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Outline Genesis Chapter 8

  1. God remembers Noah and stops the flooding. 1-3
  2. The ark comes to rest on Mt. Ararat and the tops of mountains are seen. 4,5
  3. Noah sends forth a raven and a dove and the dove returns with an olive leaf. 6-12
  4. The waters dry up and Noah removes the covering of the ark. 13,14
  5. God tells Noah to leave the ark, with the animals and to go forth and be fruitful and multiply. 15-19
  6. Noah builds an altar and offers a burnt offering. 20
  7. The Lord accepts the offering and promises never to curse the ground anymore while the earth remains. 21,22

 

Questions from Genesis Chapter 8

  1. Where are the mountains of Ararat? Answer – The Bible says Noah's ark came to rest on “the mountains of Ararat” Genesis 8:4. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. “Ararat” probably designated a region and not a specific mountain peak. After Noah and his family left the ark on the mountain, the boat virtually disappeared from the pages of the Bible. The mountain called Ararat today is more like a mountain range with twin peaks. Interestingly, there have been numerous reports throughout history of a large boat on a mountain in this region. Earliest references beginning in the 3rd century B.C. suggested it was common knowledge that the Ark could still be viewed on Mount Ararat.  Mount Ararat is a snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone in Turkey. It has two peaks: Greater Ararat with an elevation of 5,137 m/16,854 ft. and Lesser Ararat  with an elevation of 3,896 m/12,782 ft.
  2. How many windows were on the ark?  Answer – I have no problem with this answer in that the ark had one window. If God wanted to tell us any different He would have. Men suppose the ark HAD to have more than one window for ventilation, and light. My understanding is that the ark had all the light it needed through lamps and the ventilation of one window was what God seemed to think it needed. Now, imagine the ark being tossed about and the amount of air forced through that one opening along with any cracks or openings above the water line that weren’t pitched. It seems there could have been enough air moving around inside the ark. The Bible says there was one window on the ark and I take it for what it says.
  3. Why did Noah choose a raven and dove to release? Answer – From what we know now about the raven and the dove it we can come up with some sort of informed answer. Genesis 8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Noah knew what we know and that is that the raven is a scavenger and eats carrion. Noah wants to see if the waters are receding and knows that there will be a lot of dead bodies out there. He sends out the raven and all it does is fly around but is never let back in the ark. It may have perched on the ark for rest but is not brought back in. My thought is that Noah may have seen the raven bring back flesh but would not let the Raven in because of the sickness and harm the rotting flesh might bring to the living things on the ark. Noah probably could conclude to what extent if any the waters were abating.

The dove on the other hand is a clean animal and doesn’t eat rotting flesh (road kill as we say) but only seeds and such. So, letting the dove out to make its rounds and bringing it back in was no problem because the dove wouldn’t have brought back anything harmful Noah by the olive leaf brought back by the dove concludes that dry land is appearing or at least the tops of trees. Finally the dove did not return meaning the bird had found dry land meaning a place to rest and food to eat.

  1. Is there any significance to the olive leaf brought back by the dove?  Answer – I really can’t answer my question from what the account here says in Genesis. I do have a supposition though and that is that the olive leaf could represent the Holy Spirit and God’s grace following His judgment. The olive is the oil of which was used for anointing and to light the lamps. It has been a picture of the Holy Spirit as also is the dove itself. The significance then of the olive leaf as opposed to any other leaf is its connection to the Holy Spirit.
  2. How long were Noah and his family aboard the ark? Answer – Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. Genesis 8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. Genesis 8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried. Well, it looks like they spent 375 days on the ark. That is considering the calendar was the same as ours with a 365 day year.

 

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