Verse 1 – But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.

A couple thoughts here:

  • Is it just me, or does this read as though God was busy with other stuff and then all of a sudden, 150 days later, he remembers Noah? But if everybody and everything had been wiped off the earth, what could be keeping him so busy as to forget about Noah for five months? So it’s not really like he had forgotten about the only living creatures on the planet (except for those that swam in the ocean, right?) He just decided it was time to do something about the breathing.
  • What about Noah’s family? Noah is remembered. The wild animals are remembered. The livestock is remembered. No mention is made of his sons or his wife or his sons’ wives. I guess the author didn’t think of them as so important.

Just for fun, let’s do a little math. (As a math un-lover, I seriously never thought I would ever say that!)

40 – Days and nights it rained.

150 – Days after it stopped raining until the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat.

40 – Days after the ark settled on Mount Ararat until Noah opened a window and let out a raven that flew around and never came back. Then he let out a dove who couldn’t find a place to rest so it came back.

7 – Days he waited to send out the dove again. This time the dove comes back with a “freshly plucked” olive leaf.

[“Ah-ha moment” break. Mount Ararat is, well, mountainous. Olive trees don’t grow at high elevations which means the waters had to have receded quite a bit for the dove to find a fresh olive leaf.]

7 – Days he waited to send the dove out a third time. This time the dove never returns.

So by my addition that’s 244 days so far. But Noah doesn’t leave the ark yet. And this is where it turns tricky because we aren’t given the number of days anymore. What we do know, however, is that the ark was sealed for more than a year. Chapter 7, verse 13 lists the 17th day of the 2nd month as the day it started raining. Chapter 8, verse 14 says By the 27th day of the 2nd month the earth was completely dry.

Okay. I’m confused now. Let’s just forget about the math, mkay? We just know it was more than a year.

Moving on…

God tells Noah to come out of the ark with his family and all the animals. So all the Misters and Missuses Noah come out followed by all the animals, one kind after another. That must have taken some time, don’t you think? And this is where the “seven of each clean animal” comes in. Noah builds an alter to the Lord and sacrifices burnt offerings on it.

And this is how I know we are created in God’s image. 21The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. 22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.

You know how sometimes you come in the house and you’re assailed with the “pleasing aroma” of a baking apple pie or a delicious simmering stew and it not only makes your mouth water, but it makes you sort of all warm and fuzzy inside? We get that from God.

 

Let’s Chat

After a year of COVID living, I have a better appreciation for Noah and his family. Except I only have one husband and one dog and get out for grocery shopping and work and other things. So I guess I still can’t relate.

How do you think you would have handled being on the ark for over a year with all the other inhabitants?

 

You have got to come back for chapter nine because you won’t believe the craziness of Noah’s kids. I mean, really. What were they thinking?

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