A theological poem using the rhyme scheme known as anapaestic tetrameter found in Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Twas before the beginning when God formed a plan to create heavens and earth and even a man. Before earth’s big debut, there was a prior start. The angels were created and given a part. Praising the Ancient One in His glorious light. The winged creatures serve Him all day, there’s never night.
But wait. How can we know the order of these things? Can angels rejoice before they’re made by the King? For eternity has no before or after. It’s one endless now without former or latter. Now, if time is the space that’s between two events, then to order them ask: when did the clock commence? Before earth and sky are spoken into being, what else can give things chronological meaning?
Let’s go back to the start before our inception when angels were pure and were without deception.
At the end of the epic poem Job the Lord answers the main character Job with a series of questions that help establish his perspective on his Creator.
In chapters 40 and 41 he asks Job to consider the Behemoth and the Leviathan which seem to be large creatures that we could equate with “pre-historic” dinosaurs like the Brachiosaurus and the Mosasaurus (made famous in Jurassic Park).
In the intervening millennia, we may not be able to behold the Behemoth nor the Leviathan as it seems Job was. However, we have been afforded the great privilege of living during a time of great discoveries about the universe. What we are able to behold is perhaps even more incredible than these creatures were.
This got me thinking. How might the Lord respond to a person today that struggles with the problems of evil, justice and the vastness of the universe. This exploration relies on various scriptures and replaces the Behemoth and the Leviathan with some of the majestic images from the farthest reaches of the universe.