Earth Dries – Noah Leaves The Ark For A New Beginning

This brings us to 261 days, so that the total time of the Flood was 371 days, extending over a year. That also conforms to the statement of Scripture that the Flood was universal.

Genesis 8:13-19 KJV

[13] And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.

[14] And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.

[15] And God spake unto Noah, saying,

[16] Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

[17] Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.

[18] And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:

[19] Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

Genesis 8:13

And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.


  • And it came to pass, in the six hundred and first year,….
  • Of Noah’s life, and so the Septuagint adds, in the first month: the first day of the month.
  • It was the first day of the year, New Year’s Day, and a joyful one it was to Noah and his family, when they saw dry ground.
  • Which they had not seen for above ten months.
  • The waters were dried up from off the earth: by the wind that continued to pass over it, and by the sun, which exhaled great quantities of it throughout the whole summer season.
  • It was from the end of the one hundred days, when the wind was first made, and the waters began to assuage to this time.
  • As well as also by their soaking into the earth, and by returning to the cavities and receptacles in it: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked.
  • Not the roof of it, at least not the whole, only a board or two.
  • Though perhaps this was a covering made of skins, that was thrown over the ark, like that which was put over the tabernacle of Moses, and was made of skins, found in Exodus 26:14 where the same word is used as here.
  • The use of this might be to hang over the window and defend it from the rain.
  • The uncovering of the ark was only putting by, or turning up this covering, that he might be able more clearly to see, out of the window, how things were.
  • And, behold, the face of the ground was dry; the ground or surface of the earth looked dry.
  • But was not so dry and hard as to bear heavy bodies, or the foot to tread on it, being soft and tender, through the water so long upon it, and had left mud and slime, not yet sufficiently hardened by the wind and sun to walk upon.
  • This brings us to 261 days, so that the total time of the Flood was 371 days, extending over a year.
  • That also conforms to the statement of Scripture that the Flood was universal; it was not just the filling of a swimming pool—it certainly was more than that!

There have been other discoveries that have revealed something concerning the Flood.

I would like to pass on to you the words of Dr. J. E. Shelley who takes the position that the Flood was universal, that it covered the entire earth:

“The most striking example of this is found in the case of the mammoths. These elephants are found buried in the frozen silt of the Tundra, Siberia, all over the length of the Continent of Asia, and in the North of Alaska and Canada.

They are found in herds on the higher ground not bogged in marshes, hundreds of thousands in number.”

He goes on to say that these elephants have been examined and found to have drowned. If they had just gotten bogged down, they would have died of starvation.

“The farther north one goes, the more there are, till the soil of the islands of the White Sea inside the Arctic circle consists largely of their bones mingled with those of sabre-tooth tiger, giant elk, cave bear, musk ox, and with trunks of trees and trees rooted in the soil.

There are now no trees in those regions, the nearest being hundreds almost thousands of miles away.

The mammoth could not eat the stunted vegetation which now grows in this region for but three months in the year, a hundred square miles of which would not keep one of them alive for a month.

The food in their stomachs is pine, hawthorn branches, etc. These mammoths were buried alive in the silt when that silt was soft. They and the silt were then suddenly frozen and have never been unfrozen.

For they show no signs of decomposition. Mammoth ivory has been sold on the London docks for more than a thousand years.

The Natural History Museum purchased a mammoth’s head and tusks from the ivory store of the London Docks. This head was absolutely fresh and was covered with its original fur.”

If you doubt the universality of the Flood, here is more than enough evidence to convince you.

Genesis 8:14

And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.


  • Probably only as much of it as would afford him a prospect of the earth around. Yet for about two months he never stirred from his appointed abode till he had received the express permission of God. We should watch the leading of Providence to direct us in every step of the journey of life.

Genesis 8:15

And God spake unto Noah, saying,


  • Whether in a dream or vision, or by an articulate voice, appearing in an human form, or by an impulse on his mind, is not certain; however, the Lord spoke so to him, that he heard him and understood him: it was, no doubt, very rejoicing to him, since he had not heard his voice for a year or more, at least that we read of; and what he said to him was as follows.

Genesis 8:16

Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.


  • They went forth in the most orderly manner – the human occupants first, then each species, after their kinds, found in Genesis 8:19, literally, according to their families, implying that there had been an increase in the ark.
  • The Jewish writers observe, that the manner of Noah and his family coming out of the ark is different from that of their going into it.
  • When they went into it, then went the men by themselves,
  • and the women by themselves,
  • and so continued apart in the ark,
  • the use of the marriage bed being forbidden them, being a time of distress.
  • But now when they came out they are coupled together, signifying that they were now free to cohabit together.

Genesis 8:17

Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.


  • Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee,….
  • There is a various reading of the word for “bring forth”; according to the margin, the sense is, order them to come forth; and according to the Scripture, if they will not, oblige them to come:
  • of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth;
  • for of each of these there were some that went with him into the ark, and continued there:
  • that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth,
  • for which end they were preserved in the ark.
  • It is said, on the earth, not in the ark, which shows that birds and beasts were likely not allowed to couple, and that they did not breed there.
  • It is a question with some, how the creatures, which were only in Asia at their coming out of the ark, could spread themselves all over the earth.
  • Particularly how they could get into islands, and especially into America.
  • To which it may be answered, that this might be done by many of them, by swimming over narrow seas, for some wild creatures will swim whole days and nights together, when they are forced to it; and by men’s carrying others in vessels to distant and different parts, on one account or another, either for profit or pleasure.
  • And especially, what is it the power and providence of God cannot do, who could not be at a loss for ways and means to replenish a world in all the parts of it He had made desolate, when it was His pleasure?
  • Most creationists think the earth entered an ice age after the flood.
  • This would make the sea level lower than it is today.
  • If the average sea level was lowered by only six hundred feet, all the major continents would be connected by land bridges.
  • Animals could easily migrate to any continent.

Genesis 8:18

And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:


  • And Noah went forth,….
  • Being obedient to the divine command, and no doubt with great pleasure in his countenance, and with a heart full of thankfulness for so great a deliverance:
  • and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:
  • in all eight persons, and no more were saved in the ark, as Peter observes, 1 Peter 3:20 and the Arabic writers say,
  • Noah and his sons built a city near the place where they came out of the ark, and called it Themanin, giving this as a reason of the name, we are eight, that is, who have escaped;
  • The earth being dried of the waters, there were then only eight people in Armenia, from whence all mankind sprung.

Genesis 8:19

Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.


  • Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth,….
  • All went out, not one was left, and they went out.
  • after their kind;
  • not in a confused disorderly manner, mixing with one another; but as they went in by pairs, male and female of every sort, so they came forth in like manner, or, according to their families.
  • By which it seems as if the creatures did breed in the ark, and had their families of young ones.
  • went forth out of the ark;
  • everyone with his mate, in order to procreate and multiply upon the earth.

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