Outline Genesis Chapter 8
God remembers Noah and stops the
The ark comes to rest on Mt.
Ararat and the tops of mountains are seen. 4,5
Noah sends forth a raven and a
dove and the dove returns with an olive leaf. 6-12
The waters dry up and Noah
removes the covering of the ark. 13,14
God tells Noah to leave the ark,
with the animals and to go forth and be fruitful and multiply. 15-19
Noah builds an altar and offers a
burnt offering. 20
The Lord accepts the offering and
promises never to curse the ground anymore while the earth remains.
Questions from Genesis Chapter 8
Where are the mountains of
Ararat? Answer –
The Bible says Noah's ark
came to rest on “the mountains of Ararat”
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.
How many windows were on the ark?
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.
Why did Noah choose a raven and
dove to release? Answer –
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.
Is there any significance to the
olive leaf brought back by the dove?
– 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.
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.
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