Genesis 8

Genesis 8 has Noah and his ark floating on the waters which have now completely covered the earth.  “God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark”.  God was on watch the entire time Noah and what was left of His creation were holed up in the ark.  And as the days went by, God made the wind blow in order to begin drying out the earth.  “At the end of 150 days the waters had abated….the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat”.

So the ark has landed but the waters were still over the earth.  Noah sends out a raven, and then a dove to try and determine what the status of the land was.  Finally the dove came back with an olive leaf and Noah knew things were starting to dry.  The next time he sent out the dove, it didn’t return and Noah knew the land had dried and could support life.  “Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry”.  But Noah doesn’t rush off the ark.  He waits.

God said to Noah, Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you”.  God tells him to unload the ark and bring the birds and animals and every creeping thing off the boat onto the land.  So Noah obeys God again.  And the boat is unloaded and his family disembarks and “Noah built an altar to the Lord”.  He immediately offers a sacrifice to the Lord.  Noah doesn’t take credit, nor forget how God saved his family from the destruction the rest of the world had experienced.  Noah remembered the Lord.

And God remembered Noah too.  ” And when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done”.  The promise comes – God is not going to do the same thing again and destroy all of mankind for their evil ways.  God gives us that promise – He knows the heart of man and the reality that sin will be part of the world man lives in.  And God commits to not cleaning house like He did this time.

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