Leviathan – The Ancient Enemy of Mankind
You will get attacked if you desire to see God’s glory.
- 1 Peter 4:12-13 – Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad-for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
The Leviathan been around since the beginning of man.
- The serpent’s first attack on mankind – Genesis 3:1 (NLT) – The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
- And at the very end of the Bible we are told who this serpent is – Revelation 20:2 (NLT) – He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years.
- And we see the serpent further identified as Leviathan, the dragon of the sea – Isaiah 27:1 (NLT) – In that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan, the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon of the sea.
Characteristics of Leviathan.
- Job 41:12 (NLT) – “I want to emphasize Leviathan’s limbs and its enormous strength and graceful form.”
- Leviathan is swift and twisted – Isaiah 27:1. Causes confusion which leads premature reaction.
- It causes fear and terror of even mighty man – Job 41:25. It has mighty strength and impenetrable armor – Job 41:13, 22.
- Fire comes out of his mouth – Job 41:21. James 3:5-6 tells us how dangerous a tongue of fire can be.
- It is shrewd – Genesis 3:1. The accuser of our brethren – Revelation 12:10. To kill, steal, and destroy – John 10:10.
- But, maybe worst of all, pride – Acts 41:34. This leads to religiosity and self-righteousness.
How do we defeat this ancient enemy??
- You can’t kill it–Job 41:7. You can’t capture it & make it a servant–Job 41:4, 9. You can’t make it a pet–Job 41:5.
- And if you try to, it will hurt you and you will wish you never have – Job 41:8.
- Because, at the end of the day, only God can bring Leviathan down – Psalms 74:12-14 (NLT) – You, O God, are my king from ages past, bringing salvation to the earth. 13 You split the sea by your strength and smashed the heads of the sea monsters. 14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan and let the desert animals eat him.
- Luke 10:19 (NKJV) – Behold,I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Why defeat this ancient enemy – because God has a purpose for us to fulfill.
- Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
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