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God's Promise to Humanity

"Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy the living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." -- Genesis 8:21,22

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Genesis 8:1-22

In the last article we learned that God had made a covenant with Noah:

"And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark you, your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives with you." - Genesis 6:17,18

We'd also learned that soon after, God began to give Noah instructions on what he needed to do next:

"And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive." - Genesis 6:19,20

Next God informs Noah that he'd only had seven days left, before the Great Flood of Judgement would wreak havoc upon the Earth:

"Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made." - Genesis 7:4

After this had happened, God tells Noah, that he must now take seven of every kind:

"Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and it's mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth." - Genesis 7:2,3

Now as we begin to move forward, also keep in mind that the waters the rain had brought, during those fatal forty days and nights, had continued to flood the earth, for another 110 days. Which means that the Earth had stayed flooded for a total of 150 days.

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God Remembers Noah

Be that as it may, next we're told by the Sacred Record that God had remembered Noah and his family, along with the animals and the livestock that were still residing with Noah, from within the Ark during this time. Soon after, we find God finally closing the floodgates of the heavens, and by doing so, the rain would stop falling. Next we find that the Lord would then send forth a wind over the earth, causing the waters to recede steadily from it's surface. Next we're told that the Ark that God had used to bring Noah and his family into the new world, would finally rest on the top of Mt. Ararat:

"But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and He [the Lord] sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat." - Genesis 8:1-4

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The Raven and the Dove

Now the tenth month had arrived, after Noah and his family had came to a resting point on the top of Mt. Ararat. And it's at this time that the Sacred Record reveals that the tops of the mountains, had started to become visible. And it's at this point, Noah would wait another forty days before he would open the Ark's window. Noah would then send out a raven to fly across, and scout the nearby lands. Next we're told that after the raven had scouted the area, the bird would return back to the Ark.

Now it's presumed that the raven didn't fly directly back to Noah, but perhaps, it flew and rested on top of the Ark, instead of entering back into ship. The Sacred Record reveals that this particular bird, would continue to do this, until the waters had totally receded, and the earth's ground had completely dried up.

Now it's at this point, Noah would use a dove instead of the raven, to do the scouting for him, from that point forward. For we must keep in mind that the dove is more sociable towards humans, and the bird can fly lower and longer, than the raven can. And because of these advantages that the dove possessed, when compared to the raven, it would seem that Noah finally realized that the dove would do a better job, when it came to scouting the overall area.

Noah would send the dove out, in order to see if there were any dry ground for it to set down at. But unfortunately, the bird would later return back to Noah. This would be a clear indication to Noah that the flood waters still had the surface of the earth completely covered.

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The Seven Day Wait

Now Noah would wait seven more days, before he would send the dove out again, and this time when the dove had returned, it had a freshly plucked olive leaf in its beak. Understand that this was a positive indicator to Noah, for it signified good news for him and his family. For it showed Noah that the waters were finally receding from the earth's surface, since the top of the trees were now visible and accessible to the dove. So Noah would wait another seven more days, before he would send out the dove again, for a third time, but this time around, the dove would not return. And because of this, Noah knew that the flood waters had completely receded from the earth's surface.

So on the first day, of the first month, of Noah's six-hundred and first year, Noah would remove the covering of the Ark. And upon doing so, he saw that the surface of the earth was mostly dry. And when the second month of that same year had came, and on its seventeenth day, the Sacred Record reveals that the earth was completely dry at this point. Now this is when God, after one year and seventeen days, gave Noah and his family, the animals and the livestock, permission to finally leave the Ark.

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God's Promise to Humanity

Nevertheless, we've now come to the point, were we find God making a promise to humanity:

"Then God said to Noah: 'Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you, the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it.'" - Genesis 8:15-17

Now after hearing this, Noah and his family all headed out of the great ship. Now I would also like to point out, Noah at this time, would immediately build an altar unto the Lord. For he took some of the clean animals and clean birds, and brunt them on the altar, therefore offering them up to the Lord as a sacrifice. Now when the Lord had smelled the pleasing aroma, He pronounced:

"Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy the living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." -- Genesis 8:21,22

In the next Bible Study Online Article:

Now that we have journeyed through the time that it took for Noah to finally get permission from the Lord - so that he could leave the Ark. We begin to move forward, and it would be at this time that we'll learned about God's Magna Charta to humanity and the earth. We'll also take a closer look at what it really means.

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