January 31, 2023

Tuesday – Pentateuch

Reading: Genesis 7-8

Highlight Verses:

“Noah was now 601 years old. On the first day of the new year, ten and a half months after the flood began, the floodwaters had almost dried up from the earth. Noah lifted back the covering of the boat and saw that the surface of the ground was drying. Two more months went by, and at last the earth was dry!”

Genesis 8:13-14 NLT

First off, you should know that I believe this story was real. There is a significant amount of scientific and anthropological evidence for a worldwide flood – not to mention the Biblical record of it.

That said, Noah was one patient guy.

It had to have taken many years to build the ark. The Bible doesn’t specify that time.

The Bible is very specific about how long the flood lasted.

The rain and the eruption of underground water lasted forty days.

After exactly 5 months, the ark came to rest on Ararat.

After ten months, Noah uncovered the ark.

After a year and ten days, God told Noah to leave the ark.

The Bible doesn’t mention Noah’s attitude at this point but I would be very anxious to get out of the ark by then. Noah waited for God’s command.

Do you, like me, ever get impatient for God’s instructions to move?

Noah waited for the land to be ready to support him and his family and the animals. Are there things that you and I need to wait for to be ready before we act?

Feel free to share stories about that.

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