What does it mean to know someone?
Do you know them if you’ve been introduced, and know their name and what they look like? If you can name their favourite foods, or colours? If you know what they did on the weekend?
Do you know them if you understand what makes them ‘tick’ – their hopes, dreams and fears?
Obviously, there are different levels of knowing someone. The level to which we know our families or spouses is different to how we know our neighbours across the street, or teenagers who cheerfully serve us at the supermarket check-out.
The Bible tells us that God knows us intimately. Psalm 139 paints a beautiful picture of our God who knit us together in our mother’s womb (v 13), who knows our movements throughout the day (v 2-3), who perceives our thoughts (v 2), and knows the words on our lips before we even utter them (v 4). There is nowhere we can go that He does not see, and where He is not present (v 7-12). He knew all the days that were ordained to us before one of them came to be (v 16). Could there be a higher level of knowing someone?
In our fourth post, we looked at what God had to say to Job about his ways in the world. We saw that Job had learned that there is no power like God’s power, no majesty like God’s majesty. And now, as we approach the end of Job’s story, we see that God has still more to say.
“Behold, Behemoth, which I made as I made you …” (40:15)
“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook …” (41:1)
Now we meet the “superbeasts”, creatures who are clearly part of God’s created order. They are not enemies of God, but (yet another mystery!) they are somehow capable of wreaking havoc among human beings. What are we to make of these strange and powerful creatures?