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Isaiah 27:1- Leviathan

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"On that day the LORD with His harsh, great, and strong sword, will bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent--Leviathan, the twisting serpent. He will slay the monster that is in the sea." -Isa 27:1 (HCSB)

The word "leviathan" is used several times in scriptures (ie. Job 3:8) and it seems very likely that it is about an actual beast that dwells in the seas, although many say it is about large Nile Crocodiles and how they might catch a goat and twist around in the water with it. At any rate I would have to say in Isaiah 27 it is not just a beast that a group of men could slay but something more like a representative of all the paganism around the various cultures that Isaiah knew of.  Paganism and its many doctrines often capture the minds of people and twist their thinking so it is more of a job for the Lord to handle.   What are your thoughts?

Pastor Zomok

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  • I can offer a different perspective. There is a demon that believes it can drink the Nile. That's how I remember it's function or purpose. The large Nile crocodile is a good picture of what it does. What does it do with its prey? One of its names is leviathan although it can go by other names. Many pagan holidays are centered around excessive drinking and also drug use. 

    God bless,

    Mary

  • I have a very difficult time with imagery in scripture. My mind is far too simple to grasp it all but when I see it (and it sure is in there a lot) I try to follow this Golden Rule of Interpretation

    "When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning, unless the facts of the immediate context, studied int he light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise."

    So to me I would understand it to be a creature, particularly because in Job 3:8 that you mentioned it sure seemed to be. If the Lord is going to slay it I would agree that it would be something that men could not easily slay. 

    If it was paganism how would the "the monster that is in the sea" fit into that?

  • "Serpent" or, that class of beasts to include snakes, is often used to represent the devil, or evil in Scripture. I'm sure in this Scripture it IS meant to signify something other than just a large croc. Paganism seems a real possibility to me

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