Genesis 8:15 – And God spoke

15And God spake unto Noah, saying,

We know that Noah was 600 years old when he entered into the ark and we see in verse 13 that the waters of the flood subsided when he was 601 years old.

It has been traditionally believed that Noah was born on the first day of the first month of the Hebrew calendar (New Years day for us).

The Legends of the Jews

By Louis Ginzberg

[1909]

Volume I: From the Creation to Jacob

Chapter IV: Noah

The duration of the flood was a whole year. It began on the seventeenth day of Heshwan, and the rain continued for forty days, until the twenty-seventh of Kislew. The punishment corresponded to the crime of the sinful generation. They had led immoral lives, and begotten bastard children, whose embryonic state lasts forty days. From the twenty seventh of Kislew until the first of Siwan, a period of one hundred and fifty days, the water stood at one and the same height, fifteen ells above the earth. During that time all the wicked were destroyed, each one receiving the punishment due to him. Cain was among those that perished, and thus the death of Abel was avenged. So powerful were the waters in working havoc that the corpse of Adam was not spared in its grave.

On the first of Siwan the waters began to abate, a quarter of an ell a day, and at the end of sixty days, on the tenth day of Ab, the summits of the mountains showed themselves. But many days before, on the tenth of Tammuz, Noah had sent forth the raven, and a week later the dove, on the first of her three sallies, repeated at intervals of a week. It took from the first of Ab until the first of Tishri for the waters to subside wholly from the face of the earth. Even then the soil was so miry that the dwellers in the ark had to remain within until the twenty-seventh day of Heshwan, completing a full sun year, consisting of twelve moons and eleven days.

(The Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg, 1909)

Hebrew

English

Number

Length

Civil Equivalent

Nissan (in Hebrew)

Nissan

1

30 days

March-April

Iyar (in Hebrew)

Iyar

2

29 days

April-May

Sivan (in Hebrew)

Sivan

3

30 days

May-June

Tammuz (in Hebrew)

Tammuz

4

29 days

June-July

Av (in Hebrew)

Av

5

30 days

July-August

Elul (in Hebrew)

Elul

6

29 days

August-September

Tishri (in Hebrew)

Tishri

7

30 days

September-October

Cheshvan (in Hebrew)

Cheshvan

8

29 or 30 days

October-November

Kislev (in Hebrew)

Kislev

9

30 or 29 days

November-December

Tevet (in Hebrew)

Tevet

10

29 days

December-January

Shevat (in Hebrew)

Shevat

11

30 days

January-February

Adar I (in Hebrew)

Adar I (leap years only)

12

30 days

February-March

Adar (in Hebrew)
Adar II (in Hebrew)

Adar
(called Adar Beit in leap years)

12
(13 in leap years)

29 days

February-March

http://www.jewfaq.org/calendar.htm

Although Noah had heard the voice of God telling him to go into the ark; there is no record of him hearing anything else from God while he is on the ark.

In fact it would be a year before Noah heard the voice of God again, while he and his family were being tossed back and forth over the surface of the water.

Noah is not alone because this has happened too many of God’s people; Moses, Elijah, Abraham, and quite possibly you and I.

God made Himself known to these men of God, given them direction, then there seems to come a period of silence, causing a dip in faith for some.

What about you?

I can tell you that I have known this same predicament, and before you yell at the computer screen, I will tell you that I am in no way the caliber of a man of God as these men.

But being followers of the Lord, we have all had a period of time where we have probably experienced this same scenario.

God makes Himself known to us, giving us direction; we are ready to go for God and we do what we know we are supposed to do. Our devotions are wondrous, our studies are exciting, and our speech is seasoned by the voice  and direction of the Lord.

A year later, we are bobbing around on troubled water, praying for help or direction, and not hearing the voice of God.

We all want God to speak more regularly, more clearly, with direction and intention, yet, sometimes He doesn’t.

He seems silent when we really need Him.  He seems uncaring, callous, or too busy to help us or speak to us.

Why?

God reveals Himself to Elijah

1Kings 19:1-18

Elijah was on a roll in his ministry, he had known and seen the power of God (1Kings 17-18)

He must have been ready to storm the gates of hell with bursts of water

What happened?

Past success does not guarantee present peace

19:1-2

The report Ahab told Jezebel did not cause her to repent or turn from Baalto God. It merely led to personal embarrassment. Her response was to issue a death warrant for Elijah

19:3-4

Elijah understood Jezebel’s intentions and he ran for his life when he saw her response.

He had expected things to change drastically

But they had not

He then realized that the Lord’s victory on Mt. Carmel would not necessarily bring an end to the paganism that held the land captive

So he ran for his life

“Some versions of the Bible read “”He was afraid”””

Elijah was not a man of fear because he had known the power of the living God

What he could have faced was a profound disappointment

Nothing had changed in his eyes

He had seen all those miracles

“Yet the people, despite seeing these miracles, would soon forget and revert back to their evil ways                                                                                      If he were afraid it would have been a result in a lapse of faith from such strong disappointment

Elijah had not realized that God’s timing would happen no matter what

“(4) He is saying “”It is enough! I’ve had enough! Take my life, I am no good!”””

“He was done, finished, he had given up”

“””God has failed in using me. I am no good. Kill me now.”””

He wished for death, not from Jezebel but from God so he ran for his life from the disappointment he felt

Elijah was depressed

He had seen all the spectacular things God had done yet now he felt that he was alone in his service to God

(10) Elijah had a passion from God that made him stand against the idolatry he saw all around him

In his depression he felt that he alone was left the only person faithful to God and when he was killed, there would be no one left to serve God”

We are not alone in weakness and despair

If we are in Christ

John 16:7

You are alone without Christ

Why didn’t God fill the barrel completely for Elijah and the widow?

1 Kings 17:8-16

Because we are a stubborn people

He didn’t want them to depend on the barrel of oil and flour

He wanted them to depend on Him

Elijah had come to a very bad place

He was depressed and disappointed in God

He wanted to die

He was as far away from God as anyone could be

“Yet God did not tell him “”Snap out of it”” “”Stop crying”” “”Get over it”””

(5-8)

God fed him and provided for his needs first

He didn’t ask him what his problem was

He was providing for Elijah’s journey

“Even if Elijah had lost faith, God did not”

2 Timothy 2:11-13

(9-10)

What are you doing here?

Elijah went on the strength of the food God gave him for 40 days and nights

He had come as far as the mountain of God

Mt. Horeb – referring to Mt. Sinai and he lodges in a cave on the mountain

Now God has come to visit him

“He asks Elijah, “”What are you doing here?”””

“””What brought you here?”””

“””How did you come from where you were to where you are now?”””

(11-12)

God tells Elijah to go outside the cave and stand before Him

Then the Lord passed by

1) A tempest

The Lord was not in the tempest

2) An earthquake

The Lord was not in the earthquake

3) A fire

The Lord was not in the fire

4) A still small voice

“God was in the still, small, voice”

It is the Spirit who decides how He will reveal Himself to us

Although each of these things mentioned could signify the presence of God

He was not in them

Elijah learned that God is not just the God of the spectacular

“At times the work of God is expressed in a still, small, voice”

“Elijah had called down fire from heaven, he had called for lightening,” and national revival

What Elijah did not see was that God was working in the lives of many people (18)

(13-18)

The Spirit expect honesty in our answers

There were still many people who were faithful to God

“7,000 had not bowed down to Baal”

The Spirit leads in truth

We must walk in that truth to receive His comfort

Did Elijah really think he was alone?

1 Kings 18:3-4 (12-13) Conversation between Elijah and Obadiah

Why does the Spirit give us comfort?

2 Corithinans 1:3-4

God had answered Elijah but not in the way that Elijah had thought He would. He was also working for Elijah behind the scenes the whole time.

We can have hope that God is doing the same in our lives.  It’s not that He doesn’t care, or He is too busy; There is a bigger issue.

Rom 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Rom 5:6  For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

James 1:3-4  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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