And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month…
1. The giving in of one step of mercy maketh God's saints to wait for more.
2. God's gracious ones desire to let patience have its perfect work towards God.
3. The saint's disposition is to have experience of mercy by trying means, as well as to wait for it.
4. In the withholding of return of means may be the return of mercy. Though the dove stay, yet mercy cometh.
5. Providence promotes the comfort of saints when He seems to stop them, as in staying the clove (ver. 12).
6. As times of special mercy are recorded by God, so they should be remembered by the Church.
7. At His appointed periods God measures out mercy unto His Church.
8. The saints' patient waiting would God have recorded, as well as His performing mercies.
9. As mercies move to God's Church, so He moveth His saints to remove veils and meet them.
10. Manifestations of mercies God vouchsafeth His, as well as mercy itself.
11. Several periods of time God takes to perfect salvation to His Church.
12. After all patient waiting, in God's full time full and complete mercy and salvation is given into His Church (ver. 13).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
WEB: It happened in the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth. Noah removed the covering of the ship, and looked. He saw that the surface of the ground was dried.