Now onto today’s passage. Today’s passage is Job 41:1-34. Let’s go!
Job 41:10 (NIV) 10 No one is fierce enough to rouse him. Who then is able to stand against me?
On verses 1-34: For one whole chapter, God talks about the leviathan. What is the leviathan and why is God talking about it?
The leviathan is described as a powerful marine animal that is violent, not easily captured or tamed, armed with fearsome teeth (v14), and who is impervious to attacks with various premodern combat weapons (v26). In the past scholars surmised that perhaps the leviathan was a sea monster, a whale, or a marine dinosaur. Today, many scholars believe that the leviathan is a giant crocodile, since “the crocodile fits God’s description of the leviathan’s back (v13, 15-17, 23), teeth (v14), chest and undersides (v24, 30) and its churning of the waters (v31-32)” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary). If the leviathan is a giant crocodile, then the references to it being fire-breathing (v19-21) might be an exaggeration for effect.
Another theory is that behemoth and leviathan in Job are the beasts described in the book of Revelation who wreak havoc on mankind, who are controlled by Satan, who represent great evil and yet who are ultimately conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ. If behemoth and leviathan are symbolic of great evil, then one lesson we can learn here is that even though Satan is powerful, we belong to One who is far more powerful than Satan, who has authority over Satan, and who procures our ultimate victory over Satan. Our champion’s name is Jesus. Just as God would ultimately deliver Job from Satan’s attacks and bless Job even more than before, those who trust in the Lord may go through great attacks, but through Jesus Christ we will have ultimate victory and experience even greater blessing.
Whether the leviathan is an actual animal, a symbol of evil, or both, the lesson is the same: as powerful as leviathan is, God is even more powerful. As God Himself says to Job in verse 10, “No one is fierce enough to rouse him [that is, the leviathan]. Who then is able to stand against me?” It’s as if God is saying in verse 10, “Job, if you’re no match for Leviathan, don’t even think about coming up against me.”
What can we learn from this?
1.If there are certain creatures that we are no match for in this world, who are we to think that we are any match for God, who is far more powerful and who created them.
2.As powerful as Satan is, Jesus is far more powerful.
Heavenly Father, I worship You today as the One whose power no one could ever match. I’m so glad and thankful that You’re with me and for me, not against me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!