In the book of Job chapters 40 and 41 God is speaking about His immense and great power. God has accepted Job’s invitation to gain an audience with Him, but instead of answering Job’s timeless question: “Why,” He decides to explain to Job, in so many words, who He really is. Using some of the most fierce creatures as examples, Job is given a glimpse of God’s power.
(15)”Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.”
(16)”Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.”
(17)”He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.”(KJV)
God is describing a creature similar to the crocodile possibly an extinct dinosaur-like ancestor of the crocodile that He has made. He continues in verse 18,
(18)”His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.”
(19)”He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.”
(21)”He lies under the lotus plants, hiding in the protection of marshy reeds.
(23)”Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.”(KJV)
Surely, this was one of the great creatures that must have still been in existence in Job’s time. Therefore, God used a detailed explanation of the anatomy of this creature to show Job the type of power that only God wields. Job had to see a living breathing example of almost unstoppable strength to see God’s power in action.
And that is where Leviathan comes in.
Leviathan has been described by some scholars as some modern day animal like an elephant or a whale. However, I must strongly disagree, God was not describing an elephant, He was describing a ancient DRAGON. In no uncertain terms can the creature that is described in Job chapter 41 be considered to be nothing except what is known in modern times as a giant dragon.
Although the explanation of this creature goes contrary to what is given by most in modern-day science, there is still evidence that has been uncovered by some archaeologist that suggests that there were some dinosaurs still alive in ancient history with human beings.
How Does God Characterizes This Leviathan Creature?
We discover Leviathan in Job chapter 41 beginning with verse one,
(1)”Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?”
(2)”Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?”
(3)”Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?”
(4)”Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?”
(5)”Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?”
(8)”Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.”
(9)”Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?”
(10)”None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?”
(11)”Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.”
(12)”I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.”
(13)”Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?”
(14)”Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.”
(15)”His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.”
(16)”One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.”
(17)”They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.”
(18)”By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.”
(19)”Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.”
(20)”Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.”
(21)”His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.”
(22)”In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.”
(23)”The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.”
(24) “His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.”
(25)”When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.”
(26)”The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.”
(27)”He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.”
(28)”The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.”
(29)”Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.”
(30)”Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.”
(31)”He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.”
(32)”He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.”
(33)”Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.”
(34)”He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”(KJV)
If there was ever an explanation of the so-called mythical dragon, this was it. The giant Leviathan lived ferociously and moved with fury upon the face of the earth and God told (a probably terrified) Job that He played with the very dangerous Leviathan like a pet (v.5). God let Job know that if he could not have an audience with the Leviathan how could he dare to stand before Almighty God.
It was as if God were saying: ‘when you image the power of the fierce dragon-like creature called Leviathan image that is like my power but many times stronger.’ Job’s heart began to faint within him as he began to finally understand God’s power as never before. He realized that he had no business trying to order God in any way, shape, or form. And he found himself in the posture that most people should find themselves when they stand before God, helpless and completely at the mercy of Almighty God.
Now God could instruct Job to pray for forgiveness for his ignorant friends who ( in the wisdom of religious folks) suggested that Job’s suffering was due to some wicked secret sins that he committed. They, according to the Lord, were not representing Him correctly and Job would have to speak to God on their behalf or God would have destroyed his friends.
Finally, once Job saw God’s power in His creation, then in His judgment, and finally in His mercy, God decided to bless Job with double the wealth, the children, and the joy that he had before. And we should learn about God’s power from Leviathan, as well. There is no one:
- as high as God
- as strong as God
- as impenetrable as God
- or as powerful as our God Almighty, Hallelujah! A-men