Pegleg And Pangaea

Pastor's Ponderings IllustrationBible Readings for the day: Psalm 89:14-18, Romans 9:22-10:4, 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17
Meditational Reading: 1 Chronicles 1:19
To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg (for in his days the earth was divided), and his brother’s name was Joktan.

Today’s meditational reading (it’s really not meditational in any way, shape, or form today), jumped out at me when I read the Old Testament reading.  It jumped out at me because I never saw this verse before.  I may have read it year after year after year–but it never made an impact on me before.  With all of the names listed in the Old Testament reading, it is likely that I just rushed through the reading without thinking or “seeing” what I was reading.  It’s  a hazard of becoming too overly familiar with God’s Word.  We become so familiar that God’s Word makes little or no impact upon us.

So, why did this verse jump out at me today?  Because I looked up the mirror image of this verse just the other day.  That mirror image is in Genesis 10:25–it’s a direct quote even down to mentioning Joktan!  A few days ago I engaged in an online “conversation” with a person who openly ridiculed biblical Christianity.  He mounted a number of arguments, one in which he ridiculed the idea of a universal flood in the days of Noah.  To his way of thinking, there wasn’t enough water within the earth and its atmosphere to cover the face of the earth–covering even Mount Everest, 29000 feet above sea level.  Now, I’m no expert in hydrology (or whatever the field of science it would be!) and I admitted it.  But I wrote that the Himalayan Mountains were the result of various tectonic plates crashing into each other.  Would the mountains exist if the plates had not yet begun to shift?  What would happen if all we had were rolling hills instead of high mountains?  How much water would be needed then?

If you take a look at a world map, you’ll see that Africa and South America kind of fit together.  According to some geologists, there was once a pangeasingle, super continent, today called “Pangaea”.  You can see a map of pangaea on this page.  Some Christians are flabbergasted and upset at the teaching of pangea.  But what if the Bible inferred the truth of Pangaea?  Peleg is that inference.  It was during his days that “the earth was divided.”  Peleg (I remember him by thinking “Pegleg”) is a form of the Hebrew word “palag” which means to split, to cleave, to divide.  In his days the earth was split, cleaved.  Pangaea began to split up.  And this happened after the flood.

So, what’s the point?  Some Christians become flustered when confronted with scientific arguments, especially arguments against the creation account of Genesis.  You don’t have to feel that way.  A careful reading of the Bible tells us things that fit in with scientific discoveries today.  Tropical plants are found within the Arctic Circle.  “Oh”, the semi-scientist says, “the earth used to be much warmer than it is now.”  Or, from a biblical perspective, the climate today is much as it was in ancient times, what’s really changed is the land masses, some of which moved north, some south, some east, others west.

Pegleg (I mean Peleg) reminds us of this fact.

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