Genesis 8: The Flood Ends

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I. Summary

The waters recede and the land dries. Yahweh tells Noah, his family, and the animals to repopulate the land. Noah offers sacrifices and Yahweh decides to never destroy the world again.

II. Photo

Noah’s journey comes to an end: “At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made.” (v. 6)

III. Select Verses

1-2: But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained,

7-12: At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more.

20-22: Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And when the LORD smelled the pleasing odor, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of humankind, for the inclination of the human heart is evil from youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living creature as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

IV. Outline

1-2. The flood is stopped

3. The water recedes after 150 days

4. The ark rests on mount Ararat in the seventh month

5. The mountains are uncovered in the tenth month

6-12. Noah's reconnaissance with birds

    6-7. After forty days Noah sends a raven

    8-9. Noah sends a dove that returns

    10-11. Noah sends a dove that returns with an olive leaf

    12. Noah sends a dove that does not return

13-14. The earth dries

15-17. Yahweh tells Noah, his family, and the animals to disembark and reproduce

18-19. Noah, his family, and the animals disembark

20. Noah sacrifices animals and birds as an offering

21-22. Yahweh is pleased and decides to never again destroy all living creatures

V. Comment

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VI. Works Used

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