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Genesis 8:10-32

Mike – In your comments regarding Noah, the dove and the olive branch, I, for the first time see an example for us in how to walk by faith and not by sight. I believe that in every part of the Bible, Old and New Testament redemption, salvation, righteous living and holiness that point to the Messiah and His Work on the cross, can be seen. It just takes time and persistence to see it or have it revealed.

When Noah, sending out the raven that flew back and forth until the earth was dry and then sending out the dove, did this, he set an example of how to walk by faith. The text shows us that even thought there was a window on the Ark his eye sight was blocked. He knew that the earth was out there but he was not able to use his five senses to determine the condition of the ground. We are told by the apostle Paul not to walk in or after the flesh especially in his letter to the Romans. Moses relied on two birds that feed on and live amongst two entirely different food sources.

The raven is a carrion, it feeds on dead things, dead flesh. The dove, which is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit, does not hang around death. Paul states:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
(Romans 8:1 KJV)

The olive branch represents the anointing, the Anointed One. The raven flew back and forth feeding on flesh, the dead things of this world. Moreover, there would have been a lot of “flesh” floating on the water and the raven had a field day. But the dove can’t hang out with the dead, she/he needed the “Annointed One,” the Olive Branch, in order to live upon the earth, so too those called by His Name.

Please note the above may just be the product of a very fertile imagination.

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
(2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV)

Grace and peace,

Gen 8:13 "in the six hundred and first year"..."Noah removed the covering of the ark". Does that mean that they waited 601 years after the Flood before leaving the Ark? Thanks to anyone who replies for helping my understanding on this question.

Hi Mike, I do believe the Lord still calls us into ministry and to serve and be his disciples. Discipline comes from the word disciple. And when we read the bible and study Gods Word, we are becoming disciplined and thus His Disciples in the Ministry. He called me to teach others from early on and I taught in church with nursery, sunday school for youth and adults and even did some lay speaking in Methodist churches and after several life altering changes, finally came into the greatest passion God has for me and that is being a school teacher! I love it because God designed that for me from a young child! It just took some hard knocks to see it and seek what God had for me. Love that Noah was remembered just like us and that all human kind are born of sinfulness and wicked even from their youth. The reason I like this is that none is perfect, no not one! but Jesus our Lord and comforting when I am ministering to children and their parents that even our young are help into accountability for their accounts and none of them or I are perfect. We have to be led by the Spirit and walk in Love and compassion and wisdom! Love for this year to all!

Re: Jeff

In Genesis 7:11-12 (yesterday's reading)

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

The flood began when Noah was 600. So, Noah and his family stayed in the Ark for about a year.

Thank you very much Frederick

And He remembered Noah. He remembered Joanna in her destitution and brought her into His marvelous light. He remembers! Love it. Yes, God calls us still today, I am in waiting for the next great thing God is calling me into. I am excited and just filling myself with His word so that I will be ready.This is a great year. Thanks so much for this study.

Hi Mike,

I believe God is still calling people today but we need to be attentive and willing. One pastor says the thing you are most passionate about or that frustrates you the most when not done right is basically where you are being called. I always knew that I had a calling for helping children and have finally this year accepted that calling and started a charitable organization to help educate poor children in Zimbabwe. It's taken me 3 years to finally do it but I'm glad that God is merciful and a God of second chances.

The scripture that really stood out for me was in Genesis 9 the story of Canaan being cursed because of Ham. I believe he was cursed because he had caused shame to his father. It really made me think of how I have handled situations in the past when people go wrong. Powerful teaching and reminder that I am to help my brethren come back in alignment and avoid any embarrassment or shame for them if possible. I ask the Lord to increase His love and compassion in me for his people.

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