The Crocodile

Bible Reading:
Job 41: 1-34

Text verse
Job 41:8
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

The Crocodile called the Leviathan in some Bibles is the subject of my Sermon today.
Job says earlier:
Job 12:7
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;
and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee.

We can learn much by examining the Crocodile.
But first:
Some interesting Facts concerning the Crocodile
Alligators and Crocodiles are related.
The difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile is that the fourth tooth on the lower jaw
of a Crocodile can always be seen, even when his mouth is shut!
Of all the innumerable species of animals,
the crocodile alone is able and found to move its upper jaw in eating!

It is best to keep as far as possible from an crocodile
because although it can't run for very long,
if it decides to attack you will not be able to out run it.
They may not be able to run far but they can run fast
- up to 70 miles per hour - that is 112 km per hour!
It is foolish to stay close to them!

The warning given in our Text verse needs to be heeded:
Job 41:8
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

The crocodile is liken in the Bible to the enemy of God.
A picture of the devil and his works. A picture of sin!

I have read that the crocodile know no maximum size,
he is always growing bigger and bigger as long as he lives.
A Crocodile can live up to a hundred years and reach a length of 7metres or 23 feet!
The young crocodile, when broken from the shell with a stick
will in a moment begin to put itself in a posture of attack,
opening its mouth as if had been taught and trained.
Just like an adult it bites at the stick - You never need to educate any man into sin. 

Friend, don't play with sin - remember:
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Proverbs 14:12
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Stay away from those sinful habits, those sinful places and those sinful people because friend,
the crocodile is swift to drag you down into the muddy, murky waters of death!

The Lord asks Job a question:
Job 41:2
Canst thou put an hook into his nose?
or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

The Lord asks the question and the answer is no!
But the Lord can - and in the Book of Ezekiel -
Pharaoh King of Egypt is liken to a Crocodile
and the Lord prophesied. that he would deal with him.

Ezekiel 29:3-4
Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee,
Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers,
which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself. 
But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales,
and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers,
and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.

But before I go any further I want to share something with you:
Job 41:34 (KJV)
He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

Job 41:26 (New American Bible)
All, however lofty, fear him; he is king over all proud beasts.

The Crocodile according to the Bible is the King of the beasts of Prey!
The Crocodile may be powerful but the Lord will always grant His people victory!

Another Pharaoh - thought that he could destroy the Children of God.

Exodus 1:22
And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying,
Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river,
and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Children of Israel in Egypt - Pharaoh commanded that all the young baby boys
be thrown into the Nile River to be devoured by the Nile crocodiles. 
Will you abandoned you children to the devil?
Although exposed among the crocodiles
Moses was placed into an ark (basket) of bulrushes.
Friend, the Nile may be the home of the crocodile
but we can still protect our Children by placing them in an Basket of Prayer.
We can protect are children by placing them in a Basket of discipline.

Remember the Bible says: 
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Do you love your children enough to place them in
the Basket of prayer and discipline or will you allow the crocodile to devour them? 
We have a duty to protect our Children from the crocodile of this world.
We need to warn them of the dangers lurking in the river of life.
We need to warn them to stay away from those sinful habits,
those sinful places and those sinful people because friend,
the crocodile will be swift to drag our precious children
down into the muddy, murky waters of death!

Crocodile Scars 
Remember our Text verse:
Job 41:8
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

Sometimes, all of us have a run in with the crocodile
and in closing I would like to share a true story with you:
Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida
a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.
In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door,
leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.
He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake,
an alligator was swimming toward the shore. 

His mother, in the house was looking out the window,
saw the two as they got closer and closer together.
In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could.
Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed
and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. 
It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.
From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms
just as the alligator snatched his legs.
That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. 
The alligator was much stronger than the mother,
but the mother was much too passionate to let go. 

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams,
raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator. 

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. 
His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal.
And, on his arms, were deep scratches
where his mother's fingernails dug into his flesh
in her effort to hang on to the son she loved. 

The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma,
asked if he would show him his scars.
The boy lifted his pant legs.
And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter,
"But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too.
I have them because my mom wouldn't let go." 

You and I can identify with that little boy.
We have scars, too.
No, not from an alligator or a crocodile, or anything quite so dramatic.
But, the scars of a painful past.
Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. 
But, some wounds, my friend, are because God has refused to let go. 
In the midst of your struggle, He's been there holding on to you.
If you have Christ in your life, you have become a child of God.
He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way. 
But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations.
The swimming hole of life is filled with peril
- and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack.
That's when the tug-o-war begins,
and if you have the scars of His love on your arms be very, very grateful. 
He did not - and will not - let you go. 

The Scripture teaches that God loves you. 
John 3:16
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.

Remember our Text verse:
Job 41:8
Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

But then also remember:
Romans 8:37-39
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God, has never go - He wants you to have Eternal life.
2 Peter 3:9
 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.

Make that decision today to place your hand in His hand and to walk with Him.
John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

How do I know that He loves us?
He bears the cruel scars in His hands, side and feet!


Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99
South Africa

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