Dragons are regarded as highly mythological creatures by most people. After all, flying, giant, scaly, fire-breathing lizards don’t sound exactly… well, realistic, do they? And even though there are references to them in the Bible, many people disregard them, saying that the whole ‘fire’ thing was a ‘figure of speech,’ and they were just a kind of ‘dinosaur.’ Now while the latter may be true, I believe the former was not.
Take a look at Job 41 (KJV)
1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
2Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
4Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
8Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
25When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
If that isn’t a dragon, I don’t know what it is. (…did I just quote Proffessor Hamilton?) Let’s see. It had
2. Fire-breathing abilities
3. It was large
4. It was Fearless
The end line, ‘King over the children of pride,’ I believe, goes with the line before it – ‘he beholdeth all high things’ (which would seem to indicate that it could fly. Another indicator toward Dragons being able to fly is all the pictures passed down through the ages of dragons with wings. First-hand accounts drew them with ) meaning not that it was ‘proud’ in the sinful sense, but proud in the ‘might and majestic’ sense. (This is, of course, debatable, but this is my take on it).
They are also mentioned many other times in the Bible –
Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.
And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. (This verse would indicate that there are sea dragons, as well).
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.
Isaiah 34:12-14 (in Context) Isaiah 34 (Whole Chapter)
And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.
And Hazor shall be a dwelling for dragons, and a desolation for ever: there shall no man abide there, nor any son of man dwell in it.
Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.
And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.
And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.
The evidence for Dragons existing thousands of years ago, even if they are now extinct, is overwhelming! Satan is called a Dragon several times in Revelations, but I don’t think this means that dragons were evil. This is a testimony to Satan’s fiery power and dangerous temperment.
God says that the dragon ‘turns sorrow to joy’ in Job, which wouldn’t make sense if dragons were evil.
…can you tell I’ve been reading Dragons in Our Midst?