The Ark Wasn’t Noah’s Eternal Home
5 And the waters were going and going down
until the tenth month. In the tenth
month, on the first of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.6 And it was, at the end of forty days, Noah opened
the window of the ark that he made, 7 and he sent a raven, and it
went out, going and coming back until the waters were dried up
from on the earth.
It appears that it was seven months from entering the ark to the time that Noah and crew, the animals, too, could see the tops of the mountains. The ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat… not just on Mount Ararat, as I always seemed to recall, and Noah opened a window in the ark that he made. Then, he first sent out a raven to see if the waters had dried up. This bird apparently kept going out and coming back until the waters had indeed dried up.
I find it interesting that the emphasis is on Noah opening a, or even the, window in the ark that he made. Hadn’t Noah and co even been up on deck? Were there windows in the ark to eventually let the birds out? … We don’t know …. But we do know that initially Noah sent out a raven, which kept coming and going until the waters dried up… Did the raven just not return one day? … Again, who knows? But, the waters sure took a long time to go down… seven months to see the tops of the mountains and ten months before Noah thought there actually might be dry land somewhere.
The ark wasn’t their eternal home. It was just the vessel to carry them from the world of unrighteousness to the world of new beginnings. Unlike the cross of Calvary, though, the ark could not expunge the sin nature and bring righteousness.
Father, thank you for the cross of Calvary. Thank you that You would permit Your Son to go through such agony so that I could live. But thank you also that the cross is not where He stayed. The cross was just the vehicle to bridge the brokenness of this life with an entrance into glorious perfection. Please help me to continually be entering into Your kingdom to see what You want done on earth.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 חָסֵר – chacer – “to lack/be without/decrease/cause to lack/cause to be lacking/in need of/lacking/wanting/needy/deprived/go down/make lower/subtract”
 פָּתַח – pathach- Strongs 6605 – (v) – “allow/break forth/deprive/drawn/express/free/free oneself/respond/draw out/happen/flow/loose/open/release/set free/take of/undone/unguarded/unloaded/unstopped/unvented/engrave/be engraved/carve …. Open/hear/respond/let go/loosen/draw out/happen/poured on/released/be generous/be open handed/flow [Qal] … opened/reach out/unsealed/opened/see/unsealed [Qal passive participle] to be opened/be let loose/be thrown open [Nifal] …. to free/to loosen/to open/open oneself/to engrave/carve/unfasten/unstring/take off/break up [Piel] … to be engraved [Pual] …. To be engraved [Pual participle] …to loose oneself/to carve/engrave [Hitpael]”
 יָבֵשׁ – yabesh – Strongs 3001 – (v) – “to make dry/wither/be dry/become dry/be dried up/be withered/be without moisture/paralyzed/be gone”