“Then Noah built an altar to Yehovah and took of every clean beast and of every clean fowl; and offered a burnt offering upon the altar.”
The Lord had destroyed the earth and all that dwelt upon it. Forty days and forty nights of rain and the fountains of the deep were opened and flooded the land.
“The waters prevailed so exceedingly upon the earth that all the high mountain that are under heaven were covered.”
The Ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat as the waters left and returned from going and decreasing until the tenth month and in the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen.
Four months later Noah and his family were released from the Ark onto dry land that had been completely decimated by the deluge.
Where did Noah get the wood for the burnt offering?
Where did Noah and his sons get the wood to build the houses and cities since it would probably take about twenty years for trees to grow to sufficient height to then be cut down for use?
Where did they get the wood for the fire to cook their food since God told them to eat meat? Where did they get the wood for the fires to keep warm since the firmament that was above the earth was now gone?
Well it could be said that they used the dead wood from the flood but they were on the top of the mountain and the waters would have carried the wood into the valleys. Also that wood was about a six to eight months in water so it would have been water logged and take a long time to dry out.
Noah came forth out of the Ark and immediately built an altar and burnt the wood from the Ark!
Man thinks they have found the Ark or that they have seen it from outer space, I don’t think so!!!!! I think Noah and the subsequent generations used that gopher wood to survive and rebuild the habitations of this world.
God provided for them the necessary materials to accomplish what He had designed and in doing so destroyed the Ark which would have no doubt become an idol that Adam would worship. After all it was the last vestige of the old world and a reminder of better days (as Adam thinks).
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
August 4, 2013