If you were to ask what my favorite “mythical” animal was, without hesitation, I would say: Dragons. If you were to ask what my favorite book of the Bible was, I would tell you: Job. “Why Job you ask?” I’ll answer that in just a moment.
Throughout human history, in almost every society of man, there have been legends and myths. Fairy tales, books, movies, and games have captivated many in regard to dragons. Cultures as diverse as the Chinese, Babylonians, Peruvians, Swedes, and North Africans all have ancient legends of dragons. Although descriptions bear a wide range of characteristics, they have many similarities among the different cultures. Where did these legends come from? Could it be that these stories have a root in reality, or are they just made-up tales from our imaginations?
This brings me back to your question. One of the reasons I love the book of Job so much is because of Chapter 41. In this chapter, God is in the middle of a monologue in which He is talking to Job. After talking to Job at great length about all the things God has made, in which God asks Job to consider a great many creatures, nature, and other phenomenon, God begins to describe to Job a creature called the Leviathan. Here are just a couple of those verses, “Can you fill its hide with harpoonsor its head with fishing spears? If you lay a hand on it, you will remember the struggle and never do it again! Any hope of subduing it is false; the mere sight of it is overpowering. Who can penetrate its double coat of armor? Who dares open the doors of its mouth, ringed about with fearsome teeth? Its back has rows of shields Its snorting throws out flashes of light; its eyes are like the rays of dawn. Flames stream from its mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from its nostrils”
If you read what God is describing, it undoubtedly sounds like a dragon! Smoke, fire, a hide tougher than harpoons; sounds like a dead ringer to me. I know, I know, some of the writing in Job is deemed poetic, but here we have a conversation between God and Job, where God is repeatedly telling Job to look at the different things He has created. It makes logical sense that as God moves from goats, mountains, and lightning, and starts mentioning the Leviathan, Job would know what He is talking about.
Are Dragons real? Did they once roam the earth? We may never know until we get to Heaven. But for me, I’m going to believe they were real. I’m going to scratch them off my “mythical” creatures list. At any rate, I highly recommend reading the book of Job, where you can draw your own conclusions.