Genesis 8

Chapter 8

8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

  • “Remembered”? Did God forget ?
  • Did it just say that God passed wind?

8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.

  • “Returned” to where?

8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

  • Why hasn’t anyone found any remains of the Ark near Ararat, or anywhere else in the world?
  • Forgive me, many expeditioners have indeed “found” the ark (in various different places), and later released either a book or a videotape for $29.95. However, I would prefer something that’s published in a respectable journal.

8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.

  • Mt. Everest is much higher than Ararat, and yet this is suggesting that the Ark had already docked at Ararat before any other mountaintops could be seen.

8:6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

  • This is the first time in many months that the crew of the Ark get any fresh air. How did they survive?

8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

  • If 1.2 sextillion gallons of water simply “dried up” into the air, our entire atmosphere would become several hundred kilometers thicker, and composed entirely of water vapor.
  • Notice again that this verse refers to evaporation, which contradicts our original theory of the firmament. This verse could have at least said that “the water went back up above the firmament,” but no such luck.
  • Wait, is this saying that the raven made all the water dry up? What is this, a Native American creation story?

8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
8:9 But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
8:10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

  • An olive leaf? Let’s remember that most plants (including olive trees) died because of the flood. Where, then, did the dove find a fully-grown healthy olive tree seven days after the first dry land started to appear?

8:12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
8:13 And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
8:16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
8:17 Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

  • What does the LORD think will be different now than it was the first time He did this exact same thing?

8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

  • What is the reason for this? Hasn’t the LORD killed enough animals to please himself yet?

8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

  • “Evil” compared to who? God? The God who, just a few moments ago, was busy annihilating all life on Earth?
  • “Sweet savour”? Is there no end to the LORD’s enjoyment of death and blood?
  • Is this another mistake that the LORD is admitting? Does this not question his omniscience?

8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.