Monday, August 01, 2011

Noah Leaves The Ark - Genesis 8:18-19 Bible Commentary

So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark. (Genesis 8:18-19)
The waters of the flood had finally receded, and the land had finally become dry. Not one person had survived— except for, by God's grace, Noah and his household. When the command from God came that they should leave the ark, Noah and his household must have been eager to leave (they had, after all, spent over a year on the ark).

Noah and his household became the first people to set foot in the new post-flood world. Those first few steps on something different— on something firm, on something other than the gopher wood of the ark— must have seemed heavenly.

The view, indeed, must have been splendid. They were perched up in the Ararat Mountains. No longer were they surrounded by the same wooden walls, but by a birds-eye view of a world that was, in a sense, just beginning. All around the mountains, plants were beginning to spring up and retake the once flooded land.

It certainly must have been tempting for Noah and his household to look at such a world and think that it had been cleansed. But if they had done so, they would have had to have forgotten about who they were. The world might have been cleansed, but they had not been completely cleansed. Sin was still present. And however heavenly those first few steps might have been, they must have quickly remembered that they were walking upon earth— not heaven.

Related Posts:
Noah Builds The First Post-Flood Altar - Genesis 8:20
The Command Noah Waited So Long For - Genesis 8:14-17
Noah's Obedience - Genesis 6:22
Evidence for a Global Flood: Water Above The Mountains - Genesis 7:19-20
God's Ark Which Noah Built - Genesis 6:14

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