14 January, 2013

dragons are really real

I'm not saying that The Hobbit is really real.  Because it's not.

But the Bible is really real.

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.


Aylin Brandt said...

Thanks for those verses! They are so majestic -- so beautiful.

Marti said...

Very nice post! I will have to look up those verses.

bunnits said...

A neat post. Thanks.
Talk of dragons always makes me think of the lines from the Gospel of John about the great red dragon and the woman clothed with the sun and also William Blake's painting of the same.

Robin said...

A vivid picture, indeed! But I believe it differs in this regard:

In Revelation 12, John is using the "red dragon" as a symbol to describe Satan (vs. 9.) And Revelation 17, (vs. 17:18) tells us that "the woman sitting on a scarlet beast" is a symbol for the great city which reigns over the kings of the earth at a point in the future.

John is using symbols of things people knew about to give a depth of understanding to his hearers of the vision he received of future events. He is challenged to find words to describe the intensity of what shall take place. We do the same thing today with our metaphors and analogies when simple words aren't enough to convey full depth of meaning.

The book of Job in the Old Testament is very, very different. In Job chapters 38-41, the LORD uses facts about His creation, actual science and nature, to convey His attributes to Job. Creation is part of God's special revelation about Himself for ALL to see (so that man is without excuse.)

The Behemoth (Job 40:15) and Leviathan (Job 41:1) are real creatures. The red dragon (Revelation 12-13) and woman sitting on the beast (Revelation 17-18) are symbols describing something else.

(Terrifying times lie ahead for those who do not take refuge in the Lord.)