We are holding a Leviathan story writing contest. The deadline for submitting your work is the 30th of September, 2015. A prominent feature of your story must be the biblical Leviathan.

There will be separate contest winners for each age category: under 10 years old, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30+

We are seeking those who will want to contribute prizes for our winners, thus promote their favourite organization through our contest. We know some of you will want to enter the competition regardless of the prizes, so we are giving you a head start. Please subscribe to this blog so that you will be notified when we announce the prizes that can be won for each category.

The Job Project must have the coolest dragon ever, as our Leviathan. We cannot skimp, or settle for second best. The Leviathan scene is crucial to this story. Leviathan fans around the world are counting on us to get this right! God speaks for the entire chapter 41, exclusively about this fierce animal. This gives us a lot to work with, plus it gives us time, during His description, so the video can display a good deal of action for this awesome beast.

It would be good to have several independent designs, so that we can choose the best for this production … thus our creative writing contest. We also may be able to combine features from the various designs.

There is no restriction as to when your story was written. If you wrote a story years ago about the biblical Leviathan then, by all means, submit the work as a contest entry. The age category for the contest will be based on your age on the 30th of September, 2015, rather than your age when you wrote the story.

There is no size limit for your entries. If you write a 200,000 word tome, and it is actually about the biblical Leviathan, then our judges will evaluate it along side the other entries. The extra length will not necessarily improve your standing.

Plagiarism will result in disqualification. If you submit “Beowulf” as if it were your own work, we will notice.

There is no limit to the number of entries each person can submit.

All story entries must be written in English.

You are still free to publish your original story that you have submitted. Each submission is a contribution to the project, though you will still hold the copyright. You are granting us the right to use any part of the story in our project, or to revise the story, as we see fit. We will not publish your original story, except with your permission, or except to the degree that we incorporate elements of your work into our project.

Story content limitations:

  • No super-powers, like force fields or magic, except those mentioned in Scripture (armour plating, fire-breathing, invincible, etc.). The power of the real Leviathan is impressive enough, so stick with that.
  • We have no interest in stories that portray Leviathan as a myth, metaphor, parable, or allegory. Your story is a work of historical fiction, not fantasy, mysticism, or folklore. We can trust God’s Word that Leviathan was a real historical creature whose attributes were not fanciful word pictures or legendary fabrications.
  • No offensive language. Yes, we are aware that bad people use bad language and that you may have some bad people in your story. Just tell us that they used offensive language, rather than telling us the offensive part of what they said. Thanks!
  • No disgusting or hideous descriptions. As above, you can give the reader a picture of how disgusting something is by describing how someone reacted to it, rather than giving the graphic details directly.
  • The Leviathan in your story must fit within the biblical limitations. See below for such considerations.

In the Bible, Leviathan is defined as a sea monster, or sea creature. He is big, and he is scary. This creature is a fire-breathing dragon.

Each model must completely fit within the biblical framework and limitations. For example, the question is not whether he was breathing fire, but the question is what that looks like. The question is not whether he was a sea creature, but the question is what that means.

God tacitly states that several activities are not feasible, regarding the Leviathan:

  • Fishing for him with a hook and line
  • Subordinating him with a nose ring or prod
  • Making sport with him
  • Taming him
  • Hunting him for food
  • Domesticating him as cattle
  • Spearing him, or harming him by shooting arrows
  • Fighting with him, especially not winning

God concludes that no one would be able to endure a battle with Himself, since no one would even dare to pick a fight with Leviathan, which He created. So, it is important to emphasise the utter insanity or ignorance of anyone who would even consider attacking the king over all the children of pride, the Leviathan.

Here are some of the features each plan needs to include:

  • Scales and skin like armour
  • Terrible teeth
  • Strong mouth
  • Fire from his mouth, sparks and smoke from his nostrils
  • Strong neck
  • Fearless
  • Tears up the banks of the water
  • Thrashes the water
  • Intimidating

Answers in Genesis has proposed, at different times, both the Sarcosuchus and the Kronosaurus as potential candidates for Leviathan. They are not dogmatic about this, as those are just possible ideas. Both of these creatures are known by their fossil remains. The Sarcosuchus is an absolutely massive crocodilian. The Kronosaurus is a form of plesiosaur.

It seems difficult for Kronosaurus to be in a position to kindle a fire, since he is in the water. Due to his paddle like appendages, it is not feasible for him to get far from the water. Though he certainly would tear up the river banks, whenever he did come ashore, as the Bible’s description of Leviathan indicates. Maybe they came inland to lay their eggs. There is one kindling scenario that comes to mind. Wooden ships would be vulnerable to attack from such a creature, since it would be reasonable to expect that he could paddle in such a manner to hold his head out of the water, while scorching the timbers.

It seems that there has been a change in the size estimate for the Kronosaurus. There is a huge fossil reconstruction of this creature in the Harvard Museum. At the time, little was known about this animal, so some liberties were taken to guess how many vertebrae were needed. Apparently, this was overestimated. So, the Kronosaurus may not be as big as was first imagined.

However, just as there is great variety in the cat kind, in the horse kind, in the dog kind, etc., there is also a family of such beasts of the deep, called plesiosaurs. They all have paddles for appendages. Some have longer necks, some quite short. They all have spiked teeth. Some of the creatures are large, and some are absolutely monstrous. Included in the plesiosaur family is one reputed to be the largest predatory carnivore ever, somewhat dwarfing the land dwellers, such as T. Rex, Ceratosaurus and Spinosaurus. Predator X featured a head two times the size of a T. Rex skull, with a bite that was estimated to be eleven times more powerful. In this family is also the Styxosaurus, with a very long neck, which would fit the “serpent” description of Leviathan in Isaiah. This would also align with many of the legends of the creatures sighted by sailors at sea. With a longer neck, it is much more feasible to lift the head far above the water.

So, it would be reasonable to piece together our monster from the attributes of this family. We could have a mouth big enough to to chomp a few sailors at once, and his body is the size of an island, held rock steady with his powerful paddle legs, so that his head is lifted significantly above the deck of a mid-sized ship. He is also completely armoured with ossified scales, plus flames and sparks and smoke spewing from his mouth and nostrils.

It is easy to understand why Kent Hovind prefers the famed Tyrannosaurus Rex monster as the best possibility for the Leviathan. Who would ever attack such a fierce creature, with daggers for teeth?

The Spinosaurus dinosaur seems like the closest fit for many of the dragon legends. He is even bigger than T. Rex, though his mouth is not bigger, and his teeth are less like daggers. With his long, reptilian neck and tail, he can easily be considered in the broader category of a serpent. In order for him, or the T. Rex, to qualify as a sea creature, they would need to be hunting for prey in the rivers, lakes, deltas, or sea coasts. It seems that they would need to wade in, about hip deep, so their weight is still anchoring them securely to the floor of the water. Since the arms are on the short side, the attack would be mainly with the mouth, though one hind foot may be employed to pin the quarry down. This activity would arguably make the kind of water thrashing described in Scripture.

Then there is the option of a dragon. All of the previously mentioned creatures could be considered dragons, but this would be yet another beast, styled after the legends, rather than fossils. We can learn from the mistakes others have made, when they assumed the animals described in the Bible were always among those we know in current day science.

Other than the book of Job, we also have some information in Scripture that we can consider, regarding the description of Leviathan. Psalm 104 says that Leviathan plays in the sea. Isaiah describes Leviathan as “that crooked serpent,” “the piercing serpent,” and “the dragon that is in the sea.” The meaning of his name is “mourning,” and is translated that way once in the Bible. This one occurrence is none other than Job, himself, lamenting his losses, before his “friends” start giving him “advice.”

In future posts, we plan to share more information, such as the process for you to submit your entries, the judging process, and even some sample Leviathan stories.

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To better understand how these colour codes have been established, please see the following five articles:

Statement Of Faith And Doctrine
Folly … In The Bible?
Words Without Knowledge
Audio Drama
Quoting From Job

So, yes, all Scripture is God-breathed, and the book of Job is scripture, therefore it is all useful for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. For some of the passages in Job, God has indicated that the usefulness is limited to context. We do not want the foundation of our doctrine to be based on a quote from Satan, nor from those passages God condemned as folly or words without knowledge.

Please feel free to use this as a reference, to easily check a quote. You could also read it through to see if there are any verses that you might have been quoting from the “wrong” passages. Of course, the message in that specific verse may be perfectly sound, but it would be better to use another source. It is not that every word is wrong, but every word is questionable, since God censured the passage.

The book of Job is quite often quoted improperly, in sermons, Bible studies, commentaries, etc. One dream for this project is for those who read the novel, or watch the movie, to effortlessly and enjoyably come to a comprehensive understanding of the book of Job. As a result, it will become completely clear how to properly go about applying each verse, in this holy book, to our doctrine, thus to our lives. In order to properly understand the context for each verse, for this particular book, it is critical to understand the book as a whole.

Let’s say I was preparing a sermon. If I was quickly hunting for verses that seem to agree with a point I am attempting to make, it would be quite easy for me to happen across some verses in the book of Job that seemed to fit. Unfortunately, if I am not aware of the context of those verses, I may mistakenly quote verses that God said were folly. Oops. It is insufficient to just read the neighbouring verses in Job to get the context, or even the whole chapter.

Next month we plan to post a colour-coded view of the book of Job to aid in clearly seeing such context.

We hope to inspire exploration of God’s Word, by pointing out the biblical sign posts that direct us in safely navigating the Scriptures. We also aspire to impact society … to change the world for the better. Imagine what it would be like if a good deal more Christians were freed to explore the Scriptures, instead of feeling unsure of how to take the proper safety precautions. This would be like a biblical appetizer, driving a craving for more of His Word.

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Are you in search of the perfect church to attend? There are many opportunities to be disappointed in the congregation each one of us attends. Maybe you don’t like one of the people who visits the services. Maybe your friend does not like some of the doctrines that are being taught. Maybe I don’t like some of the practices at my church.

What is the point of going to church? To worship God with others of like precious faith, to encourage the brethren in their Christian walk, and to be reminded of the Truths from God’s Holy Word. Perfection in congregational methods is not the point. Meeting with perfect people is not the point. Finding people who perfectly agree with your opinions is not the point.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

We want to go to a nearby tolerable church, and pray that our ministry there might be a blessing to someone. If we are looking for fellowship that is not tainted by sinful humans, that is something we can only expect to find in Heaven.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is;] but exhorting [one another:] and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

There are people who attend church that can be bothersome. It is not prudent to assume they are evil. Some are hurting and weakened. They will be overly sensitive, mistaking even a proposed friendly alternative as an attack, and getting defensive. Others are immature, and their naivety can lead them into grossly divergent paths that are quite counter productive. Of course, there are those who simply have poor communication skills, which can cause misunderstandings and incite strife.

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

They all need our love, patience, kindness, and encouragement. If we assume the worst about them, we are no friend. I must measure their behaviour with grace, the way I would want to be measured. Sincerely worship God with them, side by side. This will draw them into a closer relationship with Him. That is what will help them most. That is a blessing we all could use.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Is it reasonable to expect people to be fully capable and mature … every moment? Can we really require a brother or sister to have already learned everything that we have learned? Maybe they have been mislead by someone they trusted. A person cannot learn everything at once. It takes time.

1 Peter 2:20 For what glory [is it,] if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it,] ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Even if they mistreat you, God has allowed this. Trust God that He had a very good reason for this trial of faith in your life.

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, …

Psalm 119:71 [It is] good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Romans 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

God did not promise to preserve the history of the early church, except that which is captured in scripture. The Bible is unique, among records of that age, in that it has been accurately delivered to our generation. So, we won’t be able to find authoritative records of the faith and practice of the early church outside God’s Word. It is suspicious when any teachers claim some special understanding of scripture because of early church history that they have read. That seems like a convenient way to promote heresy, since just about any false doctrine, one might like, can be found in such historical records.

Now that we are in the New Testament, all authoritative revelation from God the Father is only available from God the Son (Hebrews 1:2). And it is only confirmed as God’s Word by God the Holy Spirit, through the Apostles that Jesus chose Himself (Mark 16:20, John 14:26, Hebrews 2:3-4). Those Apostles have completed their mission. Yes, the early church needed to consider, and come to a conclusion, what writings were to be included in scripture. However, the question was not, “Which ones should we choose?” The question they needed to answer, rather, was, “Which ones did the Apostles ordain?” This was settled admirably, and correctly, by the early church. The True Church is in complete agreement with the results, though some other groups have added apocryphal writings several centuries later.

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Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

I cannot take a photograph of the kingdom of God and show it to you. The only way you can see what it is like to be in the kingdom of God, is for you to be here yourself.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

You cannot enter the kingdom of God, except through spiritual rebirth.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus’ teachings did not persuade everyone who heard Him? Why did He deliberately veil His glory? On that day when the full glory of Jesus is revealed, every person will know the truth of His majesty, thus they will give Him the honour that is rightfully due to Him.

Philippians 2:9-11
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Before that day, we must have faith. By “faith” we do not mean “blindly gullible.” God has precisely calibrated this world so that each man and woman has a choice. When you stand at the judgment seat, you will have no excuse that you did not know any better.

When we see the full glory of God, it will be too late to make the choice. Faith will no longer be an option, since the choices will be erased by the glaring, undeniable light. The Holy Father wants His children to choose to love Him. Without that choice, there is no true love.

This world gives us the knowledge of good and evil. We can see the beauty and majesty of God’s creation. And we can see that paradise has been ruined by sin. Our loving Provider has made a new paradise where sin will not enter. We can choose life or death, blessing or cursing. Choose life.

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There are some who omit the second commandment from the ten commandments. To help this omission be less noticeable, they split the tenth commandment into two commandments, so there are still ten in total. If you read a copy of the deviant list, you will not find, “Thou shalt not bow down or pray to an image.” But, they pad the list with two commandments for, “Thou shalt not covet.”

Why would anyone make such a change? The answer is so obvious that it seems silly to ask. Those who claim to be Christians, yet pray to images and honour them, would find it quite uncomfortable to find their sin listed among The Ten.

For clarification, God commanded the Israelites to make several images: a serpent, twelve bulls, pomegranates, almond flowers, angels, etc. So, this confirms that the image itself is not the problem, but the way we treat the image. Some rationalize their prayer to statues by saying that it helps them to worship God. However, God told you this is an abomination to Him, so it is not worship at all. When you reject God’s commands, you are rejecting His authority. When you forsake His authority, you are denying His omniscience and benevolence. That is the opposite of worship.

Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.

Isaiah 42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Image of a child asking Santy, “Where are you in the Bible?”

Santa Claus is another way of saying Saint Nicolaus. This refers to a man who lived many centuries ago. He died on the 6th of December, which is now known as Saint Nicolaus Day. Since he died in the fourth century AD, of course he could not be in the Bible, but that is not the complete answer.

Why did they commemorate the day of his death? It is because that is the day many people found out about his secret. He was a wealthy man and had been secretly giving to the poor. He gave wooden toys so the poor children could have some enjoyment. He gave bakery items, with spices that the poor would not normally be able to afford. He also anonymously gave money and clothing to those in need.

Few men could have withstood, as Nic did, the great burden of wealth. He inherited a good deal of money. For most people, the temptation is too much, and they become self-centred or wasteful.

So, the qualities that Nic exemplified are in the Bible. The crowning example of giving, is when God gave His Son. Santa Claus is a good role model of the kind of giving we can do to follow God’s example.

Whether Santa Claus is in the Bible, thus, completely depends on you. Do you play along with the fairy tales? Or do you take this opportunity as a reminder to follow the biblical model of giving?

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Who is Lord? Think about that question. Who is Master and King? Who is on the throne? You know the answer. You have read it in the Bible. The preachers have told you. You could refer to several verses of Scripture that say “Jesus Christ is Lord,” “He is King of Kings.” Academically … intellectually … you know the answer.

Of course, there are people who deny it. They deny the Truth. It is written on their hearts. The preachers and the scriptures have told them. You have told them, and they still deny the Truth. They are on the broad way to destruction.

Romans 10:8-13
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

9 … if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

What if I believe in the resurrection and say the phrase, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” then does that mean I am on the narrow way to Life? What if He is not on the throne of my life? What if He is not the master who makes all of the decisions about how I will live my life? What if I do not bow to His will in my life? Isn’t that what the word “Lord” means? He is my King, and I would not dare to live my life outside His Law.

9 … if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus …

When I “confess” something, it does not mean that I am just repeating a phrase I learned from a book. It must be true in my life, to be a confession. I can’t just say an incantation to get into heaven. I must forsake my lordship and turn to His lordship. I must turn away from the path to destruction, and turn to the path of Life.

Who is Lord? Think about that question. Who is Master and King? Who is on the throne?

Jesus Christ is Lord.

Who is Jesus? If I believe in the resurrection and confess “Jesus Christ is Lord,” then does that mean I am on the narrow way to Life? We can easily make a list of false religions that claim that Jesus is part of their way of enlightenment. Does it matter which Jesus I believe in? It is easy to see the answer to that question when looking at an extreme case. What if there is a man down the street who claims to be Jesus? Obviously, if that is the Jesus to whom I refer when I confess “Jesus Christ is Lord,” then I don’t have the right Lord. If someone has the same name as you, does that mean they are the same person as you? Of course not. In the same way, when people fabricate their own version of Jesus to serve, they are still lost. Anyone who invents their own god to worship, is serving a false god.

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

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Believe in Christ. But what must I believe about Christ?

Follow The Way. But how do I find The Way, so I can follow?

Come, drink of the water of life freely. But where do I go to get this water of life?

Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again. What?!

When Jesus compared Himself with the serpent of brass, He used a familiar historical event to help Nicodemus understand. Here is the history, so we can also see the context.

Numbers 21:4-9
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for [there is] no bread, neither [is there any] water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

And here is the comparison Jesus made:

John 3:14-19
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

There are a couple of elements to this comparison. Our sin is like the venom of the serpent. We have been mortally poisoned. We are doomed to die because of our rebellion against God. What is the antidote to this poison? Look to Christ crucified. Jesus took our sin upon Himself, then paid the penalty. It is only what Christ has done for us, that can save us. There is nothing we can do but look to Him. This is strictly faith, not works. Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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