A FIVE STAR CHAPTER
Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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What should I learn from this chapter?
- God is calling Satan a “Leviathan”; a monster living in a sea of people.
- The verses about Leviathan are literal, symbolic, and prophetic.
- God has created the evil as well as the good.
- God’s power is indisputable.
God’s Power in the Leviathan
Job 41:1 “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook,
► Throughout scripture Satan is described as a serpent, a dragon, a sea monster, Leviathan, and a Beast. In each and every case, Satan is a reptile.
- Revelation 12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
- Isaiah 27:1 [Israel Will Be Restored] In that day (the return of Jesus to set up His kingdom on earth) the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea (of people).
The great fish which swallowed Jonah was a reptilian sea monster. Jesus referred to Jonah when he says he will spend three days and three nights in the belly of this sea monster, in death.
- God has a plan to “hook” the reptilian sea monster and pull him out of the sea of people.
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
- God has a special “lure” for Satan.
Job 41:2 Can you put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a hook (thorn)?
- A “reed” in Hebrew literally means “a spear-man”.
- God is going to domesticate Satan. Satan’s power will be removed by Jesus. Ironically, Satan’s power is removed by a thorn: the role of a crown of thorns.
- Another definition for Leviathan is the word “wreath” for its coiling and twisting. Jesus’ wreath was His crown of thorns. It was as though the serpent had coiled itself around Jesus’ head and buried his fangs into his scalp unleashing all of his poisonous venom at the crucifixion.
Job 41:3 Will he make many supplications to you?
Will he speak softly to you?
Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant (promise or oath) with you?
Will you take him as a servant forever?
Job 41:5 Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you leash him for your maidens?
- A bird is the most gentle among creatures. Satan is but a bird in God’s hands. He is like a pet around women compared to God’s power.
- He is not only tamed, but mocked.
Job 41:6 Will your companions make a banquet of him (Or bargain over him)?
Will they apportion him among the merchants? (Those who will want to eat his flesh)
- It appears the Antichrist, after being indwelt by Satan, at the return of Jesus, will be captured and handed over to the Jewish court for his crimes and his execution. In modern terms we would say “they will eat him alive.”
Job 41:7 Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
Job 41:8 Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle—
Never do it again!
- Even Michael the Archangel could not battle Satan saying “The LORD rebuke you!”
- Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Job 41:9 Indeed, any hope of overcoming him is false;
Shall one not be overwhelmed at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up.
Who then is able to stand against Me?
- If one cannot possibly stand against Satan, how much more can they not stand against God?
Job 41:11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him?
- Whom indeed! Who has preceded the eternal, everlasting God that God should owe them anything?
Everything under heaven is Mine.
- See Genesis chapter one.
Job 41:12 “I will not conceal (Lit. keep silent about) his limbs,
His mighty power, or his graceful proportions.
Job 41:13 Who can remove his outer coat (Lit. take off the face of his garment)?
Who can approach him with a double bridle?
Job 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face,
With his terrible teeth all around?
- This Sea Monster is the same monster as the Beast in Daniel 7:19 “exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze”, the same Sea Monster which swallowed Jonah in Jonah 1:17, also the Sea Monster in Malachi 1, Isaiah 27:1, Ezekiel 32:2, Isaiah 51:9, Isaiah 30:7, and Psalm 87:4. He is never more monstrous than when he, the serpent, coils himself around Jesus’ head into a crown of thorns and buries his fangs and eject his venomous poison into Jesus at His crucifixion. (The second meaning for Leviathan, after Sea Monster, is “wreath”). This monster will again rage when he indwells the Antichrist during the seven year tribulation.
- Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
- Mark 13:19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.
Job 41:15 His rows of scales (Lit. shields) are his pride,
Shut up tightly as with a seal;
- A shield is literally a hedge of thorns
- “As with a seal”: ie “the Mark of the Beast”
Job 41:16 One is so near another
That no air can come between them;
- Air, or breath, is symbolic of life and the Holy Spirit.
Job 41:17 They are joined one to another,
They stick together and cannot be parted.
Job 41:18 His sneezings flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
- Lucifer means the Star of the Dawn.
Job 41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lights (as “Lucifer”);
Sparks of fire shoot out.
Job 41:20 Smoke goes out of his nostrils,
As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
- See Ezekiel’s boiling pot Ezekiel 24:5
- See Isaiah 21 (inquire literally means to boil)
Job 41:21 His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes out of his mouth.
Job 41:22 Strength dwells in his neck,
And sorrow (despair) dances before him.
- Leviathan means “to mourn”.
Job 41:23 The folds (scales) of his flesh are joined together;
They are firm on him and cannot be moved.
- His scales are like the potshards of men.
Job 41:24 His heart is as hard as stone,
Even as hard as the lower millstone.
- Satan’s heart is as hard as stone, and even harder. He has no empathy or sympathy. “Feelings” for others has no place in him
Job 41:25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid;
Because of his crashings they are beside themselves (Or purify themselves).
Job 41:26 Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail;
Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.
Job 41:27 He regards iron as straw,
And bronze as rotten wood.
Job 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones become like stubble to him.
- The slingstone was as simple as stubble to David but to Goliath, it was his demise.
Job 41:29 Darts are regarded as straw;
He laughs at the threat of javelins.
Job 41:30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds;
He spreads pointed marks in the mire.
- Isaiah 45:9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!
Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth!
Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?
- Adam was made from clay. Each man is like a potsherd. Men have no say on how God makes him. However, each man is part of God’s plan and therefore has a reason for being made the way he is.
- A Broken Potsherd is like a broken man.
- Since the above is true, don’t bother striving with God. If you must strive, strive with all the other potsherds of the earth.
- The potsherds make war, breaking apart each other leaving a potter’s field of broken pottery.
- Mire is clay. Man (Adam) was made of clay. Edom especially focuses on the redness of the clay.
- Genesis 25:25 And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau (Edom).
SORT THIS OUT! Iron also is red.
- Iron has the property of reflecting red light and because there is so much iron in our blood, blood looks red. When hemoglobin is carrying a lot of oxygen (like when just leaving the lungs), blood is bright red. When most of the oxygen has been released to the body, blood is dark red.
- One could speculate that the miry clay in the last days are the descendants of Esau which are Arabs and the Amalakites. (Amalek was a grandson of Esau), and that Iron is the last remnant of the Roman empire.
- Note: The last kingdom on earth prior to Jesus’ return is the kingdom of the Antichrist.
- On Nebuchadnezzar’s statue the last kingdom, the kingdom of iron and clay, will not adhere to each other. Dan 2:42
- The Antichrist attempts to represent both the iron and the clay, bringing them together in a seven year peace treaty.
Job 41:31 He makes the deep boil like a pot;
- Satan causes the sea of people to boil, fret, and stew. Esau’s red “stew” nāzîḏ (pottage) is rooted in the meaning of “boil” “seethe” “pride” H2102 – zûḏ. Esau’s pride caused him to despise his birthright (salvation).
Job 41:31 He makes the sea (of people) like a pot of ointment.
- Boiling, stewing, worrying, warring.
Job 41:32 He leaves a shining wake behind him;
One would think the deep had white hair.
- A wake is an after shock of consequences, the wake in the water.
Job 41:33 On earth there is nothing like him,
Which is made without fear.
Job 41:34 He beholds every high thing;
He is king over all the children of pride.”
- Isaiah 14:13 For you (Satan) have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
- Satan is the king over ALL the children of pride.
- Psalm 10:4 The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.
- Psalm 94:2 Rise up, O Judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud.
- Proverbs 16:5a Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
- Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the Lord of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up— And it shall be brought low—
- Note: The day of the Lord is His return.
- 1 Peter 5:5 [Submit to God, Resist the Devil] Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Psalm 74:12 For God is my King from of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13 You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads (nations) of the sea serpent in the waters.
14 You broke the heads (nations) of Leviathan in pieces,
See: Topic The Leviathan
See: Topic Metaphors for Satan