The Bible And Lions

Lions are legendary for their strength, beauty, and fearlessness. The lien has been called the king of the beach and the king of the jungle, and in the Bible, Jesus is called the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5). The Lion symbolism expands our understanding of Jesus in the manger (Luke 2:7) and the suffering Savior on the cross (Isaiah 53:7), revealing Jesus as the conquering king of Kings, a roaring lion takes vengeance on his enemies (Revelation 19:16).

Lions are mentioned in several contexts throughout Scripture, sometimes positively to describe God (Hosea 11:10) and sometimes negatively is symbolic of evil and destruction (Proverbs 28:15). Peter compare Satan as a “roaring lion” and warns us to beware of the enemy schemes that will destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). A lions roar can be heard up to 5 miles away and it is intended to terrify all to hear it. Lions roar to establish their territory and to communicate their power. But a roar can do nothing. It is threatening but powerless until we give in to fear and allow the lion to overtake us. Satan, roars his threats, doubts, and accusations in an effort to terrify us into giving up so he can defeat us (Ephesians 6:11-16). But even the threat of the roaring lion cannot overcome those who stand firm in the armor of the Lord (Romans 8:37).

Lions are featured in the description of the cherubim surrounding God’s throne. “ and every one had four faces: The first face was the face of a cherub, and a second face was a face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle” (Ezekiel 10:14).

Some assert that the president of the lion space symbolizes the boldness of God’s character. Either suggest that the Lions be represented God rule over the beasts.

Isaiah 11 describes the coming era when Jesus reigns on earth. Peace and harmony will dominate even the animal kingdom. verse 6 paints a picture of this time: “The wool also sells well with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the goat, and the cow of the young lion with the fattened calf together; and a little child will lead them.”

The image of a lions lying peaceful beside baby calves describes a world restored to its original state. Isaiah 65:25 continues this idea: “The wolf and the lamb feed together, And the lion will eat straw like the Ox; and death shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroyed in all my holy mountain says the Lord.” (Genesis 1:30).

Ultimate peace has been established when carnivores no longer kill to eat, and, in the millennial kingdom, The king of beasts is tamed. The Bible uses hundreds of metaphors and images to describe the indescribable God Almighty. Animals and other forms of nature can help us understand specific aspects of God’s character. Jesus is called the Lamb of God (John 1:36) to illustrate His gentleness and willingness to be the sacrifice for our sins. But He is also called the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) to display His absolute authority and power over all creation. A lion may be the king of the jungle, but the Lion of Judah is the Kings of kings.

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