This painting concerns the eternal story. God will defeat evil. "The Lord will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea," Isaiah 27:1. Melville's Moby Dick, Captain Ahab is killed by the white whale, the symbol of a malevolent, vengeful God. And Hemmingway's, The Old Man and The Sea protrays the hopeless eternal condition of man. Only the God-man, Jesus, can slay Leviathan and the curse of death and evil by his own death and sacrifice.