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God Remembered Noah

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9.06.17

God Remembered Noah

 

Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.  The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.  And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.  Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.  And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.  (Genesis 8:1-5)

Genesis 8 presents God’s ‘mop-up’ operation after the Flood.   There had been 40 days of rain, and a tough 150-day ride with thousands of animals and very rough seas.

God remembered Noah and his family. This act of “remembering” is not that God had not thought of them before.  It is God extending mercy and delivering from death.  The meaning is similar to God answering the cries of someone in distress: Lot in the city of Sodom as the fire began to fall; Rachel in her barren condition.  It means to act in behalf of another.

God also remembered the animals.  This faithful remembering is based on God’s character.  God, not Noah, took care of the animals.  As noted before, likely many of them hibernated.  This is supported by the fact that they did not begin to multiply again until after they left the ark. (8:17)

God renewed His world.  The world began to dry out as the wind began to blow. Before the flood, the uniform temperatures would have prevented great atmospheric wind circulations.  Henry Morris suggests that after the flood, the winds now blowing on the shoreless ocean, would certainly generate gigantic surface waves and tidal surges.

The two sources of the water were stopped—the rain and the fountains of the deep.  As the waters needed to recede, God depressed the ocean floors thus enabling a place for them on the earth. The topography of the earth greatly changed, as the psalmist declared: You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.  At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.  They went up over the mountains; they went down into the valleys, to the place which you founded for them.  You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth. (Ps 104:6-9) The mountains rose, the valleys sank down (becoming the present-day oceans).  The waters of the canopy would now be stored in the vast ocean basins.

It is important that we understand that this happened in time, in history; that it is reality. As Francis Schaeffer wrote: “The warp and woof of space-time history continued to be woven.  Thus, there was a time when the ark came to rest, and a geographical point at which it happened in the land of Armenia.” (underlining mine)

The ark rested.  There have been many reported sightings of the ark in the last 100 years, but none that have been officially confirmed.  The ark had in a sense now done its work, but it would be another 220 days before Noah and his family could come out.

We will continue our look at the post-Flood situation next time.  But at the time of this writing, our minds go to the situation in Texas, and our hearts go out to those in that part of our country that are experiencing flooding of ‘biblical proportion.’    ibcwbmn@centurytel.net


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