GENESIS 8:1-3 & 21 "And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle
that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged.
The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from
heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after
the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated."
"...and the Lord said
in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination
of man's heart is evil from his youth: neither will I again smite any more every thing living,
as I have done."
"And God remembered Noah."
Isn't it great to know of a surety that God does not forget His people? When we are
afloat on the deepest of waters, we can know that He is always there, guiding our boat!
"God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters assuaged." The Hebrew word for
wind here is the same Hebrew word used in Ch. 1 vs. 2 for Spirit, ("the Spirit of God moved
upon the waters.") Likewise, when we are surrounded by the deep cares of life and think we are
going to sink, God always sends His Spirit sweeping over us to lift us up and set our feet back
on dry ground. Sometimes it seems like we are out there floating on the sea of life alone but if
that were the case we'd all be drowning. No, my friend, God is holding us up out of the deep
water and that is the only way we are surviving. He is the only one who can dry up the waters
of trials and tribulations and guide our boats to the top of the mountain.
Notice when it was that Noah removed the covering from the ark: the first day of the New Year, a time of new beginnings. After the ark finally hit dry ground high atop Mt. Ararat, Noah sent out a raven, then a dove, three times. When, finally, the dove did not come back, he knew it was dry enough to leave the ark. Today the dove is a sign of peace. Just think how peaceful the world must have been at this time! There was no war, no drugs, no hate; even all the animals were at peace with each other. Too bad this couldn't have lasted!
The first thing Noah did after leaving the ark was to build an altar to worship God. Noah's
offering of clean animals was pleasing to God. God then reestablished His blessing on the earth.
He said that even though every inclination of man's heart was evil from childhood, He would
never again curse the ground or smite every living thing.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1) In vs. 2, "the windows of heaven" obviously means
"rain"; what do you think "the fountains of the deep" refers to?
2) Vs. 3 says, "the
waters returned from off the earth continually." Where did all the water go?
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