Sedimentary Rock

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day allthe fountains of great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”  – Genesis 7: 11 – 12    “And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.” – Genesis 7: 24    “And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the one hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.” – Genesis 8: 3

sedimentary-rock1.  These verses in Genesis are absolutely critical for understanding what was going on during the Flood

  • Genesis 7: 11 says that the Great Flood was actually a two-fold event:
  • Fountains from underneath the earth opened up – notice that they are described as fountains or geyser-like
  • Water-based Firmament from above opened – something like an oceanic canopy appears to have comprised much of the atmosphere and created a “Hyperbaric Chamber” effect
  • Genesis 7: 12 says that the rain continued for 40 days – not certain as to what is taking place with the fountains of the deep
  • Genesis 7: 24 would seem to indicate that the Flood reached its culmination about 150 days after it began
  • Genesis 8: 3 uses an expression that the “waters receded continually”

2.  The expression “the waters receded continually” is the closest we have to understanding what is taking place with the water on the earth until it starts to recede

  • The continual receding in Hebrew is an expression that conveys an idea of a constant series of going to and fro (it’s a cyclical pattern of intensity) 1

3.  We such an enormous amount of water engaged in such violent activity back and forth, the impact on the Earth’s surface beneath would be transformative

  • Perhaps chief among these would be the formation of Sedimentary Rock – this is rock formed rapidly under the intense pressure of a lot of moving water (or ice) as it presses down on various sediments (e.g., sand, minerals) 2

4.  Sure enough, 75% of the world’s surface is covered by Sedimentary Rock (note: by the way, igneous and metamorphic are the other main types of rock)

  • This is exactly what we would expect to find as the after effect of a Global Deluge 3

5.  The Bible is accurate in its hydrology 4


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The Grand Canyon is a great way to view Sedimentary Rock – just about the whole thing is laid down sediment

  • Note the rock strata and the distinct striation lines found between the layers of rock
  • Such striation lines between the rock strata is evidence of rapid formation