Pondering Job in a Pandemic – Chapter 41

I enjoy watching nature documentaries. I especially enjoy watching nature documentaries which focus on the oceans and seas. Next to outer space, mankind has known less about what is in our oceans than what is on land – though we are still learning more about what is on land all the time.

In chapter 41, God continues to speak to Job and in doing so He describes a creature of utter fearlessness and terror to man – Leviathan. This dragon like sea creature is of enormous scale and strength. God seems to assume Job knows what He is talking about.

Many have thought this must be some kind of mythological creature. Not a creature from reality but from legend and story. Like the massive land dwelling creature, Behemoth in chapter 40, I see no reason to not see this creature as real. This creature is likely extinct today… maybe… maybe not…

I think that is one of the reasons why I enjoy nature documentaries which focus on the oceans and seas so much. They reveal how little we know. People think they are so smart and know so much and then a couple of them dive under the water or send a submersible into the depths and on almost ever venture they discover something they had no idea existed. The excitement of the narrator is always entertaining. Yet, every time, I think… God made that… He has always known it was there… He has been enjoying it all this time… That animal/creature has been bringing Him glory and we didn’t even know it existed. There would be a long list of creatures man once thought were legend and mythological for generations but then were later found to be or have been real!

God describes Leviathan in no uncertain terms. This creature is beyond the reaches of man. This creature cannot be captured, killed or tamed. Man lives in perpetual terror of this creature, and rightly so. Yet, God made Leviathan. God sustains and preserves Leviathan. God rules and reigns over Leviathan.

Absolutely nothing in all of creation is independent of God. Nothing in all of creation, not even the most fearful or powerful or largest of creatures is its own master. God is Lord of all.

Verses 10-11 nail home the point:

Who then is he who can stand before me?
Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.

Job 41:10b-11

Our God is awesome in power, wondrous in majesty, majestic in glory. He does not stand in need of anything we can offer. We are utterly and completely dependent on Him.

There is mystery (to us) in His works. Yet there is confidence and hope in His character. He does all things well. He can be trusted. He is worthy of our praise and worship. Now and forever.

Soli Deo Gloria

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