Question:What is the meaning of the dragon in the Bible?
Bible Answer: There are two different dragons
in the Bible. The first one, called Leviathan, is found in the Old Testament
and the second one, Satan, occurs in the New Testament in the book of
Leviathan. There are a number of passages
in the Old Testament about the dragon called Leviathan: Job 3:8; Job
41:1-34; Psalms 74:13-14; Psalms 104:25-26; and Isaiah 27:1. The major
passage is found in Job. Some believe Leviathan is an elephant or a crocodile.
But there are problems with this conclusion because of some of the key
descriptions of Leviathan:
Lives in the sea
More than one head
Eyes can glow
Flames from his mouth
Smoke from his nose
One made without fear
This is a description of an animal and not a person. The animal sounds
like the Loch Ness monster in the British Isles that so many claim to
have seen. Was or is he real? Henry M. Morris, a highly respected scientist,
believes it was a dinosaur. Skeletal remains of such an animal
exist - a sea animal with a long neck.
What is the meaning of the dragon? The dragon reveals the
awesome power of God. Job 41:33 says,
Nothing on earth is like him, One made without fear.
He looks on everything that is high; He is king over all the sons of
pride. (NASB) Job 41:33-34
There was nothing else on earth like him. God made him mightier, stronger
and more fierce than anything, including man. God used Leviathan to remind
us that there is no one else like Himself. There is only one God (Isaiah
45:6) and He is all powerful. It is He who makes the sick, lame, the
blind and the deaf (Ex. 4:11). There is no one else who can do that,
and there is only one God who can kill the powerful and feared Leviathan
Satan. Satan is called a dragon in the book
of Revelation. He is described in Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 17; Rev. 13:1,
2, 4, 11; Rev. 16:13 and Rev. 12:9 and 20:2. Revelation 20:2 tells us
the dragon is the devil or Satan. The dragon appears to symbolize power
(Rev. 13:2) and again God conquers with power (Rev. 20:2). Satan is an
evil angel (Ezekiel 28:14), a created being - a cherub who used to live
in heaven with God. In Revelation the term dragon is another name for
Satan, and it is also symbolic of Satan's real power.
Conclusion:Satan and Leviathan are powerful beings.
Satan is a created, powerful angel who turned to evil and was then removed
from heaven. Leviathan was a powerful created animal of the sea. Scripture
reminds us that God is greater than any spiritual or physical being.
There is nothing like God on earth, in heaven or anywhere else. Glory