Day 3 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Genesis 8.  Been a long day, so 1 chapter is all we have time for.

At the end of the 150 days, the water had gone down and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  The waters continued to recede till the 10th month, then the tops of the mountains became visible.  Noah sent out a raven to fly back and forth till the water had dried from the earth.  Then he sent out a dove but it came back.  He sent it 7 days later and it came back that evening with an olive leaf in its beak.  7 days after that, he sent the dove again and it never returned, which told him the land was dry.

Eventually, God invited them to come out with all of the animals.  Noah built an altar to the Lord, took some clean animals and clean birds and sacrificed burnt offerings on it.   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. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Hallie says, “I wonder if there were unicorns on the ark.”  I’m thinking it could have been a possibility.  If Noah took some animals from the ark and sacrificed them, perhaps that’s the day unicorns became extinct?  It’s also a possibility that after all those long months on the ark, the animals could have procreated, making more of just 1 male and 1 female of each animal.  But was there room for more creatures to be born with all those that were already there?

Hallie and I think God would have instructed all the animals to wait until they were back on the earth before increasing in number.

What do you think?


Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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