The Proud and Mighty Fall

  1. On earth there is not his like, a creature without fear. He sees everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride (Job 41:33-34).
  2. We are coming to the end of the book of Job. In the next chapter it will all get resolved. This chapter, Job 41, is the last of the speeches. God gets the last word, as it should be.
  3. The whole chapter is about Leviathan, some creature of God’s creation that is mightier than any other. No one was able to tame or kill or even wound this beast. All their weapons were nothing against it.
  4. This beast was to rule over the prideful. They, in their pride, wanted to capture him, but they couldn’t.
  5. Until they could.
  6. This is beast is what I think the ancient tales of fire breathing dragons come from.
  7. “…Out of his nostrils comes forth smoke, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame comes forth from his mouth” (Job 41:20-21).
  8. Man, in his pride, kept after the beast until they had dominion.
  9. The beast was a warning to man. He was proud and unafraid, thinking nothing could get him. But no one is above it all, except for God.
  10. When man thinks He’s above it all, he’s in danger. Leaders who think they are above the law, that they can get away with things, will eventually be caught and brought down.
  11. People thinking they are untouchable for the power or the wealth or their status, need be warned that pride leads to destruction, not greatness.
  12. Pride comes before the fall, even for the great beasts.
  13. Job gets the point.