Summary: A study of the book of Job 40: 1 – 24
Job 40: 1 – 24
Behemoth - The Beast Within
1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said 2 “Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it.” 3 Then Job answered the LORD and said: 4 “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. 5 Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.” 6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: 7 “Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me: 8 “Would you indeed annul My judgment? Would you condemn Me that you may be justified? 9 Have you an arm like God? Or can you thunder with a voice like His? 10 Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor, and array yourself with glory and beauty. 11 Disperse the rage of your wrath; Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him. 12 Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low; Tread down the wicked in their place. 13 Hide them in the dust together; bind their faces in hidden darkness. 14 Then I will also confess to you that your own right hand can save you. 15 “Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox. 16 See now, his strength is in his hips, and his power is in his stomach muscles. 17 He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. 18 His bones are like beams of bronze, his ribs like bars of iron. 19 He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword. 20 Surely the mountains yield food for him, and all the beasts of the field play there. 21 He lies under the lotus trees, in a covert of reeds and marsh. 22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade; The willows by the brook surround him. 23 Indeed the river may rage, yet he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth, 24 though he takes it in his eyes, or one pierces his nose with a snare.
We are going to take a look at some significant things which have us believers looking stupid to those in the world around us. We have a lot of theologians contend back and forth about two creations revealed by our Holy and Majestic God specifically in chapters 40 and 41. These two are Behemoth and Leviathan.
I for one strongly believe that this should not be happening. Our Great God Is not the author of confusion. Our Precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said this to us who believe in Him, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.[John 15:15]. So ask yourself should our Master Who has just said how He has made known to us through the Word of God The Father’s truth give us some mysteries that we cannot figure out?
So far I have found three possible explanations as to the exact identity of the biblical creatures known as behemoth and leviathan:
(1) They are unreal, mythological monsters
(2) They are real animals that exist somewhere in the world today
(3) They are some kind of real, yet extinct creature.
Well let me say right from the start of this study that I believe that these two beasts are not any of the three listed possibilities. I will not give you my answer right now for I want you to digest my reasoning from the Word of God
So, let’s get right to His Holy Word.
All through our study of this book we have learned how the righteous man Job has been crying out of his pain, his bewilderment, and his tortured heart for a chance to talk in person with God. He wanted some answers. I have dealt with a lot of people that have some significant medical issues. In many cases the doctors cannot come up with any findings. I think you would agree with me that even though we get a scary report we still can handle this better than not knowing at all the reason for all the pain.
Being in intense physical and emotional pain Job viewed the situation that in the long run God in His action or non-deliverance was unfair with him. He was a man who always tried to be obedient to God, yet God had abandoned him to all this disaster.