Friday, October 13, 2017

Christian Outdoor Object Lesson 55: Under the Lion’s Roar

Key Verse

“One of the elders said to me, “Don’t weep. Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome;” Revelation 5:5a (WEB)


Have you ever heard a lion roar? It is immersive to say the least. A full grown African lion’s roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8 km) away. A lion’s roar can mean many different things, but it is how they communicate with the rest of their pride or family group. It may be saying: “Where are you?” or “Time to eat.” or “Time to come home.” When a rival lion comes into his territory, a lion’s roar means, “This is my land, my people, my family! Leave or perish!”

So, even though the male lion may look lazy, their job is the protection of the entire pride. When that rival lion comes and decides to stay, it is up to the lion to fight the rival until one of them dies or the rival runs away.

Is it not amazing that Jesus attributes himself with lions? Jesus is strong and fierce as a lion, but more importantly, he is our protector. Jesus’ “roar” tells us where he is, what he wants, and ultimately when it is time to come home. Whenever that rival lion known as the Devil comes around, he must face Jesus in order to take us, but Jesus never loses. He is our “Lion of Judah,” our protector and king.


Why does the Bible compare Jesus to a lion rather than some other animal?

Jesus will protect us no matter what, but can we choose to leave his protection?

Does having a protector as fierce as a lion make you feel safe?

Written by Jean-Luc Mercado