After the flood, God forced more consequences on humanity. Genesis, Chapter 8 details the actions of Noah and those animals and people who gathered with him on the ark. God set into motion a great wind to dry the water which was left over after the great flood. He stopped the rain, a process which took one hundred and fifty days.
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After the flood, Noah’s ark is said to have settled on the mountains of Ararat. And after a ten month period, the peaks of mountains could finally be seen.
Noah, the Dove, and the Olive Leaf
The book of Genesis chapter 8 reveals that when Noah to left the ark, God sent a dove as a sign that he would stop the judgments. The dove brought with it an olive leaf to demonstrate that the waters had indeed abated and vegetation would begin growing again. After some time, Noah emerged and looked carefully at what had come of the ark.
“Increase and Multiply”
God told Noah that he and his family could now leave the ark. He asked them to be fruitful and multiply, to recreate humanity which would then start anew. The same applied to all of the animals that God asked Noah to safeguard in the ark. Noah built an altar, burnt offerings on it, and praised his savior. He was pleased with Noah so he made a covenant with him. In Chapter 8, God ultimately promised never to again attack his own people–his flock–nor would he judge and attack the Earth’s people and animals as he did in the great flood.
Genesis 8 (King James Version)
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.
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.