Chapter 8

  1. The Flood Recedes

    • God remembered Noah and the inhabitants of the ark and caused a wind to blow over the earth which made the water begin to subside.

      • “This is an anthropomorphism (a non-literal picture of God in human terms we can understand). Certainly, God never forgot Noah, but at this point God again turned His active attention towards Noah.” (Guzik)

    • God closed up the fountains of the deep, the floodgates of the sky, and stopped the rain.

    • By the end of 150 days, the water had lowered enough for the ark to land on the Ararat mountains.

    • After 40 days had passed, the tops of the mountains were visible, and Noah released a raven. The raven went back and forth to the ark until the waters had dried up enough to reveal land.

    • Noah then sent out a dove, but she returned, so Noah waited another 7 days to send her out again.

    • When she returned, she brought an olive leaf, so Noah knew that the water had gone down enough to allow the growth of vegetation.

    • Noah waited another 7 days, then sent the dove out again. This time she didn’t return.

    • Noah removed the cover on the ark and by the end of the second month, the earth was dry.

2. The Lord’s Promise

    • God told Noah and his family to come out of the ark and bring all the animals out also. God told them that the animals would scatter over the earth, be fruitful and multiply.

    • After they had all left the ark, Noah built an altar to the Lord. He offered some of every kind of clean animal and bird as a burnt offering.

      • “Noah’s first act after leaving the ark was to worship God through sacrifice. His gratitude and admiration of God’s greatness lead him to worship God… As is the nature with true sacrifice, this was a costly offering unto God. With only seven of each animal on the ark, Noah risked extinction by sacrificing some of these animals. But costly sacrifice is pleasing to God…Costly sacrifice pleases God, not because God is greedy and wants to get as much from us as He can but because God Himself sacrificed at great cost (Ephesians 5:2 and Hebrews 9:26, 10:12). God wants costly sacrifice from us because it shows we are being conformed into the image of Jesus, who was the greatest display of costly sacrifice. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:2, we should be like Jesus in this regard: And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. May we think like David, who said he would never offer to God that which costs me nothing (2 Samuel 24:24).” (Guzik)

    • When God smelled Noah’s sacrifice He was pleased and said to Himself, “Even though man is inclined to be evil from his youth, I will never curse the ground or kill every living thing because of him again.

– “Noah’s costly sacrifice pleased God. It was as if God smelled the great aroma of the roasting meat (indicating that God loves a barbecue), and He then made this wonderful promise to Noah and to man. Of course, the Bible speaks anthropomorphically here. More pleasing to God than the smell of the sacrifice was the heart of Noah in his sacrifice.” (Guzik)

    • Genesis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.