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Genesis 8:1-3

Lesson # Genesis 8:1-3
Study Material - Genesis 8:1-3

You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.

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 remembers even the little sparrow, Luke 12:6. God has an even more desire to remember His chosen, Isa. 49:15. Here God remembers his faithful servant Noah and those with him on board the ark. Noah, as we will see in the next few chapters will be on board the ark for over a year. That will be a very long time with all those animals, all the clean up that certainly was required, all the close contact that everyone had to live in. Only one window to look out of and see nothing but water all around.

Just Floating along with the current taking you to where you don't know. No sail or rudder to steer yourself. Completely at the mercy of the ocean and under Gods complete control. That is the picture of life and reality. Many people buck life and get it in their heads that they are determining their own destiny, rejecting God with the attitude that they don't want God or anyone else determining their lives for them. And this is their failure and arrogance. God is omniscient and knows what is best for us all. He does not interfere in our decision making process, but gives us doctrine with which we can make smarter decisions. And of course your first decisions should be staying in fellowship, studying and growing spiritually, and applying the wisdom you possess to your daily life. Beyond that everything else is relative to your particular life and everyone in this world is different of course.

But God was in complete control of Noah, yet Noah had his faith and Noah waited on God. The wait probably seemed like an eternity. We all have to wait. Kids growing up become impatient, we all become impatient, because we want something to happen or want something to go away quickly and it just hangs on forever it seems. But do not focus on the problem. Focus on God and your consistent study. Wait on God and sooner or later you will be able to look back and recognize just how God is taking care of you. Don't be frustrated, or impatient, or filled with anxiety and so on. These are sins telling you that God has forgotten you or God forgot to make arrangements for your problems and that is arrogant thinking, so avoid it. Name it in your confessional prayer to, God the Father, and get yourself back into fellowship, forget it and move forward. Don't wallow in the past. Review the prayer chart in the image section on the Index page and understand how prayer works. Start thinking how you can solve your problems without getting even, or getting bitter, or using someone else as a pawn in your revenge or anger. Stabilize yourself, maintain your poise and move forward.

Noah lost everything he had. He lost his home and furniture, his possessions and more, but he reckoned God more valuable than things. He turned his back on things and let God provide. What God give to you, He can take away. Be able to walk away from everything, knowing that God will replace everything and to a greater degree. So by choosing God you lose nothing, but gain even more.

God closed up the flood gates of the deep. God turned off the endless rain. God controls everything. In a day he removed the water from the earth and formed dry land when He was going through the restoration of the earth. Now He is going to take a year to flood the earth and remove the water. Why? I think that it is because things were being reshaped for the next increment of human history. God removed the first generations of mankind, the plentifulness of the vegetation, He removed the Garden which was under guard during that time. Man had one language and that will be broken up. Man had no government, and that will become broken up in to separate nations. Personally I think the continents were broken up to provide geographical separations because it just seems to be consistent with the divisions of everything else. At the end of the chapter we will see the beginning of seasons which did not exist before, so the weather was broken up.

Noah was in the ark and waiting for the next commands from God, probably not knowing all the things that were taking place right beneath the ark under the water. Just because you can't see things happening, doesn't mean that God has fallen asleep and that He is not doing anything. Quite the contrary, God is always active, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. God never sleeps, though we often sleep in our souls when we forego doctrine.

The wind came up and the water receded slowly. God does things in a definite order and with much care to our comfort. He did not send the ark into huge waves, or crashing on the rocks of some reef. But God gives us signs of promise too. We just have to open our eyes and recognize them. And we cannot see unless we have some frame of reference to go by and doctrine provides our orientation. Noah saw the rain stop and felt the ark settle on ground. We say that Job had patience, well Noah even more so. You too will have your period of testing. Keep in the faith and move forward. You too will be great in Gods eyes, just like Noah, Job, Daniel, and many more, and not because of what you do, but because of what you have in your soul. Bible doctrine.

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