Genesis Chapter 8 (Review)

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  1. And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged.

Then Gods attention/remembrance was drawn towards Noah. God took his attention off them because of his grief of the wickedness of man. He then chose not to remember, he never actually forgot, neither does he forget anyone or anything. Then He made a wind pass over the earth to blow away the waters. A regular human might have considered using the Sun to dry up the waters.

  1. The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.

The windows of the sky and the underwater fountains were stopped

  1. And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

The waters kept reducing for 150 days

  1. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

When Noah was 600years, 6months, 17days when the ark rested on the mountains of Arat. (The waters had come down to a point where the peak of mountains were visible).

  1. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

The waters continued reducing up until the 10th month.

  1. ¶ And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
  2. and he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

The raven kept going forth and back

  1. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground.

He sent a dove as well. From this, we can deduce that the animals on the ark were not tranquilized or asleep during this whole period. They were fully functional and obedient to Noah as well.

  1. But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark; for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. Then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
  2. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark.
  3. And the dove came in to him in the evening, and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

The dove could not land anywhere as trees were still covered by water, so she returned to the ark and Noah took her in. She couldn’t make it in by her own strength. Then Noah sent her forth again after 7days and she returned with an olive leaf, and he took her in again. Like I said before, the trees didn’t die in the flood. That is why the dove was able to bring a leaf.

  1. And he stayed yet other seven days, and sent forth the dove, which returned not again unto him anymore.

Then when he sent forth this same dove again, she did not return because she had found a resting place.

  1. ¶ And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

On Noahs 601st birthday, this happened

  1. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

When Noah was 601years, 1month, 27days, the earth dried.

  1. And God spake unto Noah, saying,
  2. Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
  3. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

Come out of the ark. You and all things in it.  Bring them out, that they may be fruitful and multiply. That was just God’s requirement. That was the reason for bringing them out.

  1. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
  2. every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
  3. ¶ And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

Noah and family went forth, and the animals went forth as well.

So now, humanity and animals were wiped away except for Noah, the ark and its contents. I explained earlier that Adam means mankind, man, humanity or Just Adam -a name. So now, its safe to say Adam had begun again. Adam being Humanity.

Then Noah built an altar, possibly the second or third or further to exist as Cain and Abel offered burnt sacrifice on altar also.

  1. And the Lord smelled a sweet savor ; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.

if we chech Genesis 6:5, we see that it mentions the evil imaginations/thoughts of men, and this current verse confirms that it was the very reason God decided to bring the flood. The aroma of the burnt offering got to the presence of God and He decided within him that He would not cause such destruction again.

  1. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

For as long as there is still earth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night….will not end. Meaning they stopped during the flood. Of which Noah was in the ark little over a year…but from this point on,..they would not stop anymore.

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