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2017 January 20
Image 1: The Assuaging of the Waters (1840)
John Martin (1789-1854)
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
Image Credit: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Image 2: Noah After the Flood (1576)
Francesco Bassano (1549-1592)
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Image Credit: Ad Lib Christian Arts / DAWN
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no days will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: Genesis 8 describes the subsidence of the Flood waters and the first part of the covenant which God made with Noah. God remembered Noah, stopped the waters from rising, and brought the ark to rest on the mountains of Ararat. The highest peak in the range, Mount Ararat, is 16,854 feet, (though a previous estimate put it at 16,946 feet). After the waters stopped rising, they began to recede, but they went to and fro as they receded (verse 3). This seems to me to indicate some sort of tidal action, like the seashore experiencing constant high and low tides. This would be expected, since the moon has that effect on water (1-5).
Forty days later, Noah sent out a raven, and then released a dove to see if the waters had abated. Like the waters, the birds went to and fro. On the dove's second flight, seven days later, the dove returned with an olive leaf (or branch); on the third flight, after another seven days, the dove did not return (6-12).
God then sent all the human and animal occupants of the ark out onto the land to live and multiply (13-19).
So Noah made offerings to the LORD; and the LORD said that he would not curse the ground again and would not kill every living thing; and he promised that seasons, and day, and night would not cease (20-22).
[ Sermons: Stuart Olyott. Eric Alexander. Andrew Davis. Various. ]
[ Illustration: Today's paintings give a fairly full depiction of today's chapter. Image 1 shows the Raven, a carrion eater, perched on a branch ready to have a dead snake for a meal. The dove, still in flight, has not yet found a suitable resting spot and will soon return to the ark. Later, it will find an olive tree and pluck off a leaf (or branch) to show Noah that the earth has almost recovered. In Image 2, moving from background to foreground, we see God in heaven speaking to Noah. In response to his sacrifice, God puts a rainbow in the clouds, which is the sign of his covenant not to destroy the earth again by a flood; and, in the foreground, we see life beginning to return to normal with cooking going on and domestic animals present, the wild animals having scattered. ]
[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Genesis 8:  Genesis 19:29; Exodus 2:24; 1 Samuel 1:19; Psalm 105:42; Psalm 136:23; Exodus 14:21; Exodus 15:10; Psalm 104:7.  Genesis 7:11; Proverbs 8:28; Ezekiel 26:19.  Genesis 7:11.  Genesis 6:16.  1 Kings 17:4.  Genesis 7:13.  Genesis 1:22.  Genesis 1:24; Genesis 6:20; Genesis 7:14.  Leviticus 11:47.  Isaiah 54:9; Genesis 6:5; Proverbs 6:14; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 5:28; Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21.  Jeremiah 33:20; Jeremiah 33:25. -- From the KJV Reference Bible ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Pentateuch Detailed Outline:
Genesis Detailed Outline:
4. Generations of Noah (Ge 6:9 - Ge 9:29) - ? - ? B.C. East (Mesopotamia)
1 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 asswaged;
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually [going and returning]: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
5 And the waters decreased continually [continuing to go] until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro [going forth returning], until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, 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.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
11 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.
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
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.
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
17 bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
22 While the earth remaineth [Henceforth, all days of the earth], seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
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