Genesis Chapter 8 Answers

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DAY ONE
Questions and Answers


1. From what we have seen of Noah’s character, what might he have been doing that “helped” God to “remember” him? 

Praying 

2. How long is a month according to chapter 7, verse 11 and chapter 8, verses 3-4?  From reading the passages below, how long was Noah in the Ark?

How long is a month?

First clue:
total period is 150 days according to chapter 8 verse 3 

Second clue:
time between 17th day of second month (chapter 7 verse 11) and 17th day of seventh month is exactly five months 

Divide 150 days by 5 months = 30 days per month 

How long was Noah in the Ark?

  • Reference: Genesis Chapter 7 verses 11-13
  • Event: Day Noah entered the ark
  • Duration or Time of Event:  the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month
  • Reference: Genesis Chapter 8 verses 13+14
  • Event: Day Noah left the ark
  • Duration or Time of Event: Noah's six hundred and first year, the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry

Total Days Noah was in the ark was one year and ten days


DAY TWO
Questions and Answers


3. Fill in the chart below with the time or reference points and events for chapter eight. Three references points from chapter seven are provided as an example.

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 7 verses 6-9
  • Time or Reference Point: When Noah was 600 years old
  • Events: The flood came, Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark, animals came to Noah and entered the ark
  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 7 verses 10-16
  • Time or Reference Point: After 7 days the start of the animals coming to Noah; the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month; forty days and forty nights
  • Events: The floodwaters came, all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened, rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights, Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark, The Lord shut Noah in the ark

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 7 verse 24
  • Time or Reference Point: for a hundred and fifty days
  • Events: The waters flooded the earth

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 3
  • Time or Reference Point: At the end of the hundred and fifty days
  • Events: The water had gone down

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 4
  • Time or Reference Point: On the seventeenth day of the 7th month
  • Events: The ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 5
  • Time or Reference Point: Until the tenth month
  • Events: The waters continued to recede

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 5
  • Time or Reference Point: On the first day of the tenth month
  • Events: The tops of the mountains became visible

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 6
  • Time or Reference Point: After forty days
  • Events:  Noah opened the window he had made in the ark

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 7
  • Time or Reference Point: Until the water had dried up from the earth
  • Events: sent out a raven, kept flying back and forth

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verse 8
  • Time or Reference Point: Then (after the raven and after the water had dried up from the earth) Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the
  • Events: Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verses 10 + 11
  • Time or Reference Point: Seven more days
  • Events: Again sent out the dove from the ark… When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verses 12
  • Time or Reference Point: Waited seven more days
  • Events: Sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verses 13
  • Time or Reference Point: By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year
  • Events: The water had dried up from the earth, Noah then removed the covering from the ark, saw the surface of the ground was dry

  • Verses: Genesis Chapter 8 verses 14-19
  • Time or Reference Point: By the 27th day of the second month
  • Events: The earth was completely dry, all left the ark





DAY THREE
Questions and Answers


4. Research the topic RAVEN with an online encyclopedia such as Wikipedia or another similar resource.  From your research, why does a raven seem to have been the best choice for Noah to send out from the ark to assess the world’s situation? 

There are at least four reasons to send a raven:

a) It is a bird and could fly as opposed to trying to walk in the mud etc. 

b) Ravens can thrive in varied climates. They range from the Arctic to the deserts of North Africa, and to islands in the Pacific Ocean; indeed this species has the largest range of any member of the genus. Most Ravens prefer wooded areas (with large, open land nearby) or coastal regions for their nesting sites and feeding grounds. 

c) Ravens have a varied diet. They will eat a wide number of foods, including insects, berries, fruit, other birds' eggs, carrion, wolf or dog feces, and human-produced foods such as bread. They also may kill small birds and mammals, including young rabbits and rats, but do so mainly as opportunists. 

d) Like other corvids, Ravens can copy sounds from their environment, including human speech. This could have given Noah an indication of any sounds that the raven might have heard while out "scouting". 

If the raven had not returned then Noah would have known that there was food for him to eat. . .the raven eats just about anything (and especially enjoys carrion) so if there was anything left floating around it would be very easy for him to find something to eat. . .since he returned to the ark then one would assume that he found nothing to eat - carrion or otherwise which therefore implied that there was nothing dead or alive left on the earth 

5. In verse 7 it says that the raven Noah sent out “kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.” What was the raven flying back and forth to and from? 

His searches for food and the ark 


DAY FOUR
Questions and Answers


6. Why did Noah send out a dove? How many times did Noah send out a dove? What was the result of each event? 

Why did Noah send out a dove?

Noah first sent out a raven, because it was a strong, aggressive bird and would return to its mate. But the raven only flew over the water and returned to perch on the ark. This was not satisfactory, so Noah in looking for a bird better suited to his purpose, bethought him of the most loving and tender bird he knew-the dove. 

It not only would return to the ark, but would enter and go to the cage of its mate, and if it found green food it would regurgitate a portion for her or its young, or if not nesting he could tell by its droppings if greenery had been eaten and so decide if the waters were going down. And this is precisely what happened.

The dove came back, and the watching Noah saw it feed its mate little green olive leaves, for the dove never carries food in the beak, but swallows and then regurgitates it to mate and young. (from International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia)

How many times did Noah send out the dove?

Three times 

What was the result of each event?

First – returned to the ark 
Verse 8 and 9 - 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 

Second – returned with a fresh olive leaf 
Verses 10 and 11 - 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 

Third – Did not return 
Verse 12 - He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. 

7. Based on verses 4 and 14-19, how long did Noah remain in the ark after it came to rest on Mount Ararat? Clue: there are 12 months in a year.

7 months and ten days 

8. What do you think were some of the difficulties Noah and his family had to overcome while they were in the ark?  

  • Stench of animals
  • No fresh food
  • Sea sickness
  • Same 4 walls
  • Not knowing where they were going
  • Loss of family members left behind
  • Perhaps heat and cold
  • Lack of privacy
  • Physical strain
  • Impatience
  • Other _______________________________

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DAY FIVE
Questions and Answers


9. What does the dove symbolize in Christianity? Why do you think this is so? 

Peace

The dove was the symbol of reconciliation with God (see Genesis chapter 8, verses 8 and 10) and has since been the emblem of peace. It is also a noted symbol of tender and devoted affection (see Song chapter 1, verse 15 and chapter 2, verse 14) and likewise of mourning (see Isaiah chapter 38, verse 14 and chapter 59, verse 11).

Holy Spirit

The dove symbolizes the Holy Spirit that descended upon our Savior at His baptism with that peculiar hovering motion that distinguishes the descent of a dove (Matthew chapter 3, verse 16; Mark chapter 1, verse 10; Luke chapter 3, verse 22; and John chapter 1, verse 32). (from The New Unger's Bible Dictionary)

As the lamb is the emblem of the Savior, so the dove of the Holy Spirit the Comforter, because of its gentleness, tenderness, innocence, and constant love. (from Fausset's Bible Dictionary)

10. Describe how you think Noah may have built the altar and how he might have chosen which animals to sacrifice on it.  

He likely built it from stones and it is also likely that the wood of the ark was used for fire
He likely chose some of every clean animal and bird – probably the choicest of those available 

What were the two things God promised he would never do as a result of His pleasure with Noah’s sacrifice? 

From verse 21:

1 - Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.

2 - And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.





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