26. Don't fear, the Lion of Judah is with you

Last week we learned that the ten water basins represented the righteousness of God. These basins were placed five on the right side of the Temple and five on the left. And the number of five is grace. Therefore we learned that God's righteousness can only be obtained through grace (God's unmerited, unearned favor). Nothing we can ever do can make us earn God's favor. It is a free gift from above, all because of the finished wonderful work of Christ.

Now today we are going to start to look at the ten carts in which the ten water basins were placed. These carts were beautifully decorated. And I want us to have a look at the symbolism of these carvings on the cart and what it represents.

"And this was the design of the carts: They had panels, and the panels were between frames; and on the panels that were between the frames were lions, oxen, and cherubim." 1 Kings 7:28, 29

A couple of weeks back we had a look at oxen and we came to the conclusion that oxen represents Christians who are strong, loyal, hardworking, groundbreakers, dedicated to Him and Him alone. So today we will have a look at the symbolism locked in the carving of a lion.

Now we all know that the lion is nicknamed the king of the jungle, and with good reason. A lion is a powerful animal (Proverbs 30:30), ready to devour its prey, and not scared of anything. Animals and people alike listen when lions roar.

Lions are also mentioned throughout the Bible in several text verses. I have selected a few. Let's have a look:

Jesus is mentioned as being the Lion of Judah:

"Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." Revelation 5:5.

God is also depicted as roaring like a lion and when He does, His children come - Hosea 11:10. The righteous are also likened to the boldness of a lion - Proverbs 28:1. Nebuchadnezzar/Babylon was depicted as a lion in Daniel 7:4, as they ruled the whole known world.

Lions therefore depict to us rulership, boldness and mighty power. We have all of this, because of His mighty Spirit inside of us! All majesty and power and glory are due to the Lion of Judah that overcame sin and Who will rule this world for all eternity. And we are part of His body and therefore we should stand up for who we are and not be scared of the devil prowling around like a roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8). We should never give him a foothold to come close to us, but we should stay close to the Lion of Judah Who had defeated him.

The devil makes me think of Scar in the Lion King film. He was an outcast lion, not strong enough to defeat Mufasa, the leader of the pride. The devil is the same; he is not strong enough to defeat Jesus. In fact he is an imitator of Christ, trying to be the mighty Lion that He is. But the truth is, he is nothing compared to powerful Jesus. And because he cannot do anything to Him, he walks around looking for rebellious cubs to devour, not staying close to their Leader…. We therefore need to be obedient and listen to the mighty roar of the One looking out for us and stay close to Him.

Look in the mirror today and see the Lion of Judah roaring through you. When you look and you see this reflection, walk with the humble power that comes with it. A lion is not scared of little jackals running all around him. He is not fazed by what the stock markets say, or what the people predict all around him. He is not worried about his cubs, as they will be protected with him around. He roars and animals listen. He roars and troublemakers flee. Stand up as the lion that you are in Him. Walk closely by His side. In His pride you are safe, you are protected, you are fed, and you are loved. Walk proudly in a humble way just as He does. Not thinking better of yourself as others, but knowing who you are with Him walking beside you/ within you. He is the mighty awesome One, forever and ever. And together with Him, whom shall we fear?

Wow! You are the mighty awesome Lion protecting us and caring for us. Thank you Lord for showing this to us! We are so excited to walk this journey with You! Amen

1 comment for “26. Don't fear, the Lion of Judah is with you”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 6:20:07 AM

    What a wonderful reminder to not be afraid! NOTHING can scare me with Him by my side, not only by my side, but also living in me. So anyone looking at me must see Him, the Lion of Judah, and stand in awe....

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