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Nov 07 2012

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The Lion

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Animal Stories

 

I am Lion, commonly known as the king of the wild beasts, but actually I represent a far greater king, the King of kings.

Proverbs 30:30 (ESV) – the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;

Symbolism

Lion symbolizes good and evil in the Word of God.  Symbols that lion represent:

  • Tribe of Judah – Genesis 49:9 (NKJV) – Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him?
  • All Israel  when Balaam prophesied over Israel – Numbers 23:24 – 24:9
  • God – Hosea 11:10 (ESV) – They shall go after the Lord; he will roar like a lion; when he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west;
  • Kings of Israel – Ezekiel 19
  • Satan – 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
  • Babylon – Daniel 7:4
  • Pharaoh – Ezekiel 32:2

A strong man tears lion apart

Judges 14

In the Old Testament, when I was still a young lion I was slain by a Nazarene who was also a judge of Israel. Now that was a powerful strong man, he literally tore me apart with his bare hands, as if I was a young goat. It was the Spirit of the Lord that gave this young man, Samson, the miraculous strength. Perhaps, things would have been different if I did not come roaring against Samson, but chose another prey. Anyway, Samson was on his way to Timnah with his parents when this happened.

The story does not end there. Samson had met a young Philistine woman who he wanted to marry. When he passed the carcass he saw a swarm of bees and honey inside. Part of the Nazarene vow is that they are not allowed to touch a corpse or dead things. When Samson saw the honey, he put his hand inside the carcass and took some honey to eat.

I did not kill Samson but I was indirectly the cause that Samson killed thirty men at Ashkelon. At his wedding feast he presented a riddle with a wager. The riddle was: Out of the eater came something to eat. Out of the stronger came something sweet. The wager was ten sets of clothing. Samson did not know that the men of the city had threatened his young bride and she nagged him until he told the answer of the riddle to her, which she then told the men of the city. When Samson realized what had happened he killed thirty men and gave their clothing to the ones that explained the riddle. His new bride was given to his best man.

Monkey: What was the answer to the riddle?

Lion: What is sweeter than honey? What is stronger than a lion?

 

The lion, bear and the disobedient prophet

When David wanted to slay Goliath on behalf of King Saul, they thought he was just a youth that wanted to go up against a veteran soldier, but David quickly established his credentials.

1 Samuel 17:36–37 (ESV) – Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

 

I was not always the one that was killed; there was that one time when I was used to bring judgment.

A man of God, a prophet, had come to Bethel and to give Jeroboam a message from God. The Lord had instructed this prophet to deliver the message but not to eat or drink anything there and to return another way than which he had come. There lived an old prophet in Bethel and when his sons told him about the incident he went after this prophet and invited him to his house. He lied to the younger prophet, who believed him, and he went home with him and they shared a meal. Then my opportunity came.

1 Kings 13:24–25 (ESV) - And as he went away a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood beside it; the lion also stood beside the body.  And behold, men passed by and saw the body thrown in the road and the lion standing by the body. And they came and told it in the city where the old prophet lived.

That was a miraculous day, because God had used my nature to kill the prophet but not the donkey. The donkey and I stood together by the body.

Donkey: You are telling my story, I mean our story. I want to be next.

Lion: All right donkey it is your turn next but I want to share another miracle.

The miracle in the den of lions

Daniel 6

Daniel was in his 80s when his colleagues out of jealousy, manipulated the king, with lies and praises, into a decree that everybody should worship only the king for 30 days. Whoever disobeyed would be killed. Daniel was not prepared to worship another god. He was also not prepared to stop praying to God. Daniel was therefore found guilty and to the king’s distress was thrown into the den of lions.

You must realize, we have not eaten for a while, we were ravenous, but God intervened, because Daniel was innocent. We, the lions, spent the whole night with our mouths held closed by angels. We could only look at our prey. Needless to say, when they removed Daniel the next day and threw down the guilty ones….

Daniel 6:22 (ESV) – My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

Daniel 6:24 (ESV) – And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.

 

Donkey tomorrow is your turn. What clues do you want to give?

I can talk and I was used in a wonderful way.

 

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About the author

Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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