The Book of Genesis, Chapter 8

This is the last chapter that deal with Noah’s flood. This one has the raven & the dove. I hope you enjoy the read.

The waters of the flooded the earth for a total of a 150 days. This line gets me: “But God remembered Noah…” (8:1; NIV) Like God just forgot about Noah. If you remember something, that means you forgot about it for awhile. Just sayin’.

It stops raining. And on the 17th day of the 7th month (again, I’m assuming that this is from the Jewish calendar.), when the 150 days the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat. The waters continued to recede until the 10th month, & then on the 1st day of the 10th month the tops of the mountains became visible.

After 40 days, Noah sends out a raven. The Raven kept flying around because there’s no land. Then he sent the dove out, the dove couldn’t find any land either. So Noah waited 7 days, then sent the dove out again. But this time the dove brought back an olive branch. Then he waited 7 more days & sent out the dove one last time. But the dove didn’t come back this time.

By the 1st day of the 1st month of Noah’s 601st year, the water had completely dried up.  Noah then removed the covering from the ark & saw that the surface of the ground was dry.  By the 27th day of the 2nd month the earth was completely dry. God tells Noah that it’s cool to come out. People, animals. Here’s where the “be fruitful & multipy” deal comes in.

Then Noah built an altar to God. This is during the times of animal sacrifices. Because Noah takes some of the animals & uses them as a burnt offerings. “The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma & said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. ” So God likes himself the smell of some good cooking food, too. C’mon! C’mon.

God then says, “As long as the earth endures, seed time & harvest, cold & heat, summer & winter, day & night, will never cease.”

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