Summary of passage: God sends a wind to recede the waters and at the end of 150 days the ark came to a rest in the mountains of Ararat. The waters still hadn’t finished receding. In 73 more days the tops of the mountains became visible. 40 more days Noah opened a window and sent a raven to seek dry land. Then he sent a dove still with no luck.
He waited 7 more days and sent the dove out again. The dove returned with an olive leaf. Then Noah knew the water had receded. After waiting one more week he sent the dove out and it did not return.
Finally, when Noah was 601 years old, the earth had dried up. God told Noah to come out and bring every living creature so they can multiply. Noah obeyed and all exited.
11) God turned His attention back to Noah. God never forgets as this implies. During the flooded earth God was probably active in other areas and then turned back to mankind when the time was right.
12a) Around one year or perhaps a bit more. We are told Noah was 600 years old when the flood waters came (Genesis 7:6) and he’s 601 when the waters dry up. Doing the math, we are close to a year but the Bible skips some specific days (like the raven and the dove flying around).
b) God told them to come out.
13) Personal Question. My answer: Not sure. It’s been a challenging week of little things that I hope I do God’s way. That’s the prayer and desire of my heart at least.
Conclusions: Not sure how question 13 has to do with Noah floating around in the ark. It’s just thrown in there.
I like how it wasn’t the dove that many of us think of as the sign it was okay to leave the ark. It was God telling Noah (going back to yesterday’s lesson of how God helped Noah) it was okay to leave and bring the animals with him several weeks after the dove brought the olive branch back. Again, God is in control; He cares for us and Noah; He will never lead us astray.