Job 40:15-24 “Behold Behemoth, Which I Made With Thee”

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Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Job 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
Job 40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.
Job 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
Job 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.
Job 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.
Job 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

Introduction

Through Job, God has been showing us how futile it is to contend with our own Maker. He has revealed to us that everything that happens, the good and the evil, are all His works. He tells us, right here in this book of Job, that it was His hand that “made the crooked serpent” for the very purpose of being that “crooked serpent”. We have all been given a will, but no one in the universe has a will that is free from the will of God. Instead, the will which we all have is in reality being influenced, directed and worked “after the counsel of His own will”. It is not a struggle for God to work all things, because that is who He is. All things are of Him “it has pleased [ Him]” that all things are to be accomplished through His Son:

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Col 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Job knows nothing yet of the Father. So while he serves as a type of God’s elect, the Truth is that Job did not know either Christ or His Father. But it happens that it is the Father’s Christ with whom He is dealing, and it is Christ Himself who now continues to grill Job:

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.

Here is Strong’s definition of this word ‘behemoth’.
H930
בּה×ות
behêmôth
be- hay- mohth’
In form a plural of H929, but really a singular of Egyptian derivation: a water ox, that is, the hippopotamus or Nile horse: – Behemoth.

It is in the plural form of H929 and the singular H929 appears in the Old Testament 193 times, of which 136 entries are translated simply as ‘beast’ or the plural ‘beasts’. The most common translation is the singular ‘beast’ which appears 84 times. It is translated in the plural as ‘beasts’ 52 times even though it is the singular form. The remaining 57 entries are all translated as ‘cattle’.
Here is how Strong’s defines the singular form of this word:

H929
בּה××”
behêmâh
be- hay- maw’ From an unused root (probably meaning to be mute); properly a dumb beast; especially any large quadruped or animal (often collectively): – beast, cattle.

Whatever this particular beast is, the Lord tells us it eats grass, and He tells us that He made this beast with mankind: “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.”
The two spiritual points being made in this verse are first, the fact that this is a beast, and second, this beast “eats grass”. Eating grass, in scriptural terms, is the same as eating dust:

Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

“That old serpent, Satan, and the devil” eats dust, and behemoth, east grass. Both typify the flesh:

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Isa 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

So behemoth has mankind for lunch just as our flesh causes us to “do that [ we] would not”.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

But then He goes on to tell us much more about this particular beast:

Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

“His strength is in his loins” is true of almost any beast. There is no doubt that a very powerful beast is the subject of God’s discussion with us through Job. He tells us “His force is in the navel of his belly”.
When we look up the Hebrew word which is translated ‘force’ in this verse, this is what we find:

H202
×ון
‘oÌ‚n
one
Probably from the same as H205 (in the sense of effort, but successful); ability, power, (figuratively) wealth: – force, goods, might, strength, substance.
When we look up H205 this is what we find:
H205
×ון
‘aÌ‚ven
aw’- ven

From an unused root perhaps meaning properly to pant (hence to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble, vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol: – affliction, evil, false, idol, iniquity, mischief, mourners (- ing), naught, sorrow, unjust, unrighteous, vain, vanity, wicked (- ness.) Compare H369.
This root word H205, ‘aven’, is the root of the Hebrew H202, ‘on’. This root word H205, aven, appears 79 times in the Old Testament, and the way it is most often translated is very revealing in helping us to understand what God is telling us of this great beast.
Here are all the various entries for this root word:

H205
×ון
âven
Total KJV Occurrences: 79
iniquity, 47

Num_23:20-21 (2), 1Sa_15:23, Job_4:8, Job_11:14, Job_21:19, Job_31:3, Job_34:8, Job_34:22, Job_36:10, Job_36:21, Psa_5:5, Psa_6:8, Psa_7:14, Psa_14:4, Psa_36:3 (2), Psa_36:12, Psa_41:6, Psa_53:4, Psa_55:3, Psa_56:7, Psa_64:2 (2), Psa_66:18, Psa_92:7, Psa_92:9, Psa_94:4, Psa_94:16, Psa_94:23, Psa_119:133, Psa_125:5, Psa_141:4, Psa_141:9, Pro_10:29, Pro_19:28, Pro_21:15, Isa_1:13, Isa_29:20, Isa_31:2, Isa_32:6, Isa_59:4, Hos_6:6-8 (3), Hos_12:11, Mic_2:1, Hab_1:3
vanity, 6
Job_15:35, Pro_22:7-8 (2), Isa_41:29, Isa_58:9, Zec_10:2
wicked, 6
Job_22:15, Job_34:36, Psa_59:5, Psa_101:8, Pro_6:12, Pro_6:18
mischief, 4
Psa_36:4, Psa_55:10, Psa_62:3, Eze_11:2
affliction, 3
Job_5:6, Jer_4:15, Hab_3:7
unrighteous, 2
Isa_10:1, Isa_55:7
wickedness, 2
Job_11:11, Pro_30:20
evil, 1
Pro_12:20-21 (2)
false, 1
Pro_17:4
idol, 1
Isa_66:3
mourners, 1
Hos_9:3-4 (2)
mourning, 1
Deu_26:14
nought, 1
Amo_5:5
sorrow, 1
Psa_90:10
unjust, 1
Pro_11:7
vain, 1
Jer_4:14

So clearly the root of this Hebrew word translated as ‘force’ means “iniquity, wicked, wickedness, unrighteous, [ and] evil”. It is equally clear that this Hebrew word H202, ‘on’, which has been translated as ‘force’ here in this 16th verse would be much better translated as ‘iniquity’ or ‘wickedness’ rather than ‘force’.
Now let’s look at the meaning of the Hebrew word ‘shariyr’, which is translated as ‘navel’ in this 16th verse. Here is Strong’s entry for this word:

H8306
ש×ריר
shârı̂yr
shaw- reer’
From H8324 in the original sense as in H8270 (compare H8326); a cord, that is, (by analogy) sinew: – navel.
So shariyr, H8306, is from 8324, and when we look up 8324 this is what we discover:
H8324
ש×רר
shârar
shaw- rar’

A primitive root; to be hostile (only active participle an opponent): – enemy.
Therefore the root meaning of H8306, shariyr, translated as ‘navel’, is “to be hostile”, and the root meaning of the H202, ‘on’, translated ‘force’ should be translated as ‘iniquity’. it becomes much clearer what the Lord is telling us about this great beast.
So let’s read this verse with this new understanding and see what God is telling us about this great beast which He wants Job to know is beyond Job’s and our ability to control.
Here again is that verse as it appears in the King James version:

Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.

But knowing now what the Hebrew words ‘on’ and ‘shariyr’ really mean, here is what the Lord is actually telling us through Job:

‘Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and the iniquity of his hostility [“enmity”] is in his belly.’

This is now in complete accord with the beast which is the carnal mind of all men, and which is hostile towards God, and whose God is his own belly:

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

This is the same beast which was the last and greatest beast of Dan 7. While all the other beast are beasts with which we are all familiar, this particular beast, like the beasts God tells us of in Job, is simply described as “dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly”, just as God describes ‘behemoth’, to the extent that it is not even described in Daniel. But this beast, like all beasts, are revealed in scripture to be the seed of the great red dragon, that old serpent the devil, and the man of sin.

Dan 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

This beast is “different from all the beasts that were before it in Dan 7 simply because this beast has the same ten horns as the composite beast of Rev 13 which devoured the others before it. In other words, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome are all revealed to be the same one beast, our old “first man Adam”.

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

So God is telling us through Job, that when the devil empowers the beast within us, we become “behemoth” and are “seven times worse because we are being given much more of the “power, throne, and great authority” which is granted to us by the great red dragon.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

The beast the Lord chose as the ultimate type of the beast of the dry land, is one which was comfortable in the waters of the rivers and swamps of the earth, as well as the higher grounds, but this physical beast is no longer around except in fossil form, as we can glean from this verse:

Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

The commentators all try to convince us that this is either an elephant or a hippopotamus. But even they all acknowledge that a “tail like a cedar” doesn’t really describe the tiny tails of either of those great beasts. But when we free ourselves from the lie of the theory of evolution and the false doctrine known as “the gap theory”, which teaches that there is a gap of perhaps millions or even billions of years between the first and second verses of Genesis one, then we are able to receive the Truth which is so clearly stated by the holy spirit that this particular beast had a “tail like a cedar”.
Here, from Wikipedia, is some basic information on an animal which answers to the Lord’s description of this great beast in every way. It is, as far as is now known, by far the largest and most powerful mammal known to have ever been on the dry land of the earth. It was the Brachiosaurus.

… Most size estimates for Brachiosaurus are actually for the African form… Over the years, the mass of B. altithorax has been estimated as… 43.9 metric tons (48.4 short tons), and, most recently, 28.7 metric tons (31.6 short tons)… The length of Brachiosaurus has been estimated at 26 metres (85 ft).

This beast stood at least 22 feet high without raising its neck to reach even higher.
Here, for the sake of comparison, is what Wikipedia tells us of the largest animal alive on earth today:

“The African savanna, or bush elephant, of sub- Saharan Africa, is the largest living land animal, weighing up to 16,500 lbs (8 and 1/4 tons) and standing 10 – 13 ft (3 – 4 m) tall at the shoulder.”

The Lord tells Job that this creature was made along with mankind; that would have been on the sixth day of creation.

Gen 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

That is consistent with Exo 20:11 which, as we will see, states that everything in heaven and in the earth was created in six literal 24 hour days about 6,000 years ago.
I will take the time to deal with this false gap theory doctrine simply because it is so universally accepted by the churches of Babylon.
So let’s just read Gen 1:1-2:

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

It is argued that the Hebrew word ‘hayah’, which is translated as ‘was” in verse two, should have been translated ‘became’ and it is also argued that the earth was initially created in pristine and perfect condition, and was populated only by dinosaurs, for millions or perhaps even billions of years, before Satan rebelled against God and was cast down to the earth out of heaven in such a violent manner that the earth, which had been created to be inhabited by dinosaurs, was completely destroyed and ‘came to be’ “without form and void”.
This verse is quoted to make that point:

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain [ Hebrew ‘tohu’, same word translated “without form” in Gen 1:2], he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

It is reasoned that since we are told in Isa 45:18, that “He created it not in vain [ in tohu]”, then there must be of necessity a very long undetermined period of time which has transpired between verses one and two of Genesis chapter one. What spiritual or physical lesson you and I are to glean from such an event which supposedly took place before Adam was even created is never mentioned. The Truth is that this is all nothing more than an insidious attempt by many to integrate and mix scripture together with the godless theory of evolution. The fact is that the two are irreconcilable. Scripture simply contradicts the godless theory of evolution at every turn.
Here now is the true Biblical doctrine concerning the creation of the heavens and the earth “and all that in them is”:

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

It could reasoned that the word ‘days’ in Exo 20:11 is to be understood in the same sense as “the day of the Lord”, and is not to be taken as six literal 24- hour days. But since the word of God six times qualifies these days as consisting of six “evening[ s] and six morning[ s]”, then there is no reason to believe these six days are anything other than six literal 24- hour days.

Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Add to this the fact that we are clearly told it was all done “suddenly”, which is defined by Strong’s as ‘instantly’, and we know that God did not need millions or billions of years to evolve an egg without a hen. He simply spoke the mature hen into existence along with a mature rooster so the species could reproduce itself. Here is just how quickly God Himself describes the pace at which He created the earth, the heavens, and the seas, and all that in them is:

Isa 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

Here is Strong’s definition of the Hebrew word translated “suddenly” here.
H6597
פּת××פּת×ו×
pith’oÌ‚m pith’oÌ‚m
pith- ome’, pith- ome’
From H6621; instantly: – straightway, sudden (- ly).

Lest there be any doubt how this word is used in scripture, here are all the entries for this word in the Old Testament:

H6597
פּת×× / פּת×ו×
pith’oÌ‚m
Total KJV Occurrences: 25
suddenly, 22
Num_6:9, Num_12:4, Jos_10:9, Jos_11:7, 2Ch_29:36, Job_5:3, Job_9:23, Psa_64:4, Psa_64:7, Pro_6:15, Pro_24:22, Ecc_9:12, Isa_29:5, Isa_30:13, Isa_47:11, Isa_48:3, Jer_4:20, Jer_6:26, Jer_15:8, Jer_18:22, Jer_51:8, Mal_3:1
sudden, 2
Job_22:10, Pro_3:25
straightway, 1
Pro_7:22

Here is just one verse which demonstrates the meaning of this word:

Jos 11:7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.

A military maneuver is carried out “instantly” so as to surprise the enemy. You don’t wait for them to die out of natural causes over millions and billions of years. God did not need millions or billions of years to learn the wisdom needed to speak the entire creation into existence in just six literal days. God Himself is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, and needs not consult anyone to learn anything. That is the very point He is making to us through this account and experience of Job.

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Isa 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly [ Hebrew, instantly], and they came to pass.

If indeed the Hebrew word ‘hayah’, which is translated as ‘was’ in Gen 1:2, should have been translated as ‘became’, or ‘came to be’, in the sense of the earth eventually, over a long period of time, ‘came to be’ without form and void, then we would also have to conclude that Adam and Eve were not created naked, but eventually, over a long period of time, ‘came to be naked’, because of this verse in the very next chapter, where this same word ‘hayah’ is used again:

Gen 2:25 And they were [ Hebrew – hayah] both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Here is Strong’s definition of this Hebrew word:
hâyâh
haw- yaw’
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): – beacon, X altogether, be (- come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.

Just so we all are aware of it, this is the very same Word God gave Moses in answer to Moses asking the Lord who he should say had sent him to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage.
Here is the Lord’s answer to Moses question:

Exo 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM [ Hebrew – ‘hayah’] THAT I AM [ Hebrew – ‘hayah’]: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM [ Hebrew, ‘hayah’] hath sent me unto you.

You and I are ‘coming to be’ what Christ is. Christ ‘came to be’ the flesh, which we are. He then returned to the glory of which He had emptied Himself. None of this takes millions or billions of years.

Joh 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
Php 2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;

In the last half of this verse the word which the translators have rendered as ‘stones’ is literally the Hebrew word for fear. Let’s look at that verse again, before we discuss this word:

Job 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

Here is that Hebrew word and its definition according to Strong’s:
H6344
פּחד
pachad
pakh’- ad
The same as H6343; a testicle (as a cause of shame akin to fear): – stone.

The only place in all of the Old Testament where this word is rendered as ‘stones’ is right here is this 17th verse of the 40th chapter of Job.
Once again when we look up H6343, the Hebrew word, translated ‘stones’, which we are told is “the same as” H6344, this is what we discover:

H6343
פּחד
pachad
pakh’- ad
From H6342; a (sudden) alarm ( properly the object feared, by implication the feeling): – dread (- ful), fear, (thing) great [ fear, – ly feared], terror. This word appears 48 times in the Old Testament, and always carries with it the concept of fear or terror.
H6343
פּחד
pachad
Total KJV Occurrences: 48
fear, 41
Gen_31:42, Gen_31:53, Deu_11:25, Deu_28:67, 1Sa_11:7, 1Ch_14:17, 2Ch_14:14, 2Ch_17:10, 2Ch_19:7, 2Ch_20:29, Est_8:17, Est_9:2-3 (2), Job_4:14, Job_22:9-10 (2), Job_25:2, Job_39:16, Job_39:22, Psa_31:11, Psa_36:1, Psa_53:5 (2), Psa_64:1, Psa_105:38, Psa_119:120, Pro_1:26-27 (2), Pro_1:33, Pro_3:25, Son_3:8, Isa_2:10, Isa_2:19, Isa_2:21, Isa_24:17-18 (2), Jer_30:5, Jer_48:43-44 (2), Jer_49:5, Lam_3:47
dread, 3
Exo_15:16, Deu_2:25, Job_13:11
terror, 2
Job_31:23, Psa_91:5
dreadful, 1
Job_15:21
great, 1
Psa_14:5

So this word ‘pachad’, whether it is assigned the number H6343 or 6344, has nothing to do with testicles, but it does have everything to do with the fear and terror which is inflicted upon us by our own beastly behemoth.
A much better translation of this verse would be:

‘The sinews of his terror are wrapped together’, meaning the parts of behemoth which are given him to inspire terror.

Who we fear is who we will obey and worship. Either we fear, obey and worship God or we fear, obey and worship the beast within us.
Here is what we are instructed:

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. [ The word ‘duty’ is not in the Hebrew]

Yet this is what we are told we will do:

Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

No one, or at least very few indeed, see themselves as worshiping the dragon, yet from God’s perspective, the pleasing and worshiping of ourselves is the same as the pleasing and worshiping of the dragon.
Let’s look again at the last half of this verse as it should have been translated:

‘The sinews of his terror are wrapped together’,

Remember, this means the parts of behemoth which are given him to inspire terror. Self- worship is a great and powerful beast which is common to all flesh. It is “wrapped” around us to the point of inspiring terror and choking the life out of us. So when we see the Hebrew word translated ‘wrapped’ here in Job 40:17, and we see it translated as ‘wreathed’ in the only other entry where we find this word in the Old Testament, we get a much clearer understanding of the point the Lord is making when He tells us that “The sinews of his terror are wrapped together”.
Here is where this other entry appears. These verses speak of the self- righteous Job in all of us and the self- centered condemning of God for His “fierce anger”:

Lam 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
Lam 1:13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. [“dying daily”]
Lam 1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.

Here is just how strong the Lord tells us is that beast:

Job 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Job 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

The phrase “He is the chief of the ways of God” led some commentators to erroneously conclude that behemoth is a type of Christ and when many discover the Hebrew word ‘reysheith’, translated as ‘chief’ here in this 19th verse of Job 40, is the same Hebrew word used in Gen 1:1 and in Lev 23:10 to refer to Christ, then it becomes understandable how so many easily become confused concerning how this word ‘reysheith’, can be used in different ways.
Here are two verses in which this Hebrew word ‘reysheith’ is used in reference to types and shadows of Christ:

Gen 1:1 In the beginning [ Hebrew – ‘reysheith’, firstfruit, Christ] God created the heaven and the earth.
Lev 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits [ Hebrew – reysheith, firstfruit – Christ] of your harvest unto the priest:

The conclusion some arrive at that behemoth is a type of Christ comes from knowing that the word translated here as ‘chief’ is the Hebrew word ‘reysheith’, which literally means simply ‘first’, whether in the sense of order or in the sense of being first in rank, but they do not understand that it can also mean first in a negative sense of order or rank.

Luk 11:15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.

If we do not understand one of the main principles of the Word of God, and thereby one of the characteristics of God Himself, then it becomes very easy to misunderstand almost any word of scripture. That principle is that there is a positive and a negative application for every verse of scripture. The way we know this to be so, is simply because the cloud which led Israel out of Egypt was “darkness” to those who were on one side of that cloud, and “light” in the middle of the night to those who were on the other side. That cloud was Christ and Christ is the Word of God.

Exo 14:20 And it [ the cloud, Christ, the Word of God] came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word [ Christ, “darkness to them, and light to the these”] was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
1Co 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

So the character of this cloud which is Christ, the Word of God, is that He creates both the the light and the darkness. He creates both the good and the evil, as the Word itself tells us that this is True:

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Knowing this principle of God’s Word, and knowing this characteristic of Christ and His Father, make clear how the Hebrew word ‘reysheith’ can be used both of Christ “the firstfruit” and of behemoth, “the chief” of the beasts.

Job 40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play.

“The mountains bring him… food, where all the beasts of the field play”, according to our Lord, means the kingdoms of this world on whom the behemoth dines and is nourished. We know this because we are told that “mountains… are… kingdoms, [ and] the field is the world”.

Rev 17:9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Rev 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.
Eze 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

“The beasts of the field play” together because the world loves its own:

Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Job 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens.
Job 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

This is where we as Job are at the beginning of our experience while we have our “hedge about [ us]” and we are being “blessed [ in] the work of [ our] hands, and… [ becoming] rich and increased with goods and hav[ ing] need of nothing”.

Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Behemoth being at home in the waters symbolizes the flesh. Notice how much “the king of Egypt [ and] the Assyrian” have in common with behemoth:

Eze 31:2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?
Eze 31:3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
Eze 31:4 The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.
Eze 31:5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.
Eze 31:6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
Eze 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.

So scripturally “the king of Egypt… the Assyian… [ and] behemoth” are all made great “[ because their] root [ is] by great waters” which “waters” we are told “are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

In other words, this is exactly what Satan promised to give to Christ if Christ would only bow down and worship him.

Mat 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mat 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Mat 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

All Satan is asking of Christ is to give in to the desire of His own flesh to avoid the burdens of the cross. If Christ had just refused to obey His Father He could have avoided having to die to self. Christ could not avoid the burdens of the cross simply because ‘God [ gave] not His spirit by measure unto Him’ enabling Christ to fulfill His Father’s will.

Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Job 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.

Behemoth within us is fearless and “drinks up a river, and hasteth not” simply because he knows that no one can make war with him:

Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Behemoth “trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth” but his thirst or his appetite are never satisfied.

Ecc 6:7 All the labour of man [ behemoth] is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
Hag 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

Waters which are not life giving waters never satisfy our thirst and bread which is not the bread of life never satisfy our hunger.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

In our last verse behemoth, a type of Job and of us believes many lies, and has a carnal view of life. Therefore the truths God is bringing to Job and to us appear as nothing less than a snare from behemoth’s perspective. So in reality, the blessings from God, are received by Job in us as a curse. Those blessings (chastenings) were the loss of all that Job, and we treasure in this world.

Job 40:24 He taketh it [ the waters which give him his life] with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

Behemoth, who is nothing more than a type of the harlot of the book of Revelation, is arrogant and thinks he has nothing to fear; “His nose pierces through the snares”.

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Both behemoth and this harlot think they can sin and satisfy the flesh without regard to the consequences of doing so. Nevertheless the truth remains:

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Next week, Lord willing, we will be admonished by the Lord concerning another dreadful beast which is beyond our control. This beast is not a beast which we find on dry land. This beast is called leviathan, and he lives in the waters of the sea:

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Job 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
Job 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
Job 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Job 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
Job 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
Job 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

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