Conquering Leviathan

Job 41:1-8  – ESV
     “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook
        or press down his tongue with a cord?
    [2] Can you put a rope in his nose
        or pierce his jaw with a hook?
    [3] Will he make many pleas to you?
        Will he speak to you soft words?
    [4] Will he make a covenant with you
        to take him for your servant forever?
    [5] Will you play with him as with a bird,
        or will you put him on a leash for your girls?
    [6] Will traders bargain over him?
        Will they divide him up among the merchants?
    [7] Can you fill his skin with harpoons
        or his head with fishing spears?
    [8] Lay your hands on him;
        remember the battle—you will not do it again!

    Now then, Job fell silent before this question.  How to fight the sea monster Leviathan, and how it is hinted can anyone fight the entangling power of evil in the world?  Job can not overcome his own portion of evil.  Is he then going to capture Leviathan with a fish hook?  Will he spear him with harpoons?

   Leviathan was taken on by another Champion.  Not with harpoon.  Not by denying the existence of entangling evil in the world.  The war on Leviathan was begun in a feed trough in Bethlehem.  Power was confronted with weakness.  And Power sought to consume the Child in the form of Herod’s atrocity and in the form of Roman injustice.  but the Child, if we believe the Gospel story, has won.

This is not something you will find among the Christmas cards you receive this year, but it is part of the story.



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