Genesis 8 – The Flood Subsides

When we compare beginning in 8:13 with chapter 7, we can see that Noah and his family were in the Ark for a year before the waters subsided enough that God sent them out. A log time indeed. We know that every creature, man or beast, that was not on the Ark had died. But imagine the force and destruction of a flood of that magnitude for that many months. Such a disaster would leave permanent marks on the earth, and in fact it did. It is pretty easy to find them when you look at the world through your Christian eyes.

God makes lots of promises in this chapter and in chapter 9, and He always keeps His promises. One promise not often discussed is made in verse 22 – that we can expect the world to behave in a consistent manner. There will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. God holds the universe together, as he reminds Job in Job 38, and as is stated in many passages such as in Heb 1:3 and Col 1:16-17. Even scientific experiments themselves are only possible because God made the world to behave in ways that we can depend on to be consistent!

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