Tuesday, February 10, 2009

the great dragon

"I went out by night by the Valley Gate to the Dragon Spring..." Neh. 2:13

"In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea." Isa. 27:1

"Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of you, that the rod that struck you is broken, for from the serpent's root will come forth an adder, and its fruit will be a flying fiery serpent." Isa. 14:29

"An oracle on the beasts of the Negeb: Through a land of trouble and anguish, from where come the lioness and the lion, the adder and the flying fiery serpent, they carry their riches on the backs of donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to a people that cannot profit them." Isa. 30:6

"And another sign appeared in heaven: behold a great red dragon..." Rev. 12:3a

"Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world- he was thrown down to earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." Rev. 12:7-9

Giants? Witches? Ghosts and Spirits? Dragons? Sea Monsters? Talking Animals? All in the Bible. Perhaps Lewis, Tolkien, and Rowling didn't write so much fantasy after all.

1 comment:

  1. And consider this... the word "dinosaur" ("terrible lizard") was not invented until 1841 by Sir Richard Owen, the first superintendent of the British museum and a staunch anti-Darwinist. The King James Bible was translated in 1611, so we should not expect to find the word "dinosaur" in the Bible. Instead this type of animal was called by its traditional name "dragon."

    Also, if you are trying to look like a dragon in your profile picture, you have succeeded. That's really nasty.