Noah and the Dove

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    Noah had built the ark and he and his family were saved on the ark as the entire rest of the world was destroyed by water. After the rain stopped and the ark came to a rest, the following occurs:

    Genesis 8:6-12 says, “At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made [7] and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. [8] Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. [9] But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. [10] He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. [11] And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. [12] Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.”

    It is interesting how God chooses to speak to Noah here. God uses the dove. The first time the dove is sent out it comes back to the ark with no place to rest its feet. The second time it comes back with an olive branch indicating that the waters were receding some. The third time it does not come back showing that enough water had receded that the dove could survive. The dove represented hope. It was a whole new world out there that was completely pure. All sin and evil had been destroyed leaving only a righteous and pure earth for Moses and his family to live in. Yet they had been on the ark for quite some time now. Was the rain ever going to quit. Was the water ever going to abate? This dove was a sign of hope to Noah and his family. They would not remain on the ark forever. God was watching over them and preparing the future for them.