It’s kind of a strange way to finish an argument . . . not how you’d expect God to finish putting Job in his place. I’d expect God to perhaps wax eloquent on theology . . . instead God gives Job a lesson in zoology. Not what I’d expect. But then again, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways . . . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts,” declares the LORD (Isa. 55:8-9). And maybe that’s just the whole point God is trying to make as he presents to Job, Leviathan.
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord? Can you put a rope in his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? Will he make many pleas to you? Will he speak to you soft words? . . . Can you fill his skin with harpoons or his head with fishing spears? Lay your hands on him; remember the battle–you will not do it again! Behold, the hope of a man is false; he is laid low even at the sight of him. No one is so fierce that he dares to stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before Me?” ~ The LORD to Job (Job 41:1-3, 7-10 ESV)
Rather than try and explain Himself to Job, God draws Job’s attention to His creation. The creation, for those who have eyes to see, declaring the power, the majesty, and the awesome nature of our God. Take time to reflect on the created world around you and then ask yourself, “Who dares to find fault with God . . . who is so arrogant as to argue with the Almighty?”
Not exactly sure what Leviathan was . . . sounds like some mega-alligator type of creature to me. But whatever it was, you didn’t want to tangle with it. Go one on one with this baby and you’re the one coming out worse for wear . . . if you walk away at all. Do it once, says the LORD, and you won’t do it twice.
But the spirit of this age has tamed Leviathan. We split atoms and talk of going to Mars. If we don’t fully understand something, we’re convinced it’s only a matter of time before we do. If we haven’t mastered something, we believe that, one day, we will. The ruler of this age having blinded the eyes of men and women to the glory that radiates through creation.
And so, it’s not just enough to behold Leviathan, we need a bit of intervention of the divine kind. We need some divine commentary.
That’s the Spirit of grace . . . the Spirit who opens the eyes of the blind . . . the Spirit who reveals the things of God . . . the Spirit who, like the voice from heaven addressing Job, speaks into our hearts and says, “Have a look, again . . . and see for the first time.”
Job, undoubtedly was familiar with Leviathan . . . knew it was a creature not to be messed with. But, add some divine commentary to a consideration of Leviathan, and his consideration of an earthly, not to be messed with creature turns his eyes to see the heavenly, not to be argued with Almighty. And such divine commentary is an act of amazing grace . . . “was blind, but now I see.”
Such “schooling” was needed to avert Job’s eyes from himself to His God. The Spirit’s illumination is needed to give those blinded by their sin new sight to see a Savior. And, for those of us who, in the past, have heard His voice and responded by faith, sometimes we need a fresh look at the creation around us to regain that awe of the Almighty who lives within us.
God, open my eyes to the wonder of the creation around me . . . and my ears to the voice of Your Spirit and His divine commentary within me.
By Your grace . . . for Your glory.