101-108-Genesis Part 1 Chapter 8
God remembers Noah, and dries up the waters.
One hundred and fifty days the Ark floated upon the waters and the earth was not seen. All that had lived on the earth that breathed the air in its nostrils had perished.
In verse one God remembers Noah and his family and all the living creatures that were in the ark with him. In remembering Noah the mercy of God returned to mankind. The hand that brought judgment against man must also be the hand that brings deliverance. When affliction has done the work of its purpose, rather it is for killing or curing, the affection must be taken away. As the earth was not drowned in a day neither would it be dried in a day. God works his deliverance gradually, that the day of small things may not be despised nor the day of great things to cause the diminished hope.
God sent a wind of mercy to dry up the land and cause the waters to subside and flow into their proper channels for drainage.
In verse two and three the fountains of the deep we stopped up. But not all as some of them were left open for the use and benefit of the world. The rains from heaven were also restrained.
Verse four through six tells us that on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark rested on Mount Ararat. Ararat is said to be in the area of Armenia. Ararat is so high that is overlaps other mountains in the area. One reason that it stands out is that in is located in one of the greatest plains of the area. Ararat has to tops with one being greater in height and the other forming a sharp peak. The Vulgate Latin version renders it the mountains of Armenia; and so Ararat in the Septuagint of (Isaiah 37:38) is rendered Armenia, and in our version also; and it is the more commonly received opinion, that Ararat was a mountain there; and this agrees with the testimonies of various Heathen writers, which are produced by Josephus and Eusebius. Berosus the Chaldean says, ‘it is reported that in Armenia, on a mountain of the Cordyaeans, there is part of a ship, the pitch of which some take off, and carry about with them, and use it as an amulet to avert evils.” (Apud Joseph. Antiqu)
In the tenth month the tops of other mountains could be seen. After another forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark.
In verse eight through eleven Noah sends out the raven and it flew here and there until the waters dried up. Most likely the raven fed on the floating carcasses in the water. Then Noah sent out the dove and soon the dove returned because there was no dry land upon which it could set its feet. Noah waited seven more days and again sent the dove out and in the evening it returned with the leaf of an olive tree in its beak. Noah then knew that the water had receded from the earth.
The dove is an emblem of a gracious soul that finds a solid place of peace in a deluged, defiling world returns to Christ, as its ark, its Noah as a place of rest. The carnal heart, like the raven, takes up with the world feeding on the dead flesh it finds there. The raven like carnal man does not return to the rest of the Lord. Psalm 116:7, “Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”
Noah being commanded, goes out of the ark
In verse thirteen Noah removed the covering from the ark and saw that the ground was dry. Instead of leaving the ark God waited upon God to determine when he and all others in the ark should leave. God is all knowing and His judgments are based on our benefits and not on our desires. God knows better what is best for us far better than we. God knows how long the restraints in our lives should last and the perfect time to remove them. We may have in our impatience found away to have departed the ark not knowing if all the ground was dry and able to support life. God’s time in showing His mercy is the best time. As the Psalmist notes in Psalms 123:2, “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He is gracious to us.” God told Noah when to go into the ark and no matter how difficult it was to remain in the ark Noah would waited for God to tell him when to leave the ark. In all of our ways we must acknowledge God and put Him before us in all the decisions of life. Those who place God before them go in God’s protection. Take notice in this verse that only the water had dried up from the earth.
In verse fourteen, one month and twenty seven more days passed and when Noah looked out from the ark the ground was dry. Then is verse fifteen God spoke to Noah God commanded Noah and his family to come out of the ark in verse sixteen. In verse seventeen through nineteen God also told Noah to bring out all the beast of the fields, the birds of the air, that they may breed abundantly and fill the earth. In obedience to God’s command Noah and his family came out of the ark, all the living creatures also came forth from the ark and populated the earth.
Noah offers sacrifice, God promises to curse the earth no more.
In verse twenty Noah built an altar unto the Lord. Noah’s first concern was not to provide a dwelling for himself and his family but to praise and worship the Lord by building an altar for worship. Noah’s efforts were to reestablish worship of God. By this being his first concern he led his family by example of the proper relationship they should have with God. This was done by being thankful for God’s provision through the flood. Noah in his humility before God honored the Lord with a sacrifice from every clean animal in the ark and every clean bird.
Noah’s stock of clean animals was small, only seven pairs of each, yet he freely gave unto the Lord. Serving God with his portion from our meager portion is the way to be honored by God who will increase our possession by His blessing.
The flood had washed away the wickedness of man from the face of the earth. But man still had his sin nature from the fall of Adam and Eve. Because of God’s sacrifice of His only begotten Son Jesus we no longer have to make blood sacrifices for our atonement from sin. God was pleased by the sacrifices presented to him by Noah. In verse twenty one God determined to Himself that never again would he curse the ground again because of man’s sin. For man is born with a nature prone to sin with a heart intent on evil from the day of his birth. God would never again destroy every living thing from the face of the earth. In verse twenty two God established the seasons, a season to plant and a season to harvest. A season of heat and a season of cold, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.