The Flood Subsides
8 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. At the end of 150 days the waters had abated, and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.
In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth had dried out. Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 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.” So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark.
God’s Covenant with Noah
Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 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. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”
Genesis 8 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“God remembered Noah…”Genesis 8:1
The storms of life blow in sometimes most unexpectedly. Sometimes the storms come by our own doing. And there are other instances when the storms come by God’s hand. The 3 words “God remembered Noah” shows and are an affirmation no matter what storm we may find ourselves in, what situation that has come unexpectedly or even from our own choices or His allowance of them, God remembers us. He is right there completely aware of all we’re going through. You have not been forgotten.
I think of the disciples who were upon the Sea of Galilee when that storm came in so unexpectedly. They were frightened and doing everything they could not to sink. Jesus walked out to them on the water and brought a calm to the blowing wind and crashing waves. What’s interesting of the Matthew account is first it says, “He made His disciples get into the boat.” He sent them into the waters where the storm would suddenly come upon them. Fascinating to consider, isn’t it? Maybe not so comforting even when you think about Him sending them into it, but the story concludes that after He calmed the waves they worshiped Him. On the other side of Noah’s obedience, he worshiped God as well by building an altar and offering a sacrifice.
If we find ourselves in a storm right now and wonder if we will ever be at peace; if we have a raging storm around us at the moment and struggle to even stay afloat the hope we must claim even right now is God remembers us. He knows where we are. He can calm that storm and seeks our worship of Him as a result of His miraculous provision and protection. Hold onto that truth and look for Him. He is there.
Genesis 8 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
The ark landed upon the mountains of Ararat (pictured) and the flood was finally over. The silver lining of the storms of life are the spiritual blessings that make us more like Christ. Because we have proclaimed that we will follow Him, God will allow us to walk through life in the same manner. Becoming like Jesus not only means becoming more grace-filled and loving, but it also means suffering as He suffered.
Noah and his family metaphorically represent our journey with God. Though the storms may come, He has promised to be with us. When the dust settles, we come to find elusive blessings that otherwise would have never been discovered.
The flood’s ending was capped off with the amazing promise of God to never destroy the Earth like this again. The soothing aroma of Noah’s sacrifice pleased God. But it wasn’t just about the sacrifice. Noah’s heart pleased God. His commitment to God’s plan and patience through the storm is what preceded this amazing promise through God.
This storm was God’s judgment, but Noah and his family were spared due to their faith and trust in the Lord. Therefore, this storm of judgment became a doorway to an amazing promise and victory through the Lord. This is what God does, right? For those who trust and persevere, He guides them by night into the radiant sunshine of His eternal glory.
Are we believing there are great promises to be fulfilled on the horizon? Do we, as Noah did, remember and honor the Lord’s protection through the most turbulent times? Let us not forget to thank the Lord for His amazing mercy and faithfulness. He. Is. Faithful.