Summary: This is a study into Job chapter fourty one.
This entire chapter is about the Leviathan.
Job 41 could be outlined:
God Questions Job Concerning Leviathan (Job 41:1-9)
God Compares Himself to the Leviathan (Job 41:10-12)
The Might Of The Leviathan (Job 41:13-34)
1 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower? 2 Can you put a reed through his nose, Or pierce his jaw with a hook? 3 Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you? 4 Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever? 5 Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens? 6 Will your companions make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants? 7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears? 8 Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle-- Never do it again! 9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false; Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him? Job 41:1-9 (NKJV)
GOD QUESTIONS JOB CONCERNING LEVIATHAN
This is the last time that God will speak in the book of Job. The subject of this chapter is the Leviathan. The word Leviathan is used six times in the Bible. It is used twice in Job – once here and it was also used in Job 3:8. It was also used twice in the Psalms – Psalm 74:14 and Psalm 104:26. It is also found twice in Isaiah 27:1. No one knows for sure what the Leviathan is. What we do know it that it was a large, fierce creature that lived in the sea. Some have suggested – a crocodile, a dragon, a large sea monster, a whale, a serpent, and an extinct dinosaur.
Here again He questions Job – this time about the Leviathan:
1. Job can you bait a hook and get the attention of the Leviathan?
2. Job can you snare his tongue with the line you lower?
3. Job can you put a reed through the nose of the Leviathan?
4. Job can you pierce the jaw of the Leviathan with your hook?
5. Job will the Leviathan whisper sweet nothings in your ear?
6. Job will he whisper purr for you and speak to you softly?
7. Job will the Leviathan made a pact – an agreement with you?
8. Job will you make him a permanent servant of your household?
9. Job will you play with him as you would a parrot?
10. Job will you put a leash around its neck and give it to a girl to play with?
11. Job will you sit next to him at the dinner table?
12. Job will you take to the market – put him on display and sell him?
13. Job can you fill his hide with harpoons?
14. Job can you pierce his skull with a fishing spear?
15. Job can you even lay your hand on his head – he would bite it off?
16. Job don’t you know – anyone who looks at him is overwhelmed?
17. Job don’t you know that any hope you have of taming him is false?
Job is told that he can no more tame the Leviathan than he can tame God. In C. S. Lewis’ book “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe” is a character that represents Christ. His name is Aslan. He is a lion – a fierce lion. He is not a tame lion. He can devour a person in a second. So too is our God – our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will bow His knee to no man – in fact just the opposite is true:
“God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 (NKJV)
10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up. Who then is able to stand against Me? 11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.
12 "I will not conceal his limbs, His mighty power, or his graceful proportions. Job 41:10-12 (NKJV)
GOD COMPARES HIMSELF TO THE LEVIATHAN
In verse ten God tells Job, “Is there anyone who will dare to wake up the Leviathan from his nap? Is anyone that brave? Don’t you know that I am greater than the Leviathan? Don’t you know that I am more powerful than he?”
He who is the creator is always greater than the created.