Genesis 8 – Waiting

Well, i’m just over a week into the process, and my first Pilot Varsity pen is getting low in ink.  It looks like i will be going through a whole lot of pens for this project.  Today was the shortest chapter i have had so far, yet it felt like one of the longest.  I think that waking up at 5am to start this project may be starting to wear on me; as i was having a really hard time focusing (physically) on the pages.  My eyes just did not want to cooperate.  Overall though, so far so good.

Well, for those of you who were worried; Noah, his family, and the animals made it safely through the flood and are finally out and on dry land.  Woo hoo!  The chapter felt really long because of how much Noah did to make sure that the land was ready to support the animals.  It must have gotten really old sitting there in the ark waiting for everything to be ready to finally be able to leave.

One of the things that i noticed in going through this chapter today is one of the physical features of the ark itself.  All of the pictures and artist renderings of the ark that i have seen show the huge base with the upper area that looks like a longhouse along the top with windows all along it that would allow someone to see what was going on.  But that’s different from how the Bible describes it.  The Bible describes the ark as having only one window.  It also describes Noah removing the covering from the ark.  So the ark is this big huge boat with only one window and a covering, i would assume that it would have been similar in makeup and purpose as a huge tarp covering the top of the ark.

So for 5 months the ark was going through the flood and riding the waves before it finally rested on the mount of Ararat.  Four and a half months later, Noah removed the covering of the ark and the people could see that the  surface of the ground was dried up.  Almost another three months before they stepped out of the ark.  That was a long time to be cooped up in a boat.  I know i wouldn’t have liked that very much.  It must have been quite a relief to finally be out.

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