THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD
PART 6: THE WATER ABATES FOR THE RIGHTEOUS
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
We Praise God today for the Word tells us that the Storm one day will end for the righteous. DW are also blessed to know that while in the Storm we will have Peace and Joy if we stay with God and are righteous. As we reflect in time we see a man named Noah that has weathered the Storm as God told him.
Again for your thought and mediation draw parallels between the time of Noah and the present time in which we live. The Storm rages and many are lost and know not Peace and Joy. We seldom hear the truly righteous because the unrighteous have beguiled the people with wickedness. However the Word stands as written and we all have access to the Bible.† How can humankind then read the Word of God and still not know God?
Beloved Brethren why do the multitudes listen to those that take God's Word and corrupt it's meaning to suit the ways of the world? Can you only be deceived if you don't hold God First? Are there surely those in the Ministry that believe that they can create a new Christianity not based solely on scripture? Meanwhile the righteous neither add nor take anything away from the Word. As they speak of righteousness and the strict obedience to the Word that are cast as demons and fools.
We thank God for preparing us as he did Noah. We are thusly forewarned that many will come claiming to the Messiah. Others will come claiming that they and they only have the correct interpretation of the Bible. For the record there is only one interpretation of the Bible. That interpretation is the correct one. And God our Father has not rendered this Truth to any select group of people or denomination. There is only one denomination in the eyes of God and that is those that are true Christians that abide by the Bible in its entirety and not what can be fashioned to suit a sin sick materialistic world.
The Strom is now over and the water abates. Abates means to lose force or intensity, to calm down. For example the storm has abated. As we continue the story of Noah we now bring up for review Chapter 8.
Genesis 8:1. "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 assuaged;
The word assuaged has the same meaning as abate. God remembered his promise to Noah. Thus Noah and his family would not be left in the Ark as in a prison. As the water was abated it had accomplished its purpose in regard to the wickedness of the earth. So Noah and his family and the animals that he brought aboard the Ark could soon occupy the land
The windows of heaven were stopped and the water was restrained.
Genesis 8:3. "And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated."
Here we see that the water retreated are returned to its original places, namely the deep sea and heaven.
Genesis 8:4. ďAnd the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat."
The key word here is mountains and not mountain. Thus to assign the resting place of the Ark on a certain mountain is not correct. One is most correct by noting that the Ark rested in this particular country. Which is Armenia/Turkey. It is also noted that the Ark ceased floating a number of months before they left it. Therefore the ground must become dry before Noah and his family could leave the Ark.
Genesis 8:5-6. "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."
8:6. "And it came to pass at the end of forth days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:"
The waters continued to abate after the Ark rested on the mountain. The following scripture verses 7-11 notes that Noah had not yet seen the ground. Therefore we are left with a figurative meaning of the phrase mountains seen. However we can say that they were visible without any human actually seeing them.
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."
The raven is a durable bird and often tireless in flight. So if the raven returned to the Ark Noah would have had to send out a dove. So the thought here is that the raven continued in flight until the waters were dried from the earth.
Genesis 8:8-9. "Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
8:9. "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."
Since the raven had not reappeared Noah makes use of the dove.† For the record there is no contradiction in this verse regarding verse 5. The tops of the mountains would not be in many places. Thus they would not be close enough to the Ark to provide a resting place for the dove. The dove was not a durable bird in flight as the raven thus the dove would be compelled to return to the Ark.
Genesis 10-12. "And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
8:11. "And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Nath knew that the waters were abated from off the earth."
8:12. "And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more."
The olive leaf that the dove brought back would not necessarily mean that the earth was completely dry. The water was only abated. The existence of the olive leaf also indicates that the flood was not to destroy vegetation. Meanwhile the failure of the dove to return after the third flight showed that the earth was practically clear of the flood.
In verse 13 we see that Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry."
The covering noted here is not the same as the window. If so Noah could have looked out upon the ground. Therefore it must mean that at some place there was an exterior covering that could be removed. In Genesis 7:16 we see that God shut Noah into the Ark before the water began to come. Thus we conclude that Noah was not able to remove this covering until God directed him.
In verse 20 the word altar is first used. However scripture tells us that Able offered God an acceptable sacrifice.
Genesis 8:21-22. "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 everything living, as I have done."
8:22. "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Key words in verse 21 are youth and imagination. Man is not created evil he is created good. He takes on evil from free choice between good and bad, righteous and the unrighteous. We also see that there will always be day and night and the seasons as long as the world stands. Meanwhile God shows all of his children patience to come to righteousness.
Cont. Part 7: God Blesses Noah