Jonah 1:17: "Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."
For me, catching a fish of any size is a great accomplishment … but can you imagine what it would be like to find a gigantic Mola mola at the end of your fishing line? Also known as the ocean sunray, the Mola mola is the world's largest bony fish, weighing as much as 5,000 pounds and measuring up to 14 feet from top to bottom!
Scientists aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus recently spotted and photographed one of these gigantic fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean. One researcher told Live Science, "They fascinate me because there is so little known about them despite their large size."
Another researcher agrees. Rich Bell, a fisheries scientist aboard the research vessel, said: "Their actual biology is relatively little known. Mating, their growth, migration patterns, are not particularly well-known."
And yet, Live Science wasted no time in saying that the fish – which scientists know so little about – "is considered to be evolutionarily advanced as they are thought to be one of the most recent fish families."
Now, as I'm sure you recognize, this isn't a scientific statement at all. It is a statement of faith. By their faith in Darwinism, they simply assume that evolution gave rise to this enormous fish. Creationists, too, exercise faith but it is faith in the never-failing Word of God. And that's why we say with full assurance that the Mola mola comes from the hand of our Creator.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that all living things have their origin in Your Son. From land creatures to fish that live in the sea, He created them all! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Notes: Kacey Deamer, "Holy Mola: Scientists Spot World's Largest Bony Fish," Live Science, 8/1/16. Photo: Mola mola at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Courtesy of Fred Hsu. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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