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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Job 41

 

 

Verses 1-34

Leviathan is almost certainly the crocodile, and there is the playfulness of a great tenderness in the suggestions Jehovah makes to Job about these fierce creations. Can Job catch him with a rope or a hook? Will he pray to Job? Will Job make a servant or a plaything of him for himself or his maidens? There is a fine, and yet most tender and humorous, satire in the words of Jehovah!

Lay thine hand upon him; Remember the battle, and do so no more.

If none dare stir up leviathan, who can stand before God? If Job dare not attempt to catch or subdue or play with this animal, how can he hope to compete with God in governing the universe? Following the question, the description returns to the beast in all the magnificence of his strength, and ends with a picture of men attempting to overcome him with sword, or spear, or dart, or pointed shaft; while all the while, in fierce anger, he holds the citadel of his being, and becomes king over all the sons of pride.

Thus the unveiling of God's own glory ends, not in the higher reaches of the spiritual, but in, its exhibition in a beast of the river and the field. It is not the method we would have adopted, but it is the perfect method. For the man who knows God it is necessary only to make his commonest knowledge flame with its true glory for him to learn the sublimest lesson of all.

 


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Job 41:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gcm/job-41.html. 1857-84.

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