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.
14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,
16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
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.
18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
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.
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.
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
K.J.V. Bible Text
How thrilled Noah and his family must have been after all that time in the ark when he was finally able to remove the covering and see the light of the sun and breathe fresh air. Even though it was nearly two more months before God told him to come out of the ark, those two months must have been far more comfortable.
Perhaps during those two months the bird on board all began to fly to and fro as the raven and dove had done. Perhaps the elephants lifted their trunks and trumpeted. Opening up that ark must have been a great occasion for joy.
And Noah knew well that God had saved him from a great disaster; so when God told him to come out of the ark, his first act was to build an altar to the Lord and sacrifice burnt offerings of the clean animals and birds. This showed his overwhelming gratitude and faith because, you will recall, there were only seven pairs of all the clean animals taken aboard the ark. Noah sacrificed some of these precious animals in faith.
And the Lord justified his faith. Because He then promised that even though “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…” He would never again destroy all living creatures as he had done in the flood for as long as there is an earth.
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