In Genesis chapter eight, the flood subsides, and God gives mankind a new start. Noah, his family and all the animals exit from the ark. Noah builds an altar to the Lord. Noah rightly worshipped God as the means of their deliverance. God promises to never curse the ground again even though intent in man’s heart is evil even from man’s youth. God also promises to sustain the earth as a refuge for humanity so long as the earth remains. The flood account demonstrates God’s justice, but also his grace. It also shows the impact one man’s simple obedience can have on human history.
The rain stopped, and the underground waters were closed. God caused a wind to dry up the flood waters. The ark came to rest on the mountain tops of Ararat. Soon the tops of the mountains were visible. Specific dates are recorded, emphasizing that this is a historical record of an actual event.
Noah sent out a raven to see if the water had dried yet. It did not return, so Noah sent out a dove three times to test the status of the earth. Finally, a dove returned with an olive leaf, so Noah knew the waters had abated.
The flood waters had completely dried up. But Noah waited until God said to leave the ark before they left. God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply on the earth.
Noah, his family, and all the animals left the ark. Noah built the first altar and offered sacrifices to the Lord. God was pleased with Noah and his sacrifices, and promises to never curse the ground again or destroy every living thing like He had done in this case.