Bible Study Notes on Genesis 8 – 20161007

Bible Study Notes

Genesis 8:1  “…God remembered Noah…”
Like He could forget.  Interesting how the Bible puts things.  We tend to give God credit only when we see Him acting.  We pray for whatever is troubling us, and we wonder why God doesn’t answer.  Seems like He’s forgotten us.  But the scripture tells us He is bringing about His will and an answer to our prayer even when we can’t see Him working.  He’ll bring it about in His perfect timing.  How I long for the day when this separation will be over, when we’ll be completely free and able to communicate with nothing in the way.

1  “…God made a wind to pass over the earth…”
Did the same thing when He parted the Red Sea.  Caused a wind to blow through the area to dry out the land.

3  “…waters receded continually…”
The earth’s surface had to have been reorganized or the water would have had no place to go.  Land masses would have had to come up and the areas of ocean would have had to sink to provide a place for the water to recede.  And of course some was evaporated into a new atmosphere creating clouds.

4  “…mountains of Ararat”
A post flood reference I’m sure.  Nothing is ever mentioned about the geography before the flood other than Eden and east of it.  Doesn’t say which peak, just the area.  The water has decreased just enough for the ark to rest on some high ground, it’s no longer free floating.

5  “…the tenth month…the tops of the mountains were seen”
The flood started in the second month, the ark came to rest in the seventh month, and now in the tenth month the tops of mountains are seen.

7-8  “…sent out a raven…sent out…a dove…”
Had assumed that the raven had flown off, but the commentary suggests a better answer.  The raven being a carrion eater would have been attracted to the smell of anything rotting had the water decreased enough to allow it.  But it just flew around and probably perched on the ark since it is more of a solitary bird.  The dove would have looked for somewhere to land, but didn’t find anything, so she returned to where she came from.  The next time she went out, she brought the olive leaf which showed the water had receded enough for the tops of trees to show.  The last time she didn’t come back so she must have found some place to land.

13-14  “…in the first month…Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked…second month…earth was dried”
He’d been using the window to release the birds.  Now he’s confident to remove some of the top of the ark to get out and look around on it.  Although the earth looks dry, he remains in the ark.

15  “…Go out of the ark…”
Noah waits until God told him to leave the ark.  The earth looked dry before, but he waited until God gave him the go ahead.  Lean not on your own understanding.  Commentary makes an interesting note.  Since it had been a year that all of them had been in the ark, some of the animals may have already produced some offspring as it says according to their families.

20  “…Noah built an altar to the LORD…every clean animal…every clean bird…offered burnt offerings…”
Confirmation of bringing more than single pairs of clean animals.  Would have used wood from the ark.  Probably had some loose wood brought from before the flood, but I’m sure over the course of time, they broke down the ark to use the timbers for building and other needs.  Much ado has been made on locating the ark after four thousand years, but there’s no reason to believe the ark remained intact.

21  “…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.”
Interesting phrasing.  Not bringing another flood is one thing, but why mention cursing the ground.  Another instance of stepping back to see the whole picture.  God created mankind.  Man sinned, and God had to judge him by cursing the ground.  Eventually man become so completely depraved that God judged him again by destroying him with the flood.  Now, although man is still sinful, God has decided to move from judgment to mercy.  He won’t issue any more curses, and He won’t destroy all land life by another flood.  As the commentary mentioned, He will instead send a savior to redeem fallen man and will extend mercy and forgiveness to man until that time.  Over the centuries, if a civilization became too depraved, God removed them, but just them.  We’ve now come to another time when it appears the entire world has reached the depravity level of Noah’s day.  The time of God’s final judgment may be at hand.

22  “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”
God’s promise that the earth will go on until His final judgment.  Puts a wrench in the theories of the man-made climate change folks.  To think that man can create such change over God’s creation is just another way of man exalting himself above God.  Also mentions seasons with reference to temperature and growth cycles.  Post flood life will be different.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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