Genesis 8

Genesis 8 has Noah and family on the ark.  They have experienced 40 days of rain, and were locked up with the animals and birds they had loaded up before the floods.  Then scripture tells us “God remembered Noah”.  That is pretty important – they had to wondering about the food and feed supply.  God caused the wind to blow and the water began to subside.  “At the end of 150 days the waters had abated”.  That doesn’t mean that the ground was dry – just that it had began to go down.   I found the following excerpt from The Adam Clarke Commentary very insightful….. 

From this it appears that Noah was in the ark a complete solar year, or three hundred and sixty-five days; for he entered the ark the 17th day of the second month, in the six hundredth year of his life, (Genesis 7:11,13), and continued in it till the 27th day of the second month, in the six hundredth and first year of his life. The months of the ancient Hebrews were lunar; the first six consisted of thirty days each, the latter six of twenty-nine; the whole twelve months making three hundred and fifty-four days: add to this eleven days, (for though he entered the ark the preceding year on the seventeenth day of the second month, he did not come out till the twenty-seventh of the same month in the following year,) which make exactly three hundred and sixty-five days, the period of a complete solar revolution; the odd hours and minutes, as being fractions of time, noncomputed, though very likely all included in the account. This year, according to the Hebrew computation, was the one thousand six hundred and fifty-seventh year from the creation.

God had the details worked out exactly so.  Noah sends out a raven and a dove to test the waters so to say – and see if it was time to get off the boat.  They came back empty the first couple times, but soon enough the dove would carry back a branch and after waiting a bit longer – Noah and all exit.  God’s direction – much the same as it had been for Adam and Eve – “be fruitful and multiply on the earth”.  We are in rebuilding mode – everything has perished except for those animals and Noah’s family on the boat. 

So what does Noah do?  “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord”.  Noah gets his priorities straight.  He worships.  He puts God where He belongs – first above all else.  God’s response is very positive as He promises “I will never again curse the ground because of man…..while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease”.   God is clear that this is a one time deal – no more destruction of all that is on the earth.  He promises a consistent and dependable earth.  Noah caused God to smile on mankind once again.  He was pleased with the restart.  Are you living a life pleasing to God?  That is an important task for all of us to seek!

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brad Kowerchuk on April 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    What did God mean when he is quoted in Genesis 8:21 as saying — “because the inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up”, and how does that emphasize the need for the ransom?


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