We Are Leviathan: Job 38.1–11 and 25–27, 40.25–32, 41.1–8

scarymonsterDelivered at Ames UCC
on August 7, 2016
©The Rev. Eileen Gebbie

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HOW CAN WE KNOW?
How do we know what God wants? How can we possibly know from the written word? Hear the different ways just a portion of today’s poem can be read:

Angrily: Who is this who darkens counsel/in words without knowledge?
With care: Who is this who darkens counsel/in words without knowledge?
With curiosity: Who is this who darkens counsel/in words without knowledge?

We know that it takes hubris to make any claim of certainty about the divine. By definition we cannot know the mind of God.

This is clearly expressed in today’s selection about creation and Leviathan. The poet reminds us that God has been, is, and will be at work in ways and realms that we cannot access. Only God can frolic with a monster, command its loyalty and love. So who are we to presume to know what such a power thinks?
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