Magnificent Creatures

February 15, 2023

Humans have the ability to only vison the existing gears that surface around the world. Though there are many wonderful beings on earth that can be seen with eyes, touched with hands and felt by textures, God has created magnificent creatures with His Mysterious work within the world whom are not gazed by man’s vision and acknowledged with his capability.

Holy Bible introduced those magnificent beasts known to be Leviathan and Behemoth in scripted in “Book of Job” saying “Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook” (Job 41:1) and “Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox.” (Job 40:15)

The literal meaning of Behemoth is “beasts” (yes, it is a plural) in Hebrew. This stated only in “The Book of Job” Job 40:15. Why? My interpretation is that Behemoth is a personification for demons while Leviathan is the Satan himself. Remember, Satan is not omnipresent. So, he must work with other demons to cover more ground.

God created Behemoth first among His creative acts. Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox.” (Job 40:15) “He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.”  (Job 40:19). They exist because God created them. Genesis 3:1 says, “The serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.”

Job, the righteous man had the honor to describe about Behemoth because God gave him the grace and the ability. He said, “See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.  His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.” (Job 40:16-18)

“Behemoth’s power to wield his sword and sow discord in the world comes from God. He does it from his own desire to effect harm, but just as God has a purpose for the light /darkness and fortune/calamity He has created”, “I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things” so does God for the existence of evil. (Orthodox  Christian Theology, Isiah 45:7)

Leviathan is a sea serpent and is often an embodiment of chaos and threatening to eat the damned after their life. “To preclude one from believing that man by his own power can overcome the devil…[God uses]…the image of Leviathan…[Because he has such great power that he cannot be held by a fishhook, and to show this he says, “and will you bind his tongue with cord?” For fish which are caught with a hook are bound by the line which is attached to the hook. This means that no man can take the devil away from his malice or even bind him to keep him from doing this evil.” (Commentary on Job, Chapter 40)

The righteous man Job described as follows;  “ 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? Will he make many supplications to you? Will he speak softly to you? Will he make a covenant with you? Will you take him as a servant forever? Will you play with him as with a bird, Or will you leash him for your maidens? Will your companions make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants? Will your companions [a]make a banquet of him? Will they apportion him among the merchants? Can you fill his skin with harpoons, Or his head with fishing spears? Lay your hand on him; Remember the battle Never do it again! Any hope of subduing it is false; the mere sight of it is overpowering. No one is fierce enough to rouse it. Who then is able to stand against me? Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me. I will not fail to speak of Leviathan’s limbs, its strength and its graceful form. Who can remove his outer coat? Who can approach him with a double bridle? Who can open the doors of his face, With his terrible teeth all around? His rows of scales are his pride, Shut up tightly as with a seal; One is so near another That no air can come between them;  They are joined one to another, They stick together and cannot be parted. His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.  

Out of his mouth go burning lights; Sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.  His breath kindles coals, And a flame goes out of his mouth. Strength dwells in his neck, And sorrow dances before him. The folds of his flesh are joined together; They are firm on him and cannot be moved.  His heart is as hard as stone, Even as hard as the lower millstone.  When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid; Because of his crushing’s they are beside themselves. Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; Nor does spear, dart, or javelin.  He regards iron as straw, And bronze as rotten wood.  The arrow cannot make him flee; Slingstones become like stubble to him.  Darts are regarded as straw; He laughs at the threat of javelins. His undersides are like sharp potsherds; He spreads pointed marks in the mire. He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.  He leaves a shining wake behind him; One would think the deep had white hair. On earth there is nothing like him, which is made without fear. He beholds every high thing; He is king over all the children of pride.” (Job 41:1-34)

A being marvelous and enormous as Leviathan is not created just as beast, having all the extraordinary nature. But for all the arousing will of God’s wisdom.   “God in His wisdom reserves the right to use something evil, like Leviathan, and use him for His good work. Concerning the God using evil to work good Saint Augustine writes: “For what could be said more plainly than what is actually said, “As concerning the gospel, indeed, they are enemies for your sakes?” [Rom 11:28] It is, therefore, in the power of the wicked to sin; but that in sinning they should do this or that by that wickedness is not in their power, but in God’s, who divides the darkness and regulates it; so that hence even what they do contrary to God’s will is not fulfilled except it be God’s will. (On Predestination of the Saints, Chapter 33)

God’s reason for creating the two beasts is extraordinary. He made their nature opposing so that they could carry the world we live within their embrace. Their dwelling also opposes for they could fulfill God’s purpose. Ethiopian Astronomer Megabea Hadis Doctor Rodas stated in his homily that whilst the two beast fight, a wind storm is created on earth. What is more astonishing is those beasts bring the end of the world because when they resale earth for they would kill one another and earth disappears; Then comes judgement day!

Praise be to God!