Food after the Flood

This entry is part 348 of 374 in the series Inquiring Minds
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What did the people and animals eat after the ark touched land again? Everything would be dead.

There were probably available to the people of the ark, Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their lives, the same types of food that are available to us today. Let’s look at the biblical record on what happened as the waters of the flood receded.

The waters began to recede for 150 days before the ark came to rest on Mount Ararat (Genesis 8:3). This happened in the seventh month on the seventeenth day, and it wasn’t until the tenth month that the tops of the mountains were seen (Genesis 8:4). That’s another 75 days or so.

Forty days after that, Noah sent out a raven, and it found that the waters had receded (Genesis 8:6-7). So he sent out a dove to see if the waters had completely subsided, but the dove returned because it couldn’t find a place to touch down, so there was still water on the face of the earth (Genesis 8:8-9).

Noah waited seven more days and sent the dove out again. This time it came back with a leaf in its mouth, so he knew there was vegetation on the earth (Genesis 8:10). He waited another seven days and sent the dove again and it did not return (Genesis 8:11). It could find sustenance for itself.

If the dove did not return because it could find sustenance, then there was food for the people on the ark. In total, Noah waited 279 days before he opened the ark and everyone went out to the new world.

God commanded Noah and all of the animals and people to leave the art because there was enough food in the land for them to become fruitful and multiply again (Genesis 8:17). So what did they eat? Most likely the only thing that was available at first was the plants of the earth. They were probably vegetarians for a little while.

Got further explains that every animal that was available to them would have the fear and dread of them because they were mighty hunters and predators (Genesis 9:2-4). Humans were allowed to eat anything before them from plant to animal. The only restriction was not to eat animals with their blood still in them.

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