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Lesson # Genesis 8:4-5
Study Material - Genesis 8:4-5
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4 And in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. 5 And 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.
Here we are five months later to the day. Time was measured on lunar 30 day intervals and the flood began on the 17th day of the second month in Noah's 600th year, also noted in the previous verse as 150 days or 30 times 5. Though the time in the ark probably seemed long and forever ongoing, it was a mere 5 months until this 7th month. There is still a lot of water covering the earth, but the rocking of the ark on the waves came to an end as the ark came to a resting place on the mountains of Ararat. This certainly caught Noah's attention as well as the rest of the passengers.
They have been lulled by the rocking motion of the ark on the water for five months, then suddenly there was a crunch as the ark came to a grinding halt. Remember how big the ark is. Some 450 feet long and three stories high. As the water began to recede the ark settled down as the water level dropped.
Noah had nothing to do with parking the ark. He had no means of steering the ark, and apart from the stars, he had no means of determining where he was in this world. No land in sight and nothing with which to make reference to. Only the stars in the direction of heaven gave Noah and his family guidance of any kind.
Whether we admit it or not, God guides our lives. Even if we choose to reject God, He still guides our lives in discipline or judgment. It may be ultimately unpleasant, but He still has control over our outcome. Certainly if we make the smart decision for God, then our lives will turn out much, much better. God decided where the set the ark. It happened to be high in the mountains in Noah's case. And later we will read about their journey down the mountain to the west and into the plains, and ultimately into the promised land of Palestine via Abraham's journey. But for now, Noah did not make the decision as to where the ark would come to rest.
Mt. Ararat today is 16,940 feet high. In the mid 1800's there was a record of a major earthquake in Turkey, which lowered the height of the mountain by major slides. Also, in the past several thousand years since Noah there is evidence of volcanic eruptions, which probably further lowered the mountains height and its configuration. Anyway, the elevation of the mountain is unknown at the time of Noah and the location of the ark is probably all but evaporated from the face of the earth, despite the many claims of finding the ark, or evidence of the arks existence. It is interesting to note that one of the origins of the Euphrates river begins in this mountain range. This will be important in following the movement of the peoples down the mountains into the plains of present day Syria and Iraq.
Once the ark came to rest it still was not time to get out. They sat there for another three months before they could begin to see the mountain tops of distant mountains. This occurred in the tenth month on the 1st day of the month. Now we are some 224 days on the ark. Counting from the 2nd month, 17th day to the tenth month on the 1st day. So what do all the numbers mean anyway. Moses recorded all these facts for us so we could have some kind of understanding of the time involved for Noah on the ark with all those animals and the chores that had to be taken care of. Noah had to wait on the Lord. Often we do not want to wait, so we plunge right into our own plans and eventually foul up. Patience is sometimes the most difficult thing to control in ones life. And God may on occasion put you in a position where you can do nothing but rely on Him. When we have options and impatience we ignore God. But when our resources run out, then we have no choice but to wait on and rely on God. Learning this the hard way proves to be very discomforting, like being hit with a board between the eyes. The concept of getting the mules attention.
We have many opportunities to get on track with our spiritual growth in times of prosperity and we should take advantage of it rather than sliding off into the distractions of the good times. To ignore doctrine means hard times ahead.
Noah had specific warning about the flood and he had specific instructions regarding the ark and his escape from certain death. But now Noah has no specifics about when the water will abate so he can get off the ark. We have to learn to wait on God. To prepare ourselves for the disasters that are sure to come in this world, and then wait on God for His relief. God is in complete control, we are not. Resting in His word means our preservation and ultimate blessing.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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