by Travis Bryan III
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? Or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Job 41:1. Here, God is asking Job if Job can do what God can do--catch the great whale, the monster of the sea, with a mere fish hook and line? This great monster whale is a symbol for Satan. The truth is that God does capture and subdue Satan with a line and a fish hook, the Cross of Christ.
This fishing story is a central part of the hidden but revealed mystery of the gospel.
But we speak the wisdom of God in a MYSTERY, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes (Satan, his fallen angels and earthly minions) of this world knew; for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Cor 2:6-8.
If Satan and his principalities and powers had known the cross was the fish hook of their own defeat they never would have crucified Jesus. Heb 2:14; Col 2:15; John 12:31. This hidden truth is brought to light through the revelation of the truth of the cross. It is the mystery of the cross and the manifold wisdom of God that, even today, the principalities and powers (Satan and his fallen angels) are observing as it is worked out for God's glory thru the church, the body of Christ. Eph 3:10.
Ancient Church Father, Gregory of Nyssa, was the first one to see that Jesus on the cross was the bait for Satan's destruction. This "fish hook theory" was first mentioned in Gregory's writing of The Great Catechism. He wrote, and I totally agree, that the humanity of Jesus was the bait and the diety of God, underneath Jesus' humanity, was the fish hook.
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