Friday, June 17, 2011

The Ark Comes To A Rest (Part 2) - Genesis 8:4 Bible Commentary

For the next 110 days of the flood, Noah's household continued in this uncertainty— they had no idea how long they would be in the ark. They had no idea what was happening outside of the ark, because, after all, the only thing they could see was water. Day... after day... after day passed. They went through the same daily chores, not knowing whether anything would be different in another year.

If there was any point in their journey when the temptation to doubt God was the highest, it was probably on the 150th day of the flood. For 110 days straight they had continued in uncertainty... not knowing what was happening... not knowing where in the world they were.

But then, on the 150th day (after 5 months) the winds began to blow. Something was changing. Suddenly, the boat came to a stop. The daily routine had finally been interrupted. But where were they? What was the ark resting upon?

These were questions which Noah's household was likely unable to answer. The Ararat Mountains were still deep in the water. Nothing could be seen out of the ark's window except for water (for more info see How Did Noah's Ark Rest Upon Mountains That Were Not Visible?).

Although Noah's household was unsure of where they were, they could rejoice. After five months in the ark, they had finally come to rest upon something solid. In that moment, Noah, with much confidence, must have been able to say: The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge (Psalm 18:2).

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Related Posts:
How God Stopped The Flood (Part 1) - Genesis 8:1-3
How Big Was Noah's Ark? - Genesis 6:15-16
The Long Expected Rain - Genesis 7:10-12

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