40 days of Sorrow, a walk with Job
April 19, 2019, 6:45 AM

Lent 2019 Day 39 Job Chpter 41

God asked Job, "Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?" What is a Leviathan? Leviathan is a mystical sea monster so it would seem, until God clearly describes it as a real thing. 

In Hebrew the word Leviathan means twisted one. It is first mentioned in Job 3:8, "May those curse it who curse the day, Those who are ready to arouse Leviathan." We do not get much information about Leviathan from that verse.

The word is also used in Psalm 74:14, "You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces, And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness." It appears to have multiple heads. 

It is again used in Psalm 104:26, "There the ships sail about; There is that Leviathan Which You have made to play there." This is were we see that it is a creature from the sea. We also take note, that God was the one who made it. 

The most descriptive use for the Leviathan is Isaiah 27:1, "In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea." From this verse, everything seems more clear. The Leviathan is another name for Satan. 

Listen to how God describes Him to Job, 15-21, "His rows of scales are his pride, Shut up tightly as with a seal; One is so near another That no air can come between them; They are joined one to another, They stick together and cannot be parted. His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth." This description makes it sound like the Leviathan is a fire beathing dragon. 

Reveleation 12:9, "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

I think we can learn a great deal from Job chapter 41 if we read Leviathan as Satan. First off, Satan is not some mystical creature, he is real. Secondly, the whole chapter God describes the Leviathan as something that Job can not defeat. Satan is so powerful that we stand no chance against him. Finally, The Leviathan is no match for his creator. Verse 10-11, "No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me? Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.

On this Good Friday, The Leviathan/Satan is about to get his head crushed under the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But we are also looking toward the day when Jesus will return and punish that fleeing serpent with his severe, great and strong sword. 

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