Thankful | Genesis 8

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Noah’s Deliverance

8 Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.

So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. 10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. 11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. 12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.

13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. 14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.

15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. 19 Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.

God’s Covenant with Creation

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

22 “While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Thought for the day

A year passes as they hang out in the ark waiting for the flood waters to recede. The mountain tops begin to appear, and crew becomes excited so they send a dove on a reconnaissance missions to determine if the land is habitable yet. Several weeks go by and the dove returns to the ark after each mission. One day though the dove fails to return. I would have assumed the dove died as by now the ark would be his home and it would naturally return. Noah assumed the land must be dry enough to sustain life, and the bird made a new home. Maybe the ark was so bad that after a year, that not even a bird could live in it.

Assuming the bird found dry land, they removed the covering from the ark so that they could see below the ark, and the found the land to be dry.  God commands Noah and his family to leave the ark, and turn the critters lose.  Noah was so thankful to God for his salvation he built an altar and sacrificed a critter in thanks. It is my guess, that the reason the ark cannot be found today, is Noah used the wood for building alters, housing, to meet the other needs of life.  God promised Noah in Vs. 22 that he would never destroy the entire earth again.

Again, we see God’s mercy at work, and Noah is thankful to God. How many of us would have been able to go through what Noah did, losing the world he knew, living cooped up in boat with thousands of animals, being tossed through raging sees, and not complain or possibly hate God after such an ordeal. Instead of hard feelings, Noah proves to be a solid man and praises God.  Our calling in life is to be like Noah, trust God, Obey God, and be thankful in all things.

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Have a wonderful day, and consider how you can find way to be thankful for the things that seem unthinkable. Whatever is going on in your life Praise God, and know his peace.

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