Monday, October 26, 2009

Leviathan mentioned again Isaiah 27

Isaiah 27:1 "In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."

There is a vivid description of the serpent or dragon in Job. This chapter does not make a big deal of it. It is presented as a simple act. If this is a reference to Satan, and it seems to be, then as in the New Testament, it is not a difficult task for the LORD. Satan is of great strength compared to us but of insignificant strength compared to the LORD.

Revelation 20:2 "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years." This was done by a strong angel.

In the New Testament, Jesus had sent his disciples out to preach and they found that the spirits were subject to them and even "...power to tread on serpents and scorpions..." but this was not what they were to be happy about. The most important thing is in this verse:

Luke 10:20 "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

Before that Jesus had (seemed almost a casual mention to me) said that: v18 "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven." also Isaiah 14

So while Satan is difficult to ignore because of the wrong he does, he will be dealt with by the LORD when the time is full.

Further on the chapter talks about the purging of Jacob's sin and the bringing back to the promised land.

v13 "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem."

All this must have seemed impossible for those in captivity, but it did take place for they were there when Christ as born.

I look for another day when the trumpet will sound and we will be out of here.

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