Coachlight Bible Study – Genesis Lesson XXII

A Sweet Savour

Some geologists have been denying that there was a Flood during the time of Noah as Peter prophesied (II Peter 3:3-7) 2000 years ago.  Whether or not these evolutionary scientists are willing to admit it, not only did the Flood occur, but the inspired Word teaches us that it was a world-wide flood which is neither a local flood, nor a tranquil flood.  A “world-wide tranquil flood” is a contradiction, something like saying a “tranquil explosion!  The ability of moving water to erode and transfer big quantities of sediment and great boulders is well known to anyone that has been near a river during a storm.

But with this lesson, we will be more concerned about what occurred after Noah and his family left the ark, and its implications to us today.


Genesis 8:1 And God remembered [02142] Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind [07307] to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;


I. The Flood Had Prevailed For 150 Days

A. It Utterly Destroyed The World That Then Was – II Peter 3:6

B. Left Millions of Remains of Dead Organisms

1. Buried In The Sediments – Hence The Fossils We See Today

2. Floating on the Water

3. God Began To Make The Flood Recede

II. God Remembered Noah

A. Had God Forgot About Noah? – No

B. The Same Verb Is Used In Other Parts of The Bible

1. In Reference To Samson – Judges 16:28

2. Hannah – I Samuel 1:11

3. Abraham (In reference to Lot) – Genesis 19:29

4. Israel – Exodus 2:24

5. The Repentant Thief – Luke 23:42

C. A Hebraism Meaning, “To Begin To Act Again  On Their Behalf”


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remember 172, mention 21, remembrance 10, recorder 9, mindful 6, think 3, bring to remembrance 2, record 2, misc 8; 233

III. God Made A Wind

A. Remember in Genesis 1:2 As “the Spirit of the Lord Moved”

B. Ruwach is the same word translated “Spirit” in 1:2, and “wind” in 8:1

07307 xwr ruwach roo’-akh  - from 07306; TWOT-2131a; n f

Spirit or spirit 232, wind 92, breath 27, side 6, mind 5, blast 4, vain 2, air 1, anger 1, cool 1, courage 1, misc 6; 378


C. The Correct Interpretation is: “After making the waters recede, The Spirit of God again began to act on their behalf”

D. There Was A Drastic Rearrangement Of Earth Topography

1. Continental Land Masses Raising From The Waters

2. Ocean Basins Deepening And Widening To Get Water Off The Land


Psalm 104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

Psalm 104:7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

Psalm 104:8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. {They go up…: or, The mountains ascend, the valleys descend}

Psalm 104:9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.


Genesis 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;

Genesis 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. {continually: Heb. in going and returning}

Genesis 8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.

Genesis 8:5 And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen. {decreased…: Heb. were in going and decreasing}

Genesis 8:6 And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

Genesis 8:7 And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth. {to…: Heb. in going forth and returning}

Genesis 8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;

Genesis 8:9  But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. {pulled…: Heb. caused her to come}

Genesis 8:10 And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;

Genesis 8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

Genesis 8:12 And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.

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.

Genesis 8:14 And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.


IV. Chronology Of The Flood

A. Forty Days For Rain To Fall – Genesis 7:12

B. An Additional 110 Days The Flood Prevailed – Genesis 7:24

C. 74 Days Elapsed Before The mountain Tops Were Seen – Genesis 8:5

D. 40 Days After That, Noah Sent Out A Raven – Genesis 8:6-7

E. Another 7 Days Before The Dove Was first Sent – Genesis 8:8-10

F. Additional 7 Days For The Dove To Be Sent The 2nd Time – Genesis 8:10

G. Plus 7 Days For The Dove’s 3rd mission – Genesis 8:12

H. Another 29 Days Occurred Before Genesis 8:13

I. Another 57 Days Between The Removing of the Cover And Verse 14

J. Total Of 371 Days – More Than One Year


Genesis 8:15 And God spake unto Noah, saying,

Genesis 8:16 Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

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.

Genesis 8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him:

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. {kinds: Heb. families}


V. Noah, His Family, And The Animals All Left The Ark

A. You Would Think That After A Year At Sea In The Ark That Noah Would:

1. Bend Down

2. And Kiss The Earth

B. But Noah Walked With God – Genesis 6:9


Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. {perfect: or, upright}


Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.


VI. Noah Builded An Altar


Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. {a sweet…: Heb. a savour of rest or, satisfaction} {for the imagination: or, through the imagination}

Genesis 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. {While…: Heb. As yet all the days of the earth}


VII. Noah Builded An Altar


VIII. How Can We Allow The Lord To Smell A Sweet Savour?


Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [3339] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


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transfigure 2, transform 1, change 1; 4

1) to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure

1a) Christ appearance was changed and was resplendent with divine brightness on the mount of transfiguration


A. God Smells A Sweet Savor When We Have Transformed Minds

B. The 20 Characteristics Of The Transformed Mind

1. One Not Thinking Too Highly Of Ourselves – Romans 12:3

2. One Exercising His Gifts With Love – Romans 12:4-9

3. One Exercising Brotherly Love – Romans 12:10

4.  One Not Slothful In Busness – Romans 12:11

5. One Fervent In Spirit In Business - Serving The Lord – Romans 12:12

6. Rejoicing In Hope – Romans 12:12

7. Patient In Tribulation – Romans 12:12

8. Continuing Instant In Prayer

9. Giving To The Necessity Of The Saints – Romans 12:13

10. Blessing Them That Persecute You – Romans 12:14

11. Not Cursing – Romans 12:14

12. Rejoice With Them That Rejoice – Romans 12:15

13. Weep With Them That Weep – Romans 12:15

13. Treats All As Equals – Romans 12:16

14. Not Being Wise In His Own Conceits – Romans 12:16

15. Not Recompensing Evil For Evil – Romans 12:17

16. As Much As Possible Lives Peacably With All Men – Romans 12:18

17. Doesn’t Avenge Himself (Knows God Takes Vengeance)– Romans 12:19

18. Gives To His Enemy what He Needs – Romans 12:20

19. Is Not Overcome With Evil – Romans 12:21

20. Overcomes Evil With Good – Romans 12:21