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 assuaged;
2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
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.
6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
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.
10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
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.
12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Noah, his family and all those animals were shut up in the ark for a long time.
It says here that “And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark…” My thought is that in those 40 days and nights when it rained and the drops could be heard falling on the covering of the ark and then during all those long days afterward when the water remained upon the face of the earth, Noah may have wondered more than once if God did remember him. Was his faith tested by fear that the Lord had encouraged him to build an ark and bring all those creatures aboard only to have them all starve to death as they floated on the vast waters?
Whether he lost faith or kept it every moment, Noah was obedient. The ark floated for five months before it settled on a mountain. Then Noah waited for a sign from the Lord that the earth was once again ready to be inhabited.
When Noah sent forth the raven it flew around, back and forth. Perhaps that is because a raven is usually a wild bird. Perhaps the little dove that Noah sent out next was a tame bird he could depend upon to return with a sign. We know that the first time the dove came back, having found nowhere to land, it was tame enough to land on Noah’s hand when he reached out.
After seven more days, the bird brought back an olive leaf. By then Noah must have been very impatient but he waited seven days more before sending the dove out again. This time the bird did not return.
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