Leviathan

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Job 41

“On earth it has no equal, a creature without fear.” (v. 33)

Next God speaks of Leviathan, the sea creature par excellence. The voice from the whirlwind begins with yet another barrage of questions. “Can you, Job, draw out Leviathan with a fishhook? Can you put a rope in its nose, like some captive slave? Can you play with it like a pet bird or walk it like a pet dog? Can you harpoon it or spear it, to sell in the market?”

“Who can face Leviathan and be safe? Mighty is its strength and splendid is its frame. Armored like a warrior, who can pierce its coat of double mail or open the doors of its mouth, ringed with fearsome teeth? Its back has rows of shields so tightly sealed together that no air can pass between them. Its snorting throws out light, and from its mouth come flaming torches. Its fleshy neck is firm, its chest hard as rock. Neither sword nor spear nor javelin has any effect on it. Awesome and terrifying is the power of Leviathan, the crocodilian sea monster. On earth it has no equal.”

If Job has not yet been reminded of his humble place in the world, he is forcibly aware of it now. As smart and knowledgeable as we are, we are no match for God.

PRAYER

O God, remind us that we are humble humans from the humus, the earth.