Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:
Look at the behemoth,
which I made along with you
and which feeds on grass like an ox.
What strength he has in his loins,
what power in the muscles of his belly!
His tail sways like a cedar;
the sinews of his thighs are close-knit.
His bones are tubes of bronze,
his limbs like rods of iron.
He ranks first among the works of God,
yet his Maker can approach him with his sword.
Behold, my one and only dinosaur devotion. Why, you ask? Because dinosaurs aren’t mentioned specifically in the Bible. The term dinosaur was first used in 1841 by Dr. Richard Owen, so obviously the Bible doesn’t use it. However, some verses give us clues to animals that might be dinosaurs.
In the verses above, the Lord is speaking to Job and explaining that He is more powerful than the great beast known as behemoth. This must have been a creature familiar to Job, but it doesn’t seem to describe any creature we know of today. Behemoth had a number of interesting characteristics:
- Feeds on grass
- Powerful muscles in its loins and belly
- Tail sways like a cedar tree
- Bones like tubes of bronze and limbs like rods of iron
Some biblical scholars believe behemoth could have been a plant eating sauropod dinosaur. It certainly sounds like it could be an animal like Brachiosaurus who had huge limbs and a long tail as big as a tree.
Can we be certain that behemoth was a dinosaur? Nope. Not until we get to heaven and can ask God himself. But we can be certain that God created a magnificent creature in behemoth. And yet the point He was making to Job was that He created this great and powerful creature which in turn shows His unlimited power. God is able to do all things and with Him all things are possible.
Dear Lord, thank you for the reminder of how powerful You are. Whether behemoth is a dinosaur or not, I know that your creative power is unmatched. I’m humbled that You release that power through me to accomplish Your will. Help me to be yielded to You every day. In Jesus’s name, amen.