Nepal up in the Himalayas. There are so many drawings, statues and carvings of dragons in the East that you might just get the idea people knew about these animals.

Cultures around the world have all had stories and pictures of dragons. Europeans grow up with stories of brave warriors fighting dragons. Western Africans have these stories too. The Tagalog of the Philipines, the Maori of New Zealand, and the Algonquins of the USA all have stories of dragons.

Remember Daniel and the king’s dream? Here’s Nebuchadnezzar’s take on dragons.

Ishtar Gate dragon Photo credit: Zunkir

Ishtar Gate Dragon

Just to compare, here’s another animal from the same gate so you can decide if those artists were any good at showing an animal accurately:

Fragments of the processional street of the Is...

Ishtar Gate Creature

And one more version from the Vikings. What do you think, did they copy something somebody had seen, or did they have really vivid dreams?

Viking Ship Head Post

And for comparison:

Brachiosaurus animatronic model

Brachiosaurus animatronic model

 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. Isaiah 27:1

I’ve written lots more about Dragons

Answers in Genesis has written quite a bit about dragon legends around the world. You can learn a lot wandering their section on the subject.

I had a look around JafiraDragon.com and liked its summaries of dragon stories around the world, and listing of general characteristics by region. Even their Theories page makes me wish the author knew God agrees that people were alive at the same time as dragons/dinosaurs/pterodactyls, etc.

Perhaps the most interesting of the websites that realizes this is: S8int.com he has a whole section on Mega Fauna that’s mostly about dragons.

To Buy:

My favorite book about dragons an people:

#1 Untold Secrets of Planet Earth: Dire Dragons

And

Answers in Genesis carries a number of dragon materials, from books to DVDs. Clicking through from my page and purchasing something means I get an automatic percentage of whatever you choose. Thanks!

 

Black and Yellow Butterfly on a Leaf

The Seed of the Woman

Scroll of the Psalms

Bible Scroll

And I will put hatred between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

God didn’t make people wait thousands of years before sharing His plans with them. He started telling us things that matter in our relationship to Him from the beginning of Genesis.  The verse here is called by a very big name  “Proto-Evangelium,” which is a fancy way of saying, “the first Gospel message.”

Just what is the Gospel, and how does this verse share it?

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Mark 1:1

Gospel is an Old English word that means Good Message.  It’s an accurate way to translate the word that the New Testament writers used.  So what Good Message is it?  Mark says that his whole book is the Gospel of Jesus.  A Bible word search shows that there is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,  of Jesus, of grace, of God, of God’s Son, of peace, and of our salvation.  Are these different Gospels? No, Paul tells us there is only one (Galatians 1:7), and that is the news of what Jesus has done for us that gives us salvation when we believe Him (Romans 1:16).

So, how does Genesis 3:15 tell us about Jesus and His Good News? God is talking to Satan just after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit destroying their good relationship with Him.  God tells Satan that his “seed” and the woman’s “seed” will be enemies from that time on.  “Seed” is talking about offspring, children and such. So, this tells us that there are those who follow Satan (John 8:44) and there are those who come in Eve’s line.  The rest of the verse helps us understand what “the seed of the woman” is talking about.

Man’s sandy foot

It shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  We don’t call people ‘it’ unless we’re playing tag, but the special thing God says is ONE of Eve’s children who would bruise Satan’s head and get his heel bruised by Satan.  This bruising isn’t talking about getting a black and blue sore, it’s really a lot worse than that.  The word means to crush and to fall upon (the only other verse to use this word, Psalm 139:11 talks about darkness “crushing” him).

So, both the Seed of the Woman and the Seed of the Serpent would be crushed. But where?

If you had to either get your head crushed or your heel scrunched up, which would be worse?  That’s what this verse says was going to happen.

So we know that One of Eve’s descendants would crush Satan’s head, but He would have to have His heel crushed too.  More tomorrow!