• Kemi Kodja

Bible Study: Genesis 7 + 8

Genesis 7 and 8 continue with the story of Noah and I think too often when we hear about Noah's story, the main focus is on the ark and God telling Him to build it. Through my studies of his story however, I'm discovering that there was more to Noah than just the ark. His character was admirable and is something we should aspire to exemplify. His obedience to God's commands and his patience as God's work unfolds are also admirable traits of Noah that we can work on applying to our day-day lives.



Genesis 7:1 "The Lord then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation."

Notes and Reflections:

  • One thing I found interesting is that it talks about Noah being righteous but not his whole family. This might be implied but it's not overly stated and I found it interesting that through him, they were saved. This made me think - If God were to come tomorrow would me and my family be saved?

Day-Day Life Application:

  • This verse made me self-reflect about how often-if at all- do I talk about God with my family and I wanna make sure I do more often.


Genesis 7:5 "And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Noah's obedience to God through this process is admirable. He did everything as he was instructed to.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • I will make sure to be obedient to God when He directs my steps.


Genesis 7:4 "Seven days from now, I will send rain on earth for forty days and forty nights."
Genesis 7:12 "And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Prophecy and fulfillment - God said it would happen and just as He said it would, it did.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • Remember that God is a God of fulfillment. When He says something will happen, just as He said it would, it will.


Genesis 8:1 "But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded."

Notes and Reflections:

  • But God - A phrase often used to demonstrate that God is always with us and never forgets us and it's very fitting here as through all the destruction that was happening, God remembered Noah and made sure to send the wind over the earth so the water would begin to recede.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • When you have found favor in God's eyes, he will Always remember you!


Genesis 8:6-16 "After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. By the twenty seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives."

Notes and Reflections:

  • Throughout this passage, there is a waiting/transitional period through which Noah sends out birds to see if it's time for them to come out of the ark. And even after he sees that it's safe to come out of the ark, he waits for God's direction to come out. This again is an example of Noah's obedience to God's command and his patience as God's work unfolds.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • Through each season of our lives, there will be waiting/transitional periods and we have to be patient as it all unfolds and wait on God's direction before we make the next step.


Genesis 8:21 "The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done."

Notes and Reflections:

  • The first part that stood out to me was the fact that it said that the inclination of our hearts is evil from childhood.

  • God's promise that he will never destroy all living things again stood out to me as well. And as we learned earlier, He fulfills every single one of His promises.

Day-Day Life Application:

  • Remember that the evil inclinations of your heart started from childhood, so as you work on changing the state of your heart to a heart that God desires, realize that it's not going to be easy because you're unlearning behaviors/thoughts patterns that were embedded in you from childhood.

  • Remember God's promises and hold onto them.


Have you read these chapters too? What stood out to you from your study?


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