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Daily Devotional

January 8


by Henry T. Vriesen

When the water rose the ark was lifted from the ground and floated above the water-covered earth for five or six months. Then one day it came to a standstill on mount Ararat. After forty days Noah opened the window of the ark and allowed a raven to fly out. This bird with strong wings flew to and fro until the water had gone down, so it could find a place of rest. After a short while Noah sent out another bird, a dove. As it could not find a place of rest, it returned and Noah took it into the ark again. He waited another week and the dove was sent out a second time. It came back with an olive leaf in its bill, indicating that the tops of the trees were uncovered again. A week later another dove was sent out which did not return. By this time Noah knew that the waters on the earth were dried up.

Now Noah believed the time had come to open the ark, so he could look upon the earth. How glad he must have been to see dry land again, after having lived in the ark a little more than a year. Again he heard the voice of God. He told him to leave the ark. Then he went out with his family and with all the animals that were with him.

When Noah came out of the ark, his first act was to give thanks to God, because his life and the lives of his family had been saved, while all the other people had, perished from off the earth. He built an altar unto the Lord and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord accepted the offering and 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 … while the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth … And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there anymore be a flood to destroy the earth … This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”

Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years. He died at the age of nine hundred and fifty years. All the people of the earth descended from Noah’s sons—Shem, Ham and Japheth.” The Jews are descendants from Shem; the Canaanites, Egyptians and Negroes from Ham; the English, Germans, and other nations from Japheth.

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