Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Monster is Loose

O. T. 1159 "A Monster is Loose"
Feb. 28, 2018
Job 41


With all the killings in our country, it is evident that an evil monster is loose. His name is Satan. Did Job know about him? God reveals the truth of Job's situation by describing this monster.

What is a leviathan? No one is for sure exactly what kind of animal it was. Suggestions include:
a sea monster, an ancient dinosaur, a giant crocodile, killer whale, or a great white shark. Whatever it was, the leviathan was an ultimate killer beast that was created by God. Being a mighty beast that could overwhelm men, but was no match for God.

In verse 4 we read another question God asks Job-Will he make a covenant with you so that you can take him as a slave forever?
In other words, is Job able to control it? Both God and Job knew the answer was no.

In The Jeremiah Study Bible, Brother David has this to help us better understand this chapter:
Leviathan points to Satan, the paragon of evil, whom Yahweh has in control and one day will destroy. (Isaiah 27:1, Revelation 20:1-3)

This makes sense to me. Look at the descriptions of this monster: mighty power, thick skinned, spits fire, proud, strong neck, sorrow dances around him, a stone heart, might men fear him, can't be destroyed by sharp weapons, is king over all the children of pride.

Carnal weapons have no power in a spiritual war against the devil, his cunning schemes, and fierce attacks. Billy Graham said our greatest hinderance  to Satan's destructive efforts is our standing strong in the knowledge and fear of the Lord. The greatest roadblock to Satan's work is the Christian who, above else, lives for God, walks with integrity, is filled with the Spirit, and is obedient to God's truth.

 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.  1 Peter 5: 8-9

It was Satan, many chapters earlier, who asked to sift Job. Is God telling Job the answer to his "why's?"

Will we take the warning?


Although Satan is labeled "the ruler of this world," his rule will eventually end. His fate was sealed at the cross and by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus will imprison him in the pit. He will set right all that the enemy has perverted and destroyed. Poof. One day this dragon will be destroyed.

Will we be found a faithful servant of Jesus when our life is over?


Job remained faithful, yet was humbled when God spoke to him. Will we?
Will we accept good and bad from Him? Realize that God is more powerful than Satan.
Our God is the Lion of Judea. No one can stop Him. Will we bow before Him? Is He fighting our battles or are we?

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