And check out what the Lord says in Job 41 about Leviathan:
8 “Lay your hand on him; remember the battle; you will not do it again!
13 “Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail?
14 “Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth there is terror.
15 “His strong scales are his pride, shut up as with a tight seal.
16 “One is so near to another that no air can come between them.
17 “They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18 “His sneezes flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 “His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 “In his neck lodges strength, and dismay leaps before him.
23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together, firm on him and immovable.
24 “His heart is as hard as a stone, even as hard as a lower millstone.
25 “When he raises himself up, the mighty fear; because of the crashing they are bewildered.
26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail, nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
27 “He regards iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood.
28 “The arrow cannot make him flee; slingstones are turned into stubble for him.
29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble; he laughs at the rattling of the javelin.
30 “His underparts are like sharp potsherds; he spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a jar of ointment.
32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine; one would think the deep to be gray-haired.
33 “Nothing on earth is like him, one made without fear.
34 “He looks on everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”
Some say this is a description of a crocodile.
I say, really?
No. It's a description of a dragon. And it's my belief that dragons did not live so very long ago. Cultures all over this earth have left behind stories, pictures, tapestries and carvings of their encounters with these creatures.
We have paleontologist Richard Owen (1804-1892) to thank for inventing the modern word "dinosaur." At that time, scientists began throwing hundreds of thousands, and then millions, and now billions of years into their construct. And lots of imaginings. When you leave God and His Word out, you can make up anything. "Words without knowledge." Words that have permeated and influenced minds and hearts for the past 100 years, give or take.
Well, I've been thinking a lot about dragons as I knit up the Smaug Socks Pattern ... with the strong scales (wrapped stitches) which are the dragon's pride ... in a yarn colored like the sparks of fire that leap forth out of his mouth!
And I've been thinking a lot about our Lord who created dragons.
And I've been thinking about other things He says about His creation in Job chapters 38-42.
About the morning stars singing together. And all the sons of God shouting for joy. About the springs of the sea and the Lord walking in the recesses of the deep. About the storehouses of snow. About mountain goats giving birth. About unconcerned ostriches. About the majestic snorting of a horse prepared for battle. About soaring hawks. Wonderful things. Wonderful Him.
If there's a Bible near you, check out these few chapters. Job 38-42. It won't take long to read. And you'll be glad you did.