The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn how after 40 days of flooding, God brought it to an end and how Noah sought reconciliation with God after the flood.
God, for the sake of Noah and all the animals in the ark, caused the wind to pass over the earth and the water subsided (Gen 8:1-12)
We are always in God’s mind.
The fountains in the depth of the sea stop releasing water and the rain stopped. The water drained from the earth and after 150 days the water had subsided. The ark came to rest on Mount Ararat, somewhere is Armenia, on the 17th day of the 7th month. The water continued to decrease and on the 1st day of the 10th month, the top of the mountains became visible.
40 days after this, Noah opened the window of the ark and released a raven which flew away and back to the ark until the ground was dried up. Noah also sent out a dove to see if the ground had dried up and since it did not find a dry spot to alight, it came back to the ark and Noah took it back in. Noah then waited seven days and sent the dove out again. It returned in the evening carrying a freshly plucked olive leaf and Noah knew that the water had subsided. Noah waited another seven days and released the dove again. This time it did not return.
Psalms 27:13-14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Psalms 40:1-3 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
What have you been waiting for from God for a long time? How can you find strength to keep waiting?
Noah comes out of the ark, offers burnt offering to God and God is appeased (Gen 8:13-22)
Away from Christ, the hearts of men a predisposed to evil.
On the 1st day of the 1st month of the 601st year of Noah’s, he removed the ark’s covering and saw that the ground was dry. The rest of the earth’s ground was dry by the 27th day of the 2nd month. God told Noah, together with his family and the animals, to come out of the ark to repopulate the earth and Noah did as he was instructed.
Noah built an altar to God and offered some of the clean animals to God as burnt offering. The sacrifice was acceptable and well-pleasing to God. He declared that He would no longer curse the ground for man’s sake. This is because the hearts of men a predisposed to evil from their childhood. God also declared that He would not destroy all flesh in the way He had just done. For as long as the earth exists, the seasons will continue.
Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
How have you commited to cling to Jesus Christ and wage war on your flesh?