Noah and his family were ‘all adrift’, far above the earth, but the Lord remembered them. Somehow, we know that after 150 days the waters reached their peak and began to reduce. This account probably passed down through the generations as part of an oral legend, but it is also possible that it was relayed directly to Moses by God when they met on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). We too may seem to be adrift and forgotten but God will remember us.

The rains had begun on the 17th day of the second month of Noah’s 600th year, what we calculated to be 1656 years from the day Adam was formed (see notes on chapter 5).  The waters had reached a depth of about 7 metres above the highest mountain peaks (Genesis 7:19-20). When God remembered Noah, He then sent a wind to reduce the waters, and 150 days after Noah and his family entered the ark, the waters had slowly subsided and the ark finally rested on top of a mountain in Ararat (Genesis 8:4). After 224 days the other mountain tops could be seen. After 264 days Noah sent out a raven and a dove. The raven didn’t return but the dove did. On the 271st day the dove returned with an olive leaf. On the 278th day the dove was sent out again but did not return. On the 314th day Noah removed the cover from the ark. After 370 days the ground became dry and God told Noah to disembark together with his cargo.

What an epic journey they had undergone; they began with a single pair of each clean animal. It seems probable that some must have bred along the route, as, after getting out, Noah built an altar, took some of the clean animals and offered them as a sacrifice to the Lord. This sacrifice to the Lord was a little like the water drawn from the well of Bethlehem for David. It was precious because of its scarcity and its faith that God would replenish them. The Lord’s response was to promise that He would do so faithfully.


Father, in the midst of troubles, when I seem adrift, and perhaps even wonder if You have forgotten, remember me! For the trials that you carry me through and safely deliver me from, may I remember You. May I offer up sacrifices in Your Name.

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