Genesis: The Great Flood Gn 8:1-22 By: Evelyn Garcia
The main idea/important event in Gn 8 is that the water dries up and Noah and the animals can get out of the ark. The first thing that happens is God made a wind sweep over the earth and the waters began to subside. Next Noah released a dove to see if there was still water on the ground when the dove came back that meant there was still water. When the dove didn’t come back, Noah knew there was no more water. Finally, God told Noah to bring all of the people and animals, and creatures that were with him, to go out and reproduce. A life lesson we can learn from this passage is Patience - they had to wait until God said it was ready to get off the Ark. God didn’t want anything to strike the ground ever again so that the people and animals wouldn’t get hurt.
"God remembered Noah and all the animals, wild and tame, that were with him in the ark. So God made a wind sweep over the earth, and the waters began to subside" (Gn 8:1).
"In the evening the dove came back to him, and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf! So Noah knew that the waters had diminished on the earth" (Gn 8:11).
Then God said to Noah: Go out of the ark, together with your wife and your sons and your sons' wives. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you all creatures, be they birds or animals or crawling things that crawl on earth and let them abound on the earth, and be fertile and multiply on it" (Gn 8:15-17).
A life lesson we can learn from this passage is Patience - they had to wait until God said it was ready/safe to get off the Ark.