Daily Reading: Genesis 6, 7, 8; Matthew 3
The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. (Genesis 8:11, NASB95)
This is a momentous occasion because it signals new life and new beginning.
- The water covered the face of the earth just like the beginning of creation when darkness was over the surface of the deep (Gen. 1:2; 6:9).
- Similarly, the Spirit of God moved over the surface of the waters, and the dove flew over the surface of the waters.
The date would be exactly 9 months from the time of the flood’s beginning. It began on the seventeenth day of the second month and here with the new hope of new creation on the seventeenth day of the eleventh month (1st day of the 10th month + 40 days + seven days). Why nine months? Perhaps because it is 3 cubed (or 30x3x3 days=270 days). This is a time of holiness (e.g., the holy of Holies, the new temple of Ezekiel, and the new Jerusalem). Even God’s judgment on the earth is one that is ordered and set apart by God. His wrath is perfect and not out of control. When Israel is punished, it, too, is one of set times.
- Because of her unbelief, Israel wonders for 40 years.
- Israel’s exile is to last 70 years (Jer. 29:11).
In Revelation as seen by the sets of seals, trumpets, and bowls (in multiples of seven), God’s wrath is always ordered as well, and not chaotic. The Spirit of God always brings new creation out of the chaos. Does it bring you confidence that God has all things under His control? Do you trust God to bring new life to your situation, even when you feel like the troubles are flooding in?