Sunday, 19 February 2006 00:00

Open Your Eyes to a Brand New World

Genesis 8:1-14 (KJV)

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. 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. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

There are four events in this chapter that all have spiritual significance. Sometimes we overlook the small events of life that teach us so much about the world around us.

  1. The Lord Remembered... "and God remembered Noah" (v.1).
    Every elementary child understands that God does not forget anything. This phrase is used in judgment when "God begins to act mercifully on behalf of His children.""And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plan, that God remembered Abraham" (Genesis 19:29). "And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb" (Genesis 30:22). The thief said to Jesus, "Lord remember me" (Luke 23:42). Even though this phrase speaks of God moving in mercy, what does He remember?
    "The Lord remembers His covenant forever" (Psalm 105:8).

    John Warburton wrote Mercies of a Covenant God to remind us of God's mercy.

  2. The Waters Receded... "and the waters returned from off the earth" (v.3).
    The geological evidence for a worldwide flood is enormous. Let's just examine four.
    1. Large caches of animal bones... called ruble drift and found in ossiferous fissures, or giant rents in the earth in England, France, Spain, Russia, etc... Some of these piles contain 20 tons of bones, placed there by draining water.
    2. Large inland bodies of water called "fossil lakes"... found in Minnesota, North Dakota, China, even modern deserts that were formerly massive seas.
    3. Massive coal beds and oil fields produced by the deluge... when animals were buried by the mud, silt, and soil of a crust turned over by the flood.
    4. Astonishing preservation of thousands of mammoths in Siberia... this is a very cold part of the world where the topsoil rarely thaws. Mammoth tusks have been collected from A.D. 900. Estimates are five million perished at once.
  3. The Ark Rested... "The ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day" (v.4).
    Why does Scripture give us the day the ark rested? The Jewish Calendar is different from ours. Their calendar is based on the moon and called a lunar calendar. There are twelve months of either 30 or 29 days with a 13th month every few years. A few hundred years after Noah, God changed the calendar of Israel for the Passover event "This month (the seventh month), shall be to you the first month" (Exodus 12:2). The Passover lamb picked on the 10th, kept to the 14th when it was slain. Jesus Christ died on the 14th day. Three days later Christ arose, the very day the ark rested. (Read Hebrews 10:1-4; 9-14). Because the ark has rested, you and I are free to live.
  4. The Birds Released... "And he sent forth a raven... . and he sent forth a dove" (v.7, 8)
    The two birds picture the inner struggle in every Christian who finds rest in Christ. The raven loves the things involved in judgment, death, filth, stench—the flesh. The dove could not rest in the filth or stench of this world and came back to the ark. The person who knows Christ will have a heart controlled by the Holy Spirit, but that person will never be completely free from the pull of the dead things of this world.

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