First we must realize that Leviathan is a spirit, one that exists and thrives even today. Then we, in the light of YHWH’s Omnipotence, must understand that the only way for Leviathan to have rights to affect our lives is when we live unsubmitted to the Father, our Elohim.
Let’s look at one single verse about this beast:
Job 41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
What about such a powerful foe would cause Joy over sorrow? What is this verse doing in the center of a description of something so terrible?
“A more plain translation says: “Strength dwells in his neck, and sorrow dances before him”
- They are strong (Strength dwells in his neck)
- They are cruel and entertained by sorrow (sorrow dances before him)”.
David Guzik Study Guide for Job 41
“Take a view of his neck, and there remains strength, v. 22. his head and his body are well set together. Sorrow rejoices (or rides in triumph) before him, for he makes terrible work wherever he comes. Or, Those storms which are the sorrow of others are his joys; what is tossing to others is dancing to him. His flesh is well knit, v. 23.”
Matthew Henry Commentary
At first glance, this verse in the KJV has us thinking that sorrow turned to joy in the beast’s presence. That thought is in plain contradiction to all of the surrounding verses and their descriptions of Leviathan. Digging a little prayerfully, we find an even more sinister character of the beast: that the fire from his mouth and nostrils causes sorrow personified to rejoice! How terrible!
We suffer all of this because we tend our nature and say “I’ve got this.” Rather than, “Yes, YHWH, yes, Elohim, yes, Adonay, yes yes yes, my Father! I love you King! I submit before You wholly and I wait for You to speak to All of me.”
To solidify the revelation of what Leviathan has been given to rule over, listen to the Word of YHWH:
“Job 41:33-34 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high [things]: he [is] a king over all the children of pride.”
Pride Must Go:Pride isn’t something that we can cast out, it’s not something that can be cured or treated with medications, Pride is something that we must choose to reign, something we must be proactive against. Pride isn’t defeated by seeing it and then battling it down, Pride is defeated by action in its antithesis, Humility. In all we do we must adorn on ourselves the cloak of humility or Pride will shine and blind us from seeing the enemy’s game to destroy us. Colossians 3:12-14 has quite a bit of instruction on what this looks like:
Colossians 3:12-14 So embrace, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, a spirit of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering. Bear with one another and forgive one another. If anyone has a quarrel against anyone, even as Christ forgave you, so you must do. And above all these things, embrace love, which is the bond of perfection.
The Church has been asleep and selfish, seeking week to week to go to a place to get some Jesus and then go on about their lives until the next required dose. We go to the meetings, not ready to give what Jesus has given us but, to take from the plates of inspiration that our Authority (leadership) has labored to prepare for the flock. We so quickly forget that we ARE all sheep, even our Authority, and we ALL have the ability, yes even the responsiblity, to labor and tend to the wonderful gardens of inspiration found in YHWH, our Elohim! How are we to follow the great commission to go and make disciples if we ourselves refuse to be sharpened by even YHWH’s Word!?!? Save the fact that we all would have to desire greatly to be corrected by another believer rather than to find correction to dole out!
The enemy of the children of Pride is before you, waiting to deceive and destroy. We have a task before us, the thing is exposed, and the task is so simple that if you don’t do just that, you’ll miss it. What is it? Surrender. Don’t go, don’t do, don’t guess, surrender! Then and only then will you be sent, then and only then will your labor NOT be in vain.
Commissioned on this day [insert the date you’re reading this] to surrender to The Father, in Jesus’ name.