Genesis Chapter 8

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Genesis Chapter 8 is the eighth of eleven in a series of studies of the first 11 chapters of the first book of the Bible.

How long was Noah and his family and all those animals in the ark?

Can you imagine leaving the ark after all that had happened?

Your learning comes from reading and studying the Bible. After you have read the Scripture passage below, it's a good idea to answer the daily study questions.

Genesis Chapter 8 (New International Version)

1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.

6 After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 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. 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. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.

13 By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 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."

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds--everything that moves on the earth--came out of the ark, one kind after another.

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "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 all living creatures, as I have done.

22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."

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Daily Study Questions

Day One

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

2. How long is a month according to Genesis Chapter 7, verse 11 and Genesis Chapter 8, verses 3-4? 

3. From reading the passages below, 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:  ____________________

  • Reference: Genesis Chapter 8 verses 13+14
  • Event: Day Noah left the ark
  • Duration or Time of Event:  ____________________

Day Two

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.

Genesis Chapter 7, verses 6-9


When Noah was

600 years old


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

Genesis Chapter 7, verses 10-16


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


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

Genesis Chapter 7, verses 24


 For 150 days


 The waters flooded the earth

Here are the verses from Genesis Chapter 8
for you to use to build a similar table

  • Verse 3
  • Verse 4
  • Verse 5
  • Verse 5 (again)
  • Verse 6
  • Verse 7
  • Verse 8
  • Verse 10 & 11
  • Verse 12
  • Verse 13
  • Verses 14-19

Day Three

1. 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? 

2. 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? 

3. Why did Noah send out a dove? 

Day Four

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

2. 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. 

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

Day Five

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

2. What is the longest or hardest time that you had to endure physical or emotional hardship. How did God help you get through and persevere through the hardship? 

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

Day Six

1. What do you think was harder on Noah and his family – the decades of building the ark and suffering criticism of the unbelievers; or the living in the ark for over a year taking care of the animals? 

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

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