March 19, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 8 (ESV)

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. 2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3 and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, 4 and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen… Continue Reading

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  1. Genesis 8:8-9 “Then he [Noah] sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him.”

    What a beautiful picture of Noah!

    Not only did wild animals and birds enter the ark in Genesis 7 (a miracle in itself) but then a dove returns to Noah’s hand and back to safety on the ark. This reminds me of the scene in the garden when God said to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    This is what it looks like to have “dominion over” the dove!

    After it was safe to leave the ark, God told Noah in Genesis 8:16-17, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—that they may swarm on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”

    And Noah’s response? He “went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark. 20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar” (Genesis 8:18-20).

    Then God make a covenant with Noah in Genesis 8:21, “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.'”

    God hits the reset button on humanity with Noah and his family and this time, God is obeyed!

  2. Two features I ponder regarding Genesis Chapter 8.

    The first: the overwhelming amount of water that fell on the Earth during this deluge and the overpowering length of time it fell.

    The second: despite His awful wrath, God promised never to eradicate mankind in this way again.

  3. Chapter 8 starts off with “But God remembered Noah…”. If we just read this and move on it could give the allusion that God had forgotten Noah but I read it to mean that He had never forgotten him, that His eyes were on Noah all the time, that He never left him nor forsook him, an everlasting promise. The listing of the days and months when all theses things happened I think are important from the standpoint that God is telling us that He was there! Kind of like when He asked Job “where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” He is sovereign, all knowing, there is not a day or time when He was not.
    As I believe that every word, every letter, in the scripture ultimately has meaning and purpose I find myself wondering on Noah having sent a raven out. The raven is traditionally a scavenger that steals from other birds or feeds on carrion. Verse 7 says that the raven kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. The King James says it flew “to and fro”. It seems like in the book of Job someone else used the phrase, I have been going “to and fro in the earth”. There is no mention of the raven, the scavenger, coming back to Noah. Once it left the ark of God’s provision it did not return it seems. The dove that Noah released came back. Noah reached out and received the dove and took it back into the safety of the ark. When he released it a week later it came back and “there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Why the exclamation mark? I’ve looked at four translations and it is in each one. The symbolism of the dove and the olive leaf is of note.
    The chapter ends with Noah having built an altar and offering up sacrifices to the Lord. Noah has been obedient, faithful and now he honors the one who deserves honor. God chose Noah to “reset” the human race for a reason.

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