Description of Life on the Ark After Water Stops

Gen. 8:1-3:
1 "But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.
2 Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained;
3 and the water receded steadily from the earth, and at the end of one hundred and fifty days the water decreased.


"God remembered..." is a term used in the Bible. It will be used later when God creates a covenant with Noah. God does not forget. We have to be careful about the words. The word "remember" as used by the Hebrews used to mean something like "began again to act on their behalf". It indicates that God was faithful to His promises to Noah and the all His creations. God now causes a wind to pass over the earth. Where have we heard that before? (Gen. 1:2) It could be the Holy Spirit. However, it is not generally thought that the inference here is related specifically to the Holy Spirit. It is thought to be a very real strong VERY dry wind that very quickly starts evaporating the water. This type of wind really exists in that part of the world. That would be a good explanation for the surface water. However, the waters "from the deep" receded back to their chambers and cavities in the earth. In addition, the terrible flood completely reconfigured the topography of the earth. Now there would be high ragged mountains, big lakes, bigger and longer rivers, and re-shaped seas and oceans. It was truthfully, a new earth.

God closes the fountains of the deep and the rain stops. The water continuously now starts evaporating and drying up. The water starts down steadily. The receding started on the 150th day.

Gen. 8:4:
"In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat..

On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on a highland called Mt. Ararat. For those of you with further interest, read the book The Lost Ship of Noah (in Bibliography). This describes with pictures and explorer journals the possibility of Noah's Ark being in present day Turkey. Because of the political and religious significance, the Muslims of Turkey (about 95% of Turkey) have closed off all travel to the mountain.

Gen. 8:5-14:
1 " 5 The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made;
7 and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth.
8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land;
9 but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark, for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself.
10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark.
11 The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth.
12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again.
13 Now it came about in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth. Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.
14 In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry.


The water in steadily going down. On the first day of the tenth moth, Noah was not able to see the tops of mountains as they became visible. Now forty days later, Noah opens the window and sends out a raven. The raven flies around and does not return. It waits for some dry land on which to land. Now Noah sends out a dove. The dove could not find anyplace to land; so, it came back to the ark. Noah waits another seven days and sends out the dove again. This time the dove brings the infamous an olive branch. Noah now knew that the water was continuously going down. Noah waits another seven days and sends out a raven again. This time the dove does not come back. Now in the first day of the first month of the six hundred and first year, Noah removed the covering of the ark and observed the land was appearing dry.On the twenty-seventh day of the second month, the earth was dry. This was a very difficult thing for God to do (kill something made in His own image). Psalms describes it well Psalm 104:6-9

[For a complete analysis of the days of the flood see Time Analysis]

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