Genesis 8 – January 8

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Genesis 8 – Noah and the Flood

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”

Unto Him | Dyea Rowland
Scripture

Genesis 8:9

Observation

My soul is feeling a little needy today as this verse spoke to me — like no one’s business. What a perfect picture of how Jesus takes us for himself. Whether we are tired, there are flood waters all around, we are coming to Him for the first time, or returning to Him after a time away, He puts forth his hand, takes us, and pulls us unto Him.

Application

You knew just what I needed today, and that was You pulling my soul close. My soles are tired from running my own show the past couple of days. I could feel it in my bones that I just needed You today (everyday, but You whispered to me today). Aw, that peace, just like a dove – rest assured I will be resting and letting You pull me close today.

Prayer

Father, You sure didn’t let me get too far from You. Thank You for Your outstretched hand, taking and pulling me close, and keeping me as Yours, for always. In Your gentleness…Amen.

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Posted on January 8, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Genesis 8:3 stood out to me today. The lovely attribute of patience. In just this one verse they were in the ark 150 days. Can you imagine their prayers of thanksgiving? Oh, the praise they must have poured out to God. They were certainly playing the waiting game, but they knew that God had a plan.

    So…God’s plans take time. Sometime I need to step back and realize that my immediate situation is just a stepping stone in the grand scheme of His plans. I might not see the end result right now, but I need to trust that He has it figured out.

    With the days provided throughout this chapter and the last, I speculated they were in the ark about 8 months. However, Noah was 600 years, 2 months and 17 days when he entered and was exactly 601 years old when they stepped out of the ark. Are these months a different length than our months? If we went off of those months being the same length as ours, they would have been in there closer to 10 months…eek!

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    • Thanks for sharing, Marie! I was thinking about the length of time on the boat too. They don’t need to do that experiment on finding the type of personality that could withstand the long trip in a spaceship to Mars; it’s already been done. Noah wins! Nothing recorded here that his family killed one another either while they were under these stressful conditions. I’m thinking they were locked up in the boat for a year (verse 7:11,13 ” in the 600th year of Noah’s life, on the 17th day of the 2nd month…on that very day Noah…entered the ark” then verse 8:13-15 “By the 1st day of the 1st month of Noah’s 601st year…by the 27th day of the second month the earth was completely dry. Then God said to Noah, ‘Come out of the ark…'”)

      What is it about Noah’s personality that he could survive this ordeal and also lead his family and pairs of every animal to survive it? I’m just putting my family in Noah’s place, and, um, what I’m imagining is not very pretty and involves things going overboard. I agree with Marie seeing his great patience, and I think it was driven by an even stronger faith, so strong that it could keep his family together and focused on God’s plan too.

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