Genesis 8: The Waters Recede

June 8, 2023 ·

The water levels start to recede until the tops of the mountains are visible, and the ark rests on the mountains of Ararat. Noah sends out a raven. Noah sends out a dove, which returns, then after 7 days, another dove which brings back and olive leaf. After 7 days he sent the dove out again, and it doesn’t return. The ground is dry and they exit the ark and are instructed to multiply in numbers. Noah makes a sacrifice on an altar to the Lord, and the Lord promises not to destroy all the living creatures again.

Key verses:
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.”

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. nNeither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

My thoughts: The concept of being fruitful and increasing in number is a common sign of blessing throughout the old testament. Adam and Eve are instructed to do it. God assures Abraham that his son Ishmael will be fruitful and increase in number. There are many other examples. Here God instructs Noah to be fruitful and increase in number, showing God’s blessing over him.

Verse 21 again shows the grace of God at an early stage of the Bible. It may be hard to imagine a graceful God when he has just destroyed everything, but in verse 21 God states that he will not curse the ground because of man again, despite the fact that we’re all innately sinful. Though God totally despises sin, he is willing to make an exception to his wrath because of his love for us.

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