Can you tackle the greatest sea reptile?

Job Bible Background

07.09.2016 – Old Testament: Job 41.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 40–42 on July 9, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Man accomplishes great feats and begins to think highly of himself. However, the God of Heaven and Earth issues this challenge to anyone who thinks himself to be more than human,

“Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook,
Or snare his tongue with a line which you lower?
Can you put a reed through his nose,
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?”
(Job 41.1–2) 

Picture a dragon-like sea reptile, and see yourself trying to put a leash on it that you might lead it around like you do your pet dog. Since Job thought he knew more than God, God challenged the man to approach this aquatic dinosaur and harness him like a pet. Job then knew that he had gone out of his league to rebuke God, for Job could not even tackle one of God’s fierce creatures on the Earth.


  • Why does man often think he knows more than God?
  • Why do people rebuke God?

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