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Lesson # Genesis 8:6-12
Study Material - Genesis 8:6-12
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.
6 Then it came about at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; 7 and he sent out a raven, and it flew here and there until the water was dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove from him, to see if the water was abated from the face of the land; 9 but the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him into the ark; for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he put out his hand and took her, and brought her into the ark to himself. 10 So he waited yet another seven days; and again he sent out the dove from the ark. 11 And the dove came to him toward evening; and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. 12 Then he waited yet another seven days, and sent out the dove; but she did not return to him again.
Forty days after the ark settled on the ground, Noah opens up the window to look out to the world. But the world is not yet ready for habitation. Noah send out a raven, the scavenger to see what was out there. The raven did not come back but flew out here and there and continued to do this during its freedom until the water dried up.
The raven is likened to the Law of Moses, sent out to man, to the world showing the failures and distractions of man in the world. The Law was sent first ahead of Christ. The Law was incapable of finding or providing rest. It was not until Christ came to fulfill the law and provide a better covenant, a better sacrifice than that of animals, a better baptism of the Holy Spirit, and much more, that victory was accomplished through Christ.
The raven fluttered back and forth, as people without doctrine do in life. The raven was sent out and it decided to find its own way disregarding the commands of God. The next bird sent out was the dove, a bird of peace. Going out to the world it found no resting place therefore it returned to the place of rest, the ark, Jesus Christ, Bible doctrine, where there is the only true source of peace and rest.
Noah sent out the dove in seven day increments, implying that he obeyed the requirements of the Sabbath by observing it regularly. He counted the days despite the current situation of the flood and all. Noah still kept track of time and maintained his responsibilities with respect to the Sabbath. The dove returned to Noah and he brought it back into the ark. God receives all to seek Him, and in accordance to His will. The dove returned to the window, the only source of access to the ark. We likewise, have only one access to salvation, but after that our only source to God is doctrine and the spiritual growth it provides.
Noah sent out the dove a couple of more times in seven day increments. He probably waited seven days after first releasing the raven and then released the birds in seven day increments. Noah was consistent in his acknowledgment of God, and still sought information concerning the world around him.
Noah has not received instruction from God to leave the ark. Although the dove coming and going bringing back an olive leaf and then not returning, gave Noah information about the water level, and the status of the vegetation outside. Noah was inside the ark and was still attached to the world. He did not gain his sustenance from the world but from within the ark, from God, yet he was still tied to the world. He did not close his eyes to the world around him, but kept himself informed regarding the world outside.
We have to live in this world. Therefore we have to keep our eyes open and keep ourselves prepared for its environment. Noah was educating himself regarding the world outside. We too need to keep ourselves informed. Because in living in this world we need to be prepared. Common sense dictates this. But as the dove did not return in the last flight, so also we cannot depend on this world for our ultimate life support. God is our life support. God is dependable. Bible doctrine is our only source of eternal support. The world will fail us sooner or later.
Noah obeyed Gods commands, he kept himself informed regarding the world, but he did not automatically leave the ark when the dove did not return. He continued to wait on God. He remained in the ark. Even though he knew that the water was virtually gone. It is easy to get out in front of God and go our own way. But he who is faithful in doctrine will wait on Gods lead. One cannot recognize Gods will if one does not have doctrine in his soul. You have to first study and learn and grow, in order to have an understanding of where your life is going.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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