15-24“Look at the land beast, Behemoth. I created him as well as you. Grazing on grass, docile as a cow— Just look at the strength of his back, the powerful muscles of his belly. His tail sways like a cedar in the wind; his huge legs are like beech trees. His skeleton is made of steel, every bone in his body hard as steel. Most magnificent of all my creatures, but I still lead him around like a lamb! The grass-covered hills serve him meals, while field mice frolic in his shadow. He takes afternoon naps under shade trees, cools himself in the reedy swamps, Lazily cool in the leafy shadows as the breeze moves through the willows. And when the river rages he doesn’t budge, stolid and unperturbed even when the Jordan goes wild.But you’d never want him for a pet— you’d never be able to housebreak him!”
1-11“Or can you pull in the sea beast, Leviathan, with a fly rod and stuff him in your creel? Can you lasso him with a rope, or snag him with an anchor? Will he beg you over and over for mercy, or flatter you with flowery speech? Will he apply for a job with you to run errands and serve you the rest of your life? Will you play with him as if he were a pet goldfish? Will you make him the mascot of the neighborhood children? Will you put him on display in the market and have shoppers haggle over the price? Could you shoot him full of arrows like a pin cushion, or drive harpoons into his huge head? If you so much as lay a hand on him, you won’t live to tell the story. What hope would you have with such a creature? Why, one look at him would do you in! If you can’t hold your own against his glowering visage, how, then, do you expect to stand up to me?
It is interesting what we find in the Bible and how theories, even those that the person who made them didn’t believe get propagated for generations upon generation. It is interesting to consider what life would be like living during the times of the dinosaurs and being able to coexist. It is interesting to consider what life would have been like living in a part of the world where either on land or in water such majestic and magnificent creatures would walk by. I consider when I see nature either walking through my yard or when travelling or when on vacation be it at the zoo or a nature preserve, wow. We know from God’s Word that He created the Earth and everything in it – on land and in the water.
As I complete my reading in Job, I have such incredible reminders of that day when I was putting in my resignation at the only company I had worked at since graduating from university. That morning my reading was the same as today, but I was at a different point in my life and on that day God encouraged me with Job 42:12. As I was coming to the end of the first half of my career, it was going to be a change and God knew me stepping out — as called out in earlier blog postings — “Get out of the boat”, that I would need Him as He had lead me this far and I was going to do what He wanted and was going to Go where He lead me. As I was spending time with God and considering the 2nd half of my life and my career, I was wondering what things were going to be like. I knew I got to walk through the valley and I got to learn through it all the importance of forgiveness and the power it has to free us. So He put this verse on that day to encourage me and prepare me for the 2nd half of my career with these words from Job 42:
1-6Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”
Promise for the 2nd half — that it would be twice as good as the first (compare these numbers to the ones in Job 1):
10-11After Job had interceded for his friends, God restored his fortune—and then doubled it! All his brothers and sisters and friends came to his house and celebrated. They told him how sorry they were, and consoled him for all the trouble God had brought him. Each of them brought generous housewarming gifts.12-15God blessed Job’s later life even more than his earlier life. He ended up with fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand teams of oxen, and one thousand donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. He named the first daughter Dove, the second, Cinnamon, and the third, Darkeyes. There was not a woman in that country as beautiful as Job’s daughters. Their father treated them as equals with their brothers, providing the same inheritance.16-17Job lived on another 140 years, living to see his children and grandchildren—four generations of them! Then he died—an old man, a full life.