Genesis 8:1-18 (NKJV)
1 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.
2 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.
3 And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased.
4 Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat.
5 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.
6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made.
7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.
8 He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground.
9 But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself.
10 And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark.
11 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth.
12 So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.
13 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry.
14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried.
15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying,
16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.
17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.”
18 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.
Genesis 6:8-18 (NKJV)
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14 Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.
15 And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits.
16 You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.
17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die.
18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
Was Noah reluctant to get off the ark?
- Genesis 8:15 is God’s command to Noah to “Go out of the ark”
- Why did Noah need to be commanded to get off the ark?
- Bible commentators calculate that Noah and his family were on the ark for as long as 364 days!
- Perhaps this is the first Biblical example of a “shelter-in-place” order, or a “quarantine” from the pandemic of sin and corruption
- It seems like Noah would have been ready to kick the door down to get out!
- Was safety and security for Noah and his family
- Was the product of a lot of “sweat equity” on the part of Noah (Noah was invested in it!)
- Was the last link to the previous “pre-catastrophe” world
- But it was also stinky, noisy, and cramped!
Outside the ark was a world waiting to be rebuilt
The ark was intended to be a bridge to the new world
- Notice the specificity of God’s instructions for building the ark: (Gen. 6:14-16)
- The materials The dimensions
- The finish Door & window placement
- There will be times in life when we need to squeeze through the narrow place before we can spread out into our fullness
God’s open-ended post-flood instructions to Noah: “be fruitful and increase” (Gen. 9:1, 7)
- You can only be fruitful if you plant something
- You can only increase if you are moving forward
- It is impossible to be fruitful and increase if we stay in a place God only intended as a bridge for us. This is why there are no parking lots on bridges.