-“But the LORD remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle.” I’m so glad the LORD remembers us after His times of testing and trial and persecution and discipline. The LORD caused a wind to pass over the earth making the waters subside. The rains stopped and the floodgates of the earth were closed and restrained, and the water receded steadily from the earth at the 150 day mark.
-In the seventh month, the seventeenth day, the ark rested on Ararat’s mountains. The flood had begun in the second month on the seventeenth day in this same year, Noah’s 600th year (Genesis 7:11).
-In the tenth month, on the first day, the mountains became visible and forty days later Noah opened the window he had made and sent out a raven. Seven days later he sent out a dove to see if the water had dried up enough yet, but the dove returned finding no resting place. Noah put out his hand and took her back into the ark himself. Seven days later, he sent the dove back out and she returned with a fresh olive leave (the sign of peace). So now Noah knew the water had abated enough from the earth for things to grow and survive again. In another seven days Noah sent out the dove again, and the dove did not return.
-In the first month and the first day of the next year, Noah’s 601st year, the water was dried up from the earth and Noah removed the covering of the ark and saw that the surface was dried up.
-In the second month on the twenty-seventh day, the earth was dry, and God told Noah to go out of the ark with his family and all the animals that they may breed abundantly and repopulate the earth. Noah and his family lived in the ark for just over a year during the flood. God had preserved them whole and complete.
-Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and sacrificed of every clean animal and bird a burnt offering to his God. When the LORD smelled this soothing aroma He said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease (Genesis 8:21-22).” God is faithful and we still enjoy the produce from that promise.
Verses to Memorize: Genesis 8:21