“Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land.” Leviticus 25:18 (NIV)
The flood started when Noah was 600 years old on the “17th day of the second month” (Genesis 7:7-11). When Noah was 601 years old, the water dried up (Genesis 8:13). He must have wished to God for a new normal living when he blew the lantern out on his birthday. By the 27th day of the second month the water on the land completely dried up and God told Noah and his family to “come out of the ark” (Genesis 8:15,16).
Recalling in detail, their dangerous voyage started with a rainstorm on the eighth day which continued for “40 days and 40 nights.” Then the flood remained high for 110 more days.
The ark landed at the top of Mount Ararat where it became visible after 2 1⁄2 months. Forty more days Noah sent out a raven, a scavenger with a sensitive sense of smell. Finding no dry land, it returned. After seven days Noah sent the dove, it returned. Noah counted for another seven days and sent the dove for the second time. It returned at night with an olive leaf. So, Noah removed part of the roof and saw dry ground. But they waited for several more days until the angel opened the door. Oh my, that was a very long lockdown.
Then God said to Noah, “come out of the ark”. At last Noah and his family ended more than a year quarantine inside the ark. They built an altar of thanks to God who promised Noah that He will never send a flood again to destroy the Earth. A rainbow appeared in the sky as a reminder of God’s promise.
Dependence on God and obedience to His instructions enabled Noah to successfully navigate his boat and keep everyone safe and secure. They could have rappelled from the roof when they saw that the earth was already dry, but still, they waited for God’s command. To be safe in this COVID 19 pandemic like Noah, let us follow and obey instructions.
References; Gen.8:4, Gen.8:15. PP p.85, 86, ABC’s of the Bible p.30,
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.