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Rev. 5:5: “But one of the elders said to me, “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.”

The last time we talked about Jesus as the Lamb of God. What would seem an opposing title is today’s topic, the Lion of Judah.

One of those questions you ponder when you have time to think about it, is, “Why is the lion called the King of the Beasts/Jungle?” Some light research led me to Quora.com, where I took a few samples of information that came up on my Google search:

“Lion is known to be the King of Beasts (“king of the jungle” would be a misnomer) across most cultures of the world. This is mostly because of a lion’s appearance and partly because of the social structure of a pride and the lion’s role in the pride.” “It is usually called the king of beasts because of its royal appearance the mane gives lions, and because they live in prides.” – Why is the lion called ‘The King of beasts’? – Quora (https://www.quora.com/Why-is-the-lion-called-The-King-of-beasts)

As a young child I saw an animated version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe on television. At the time I didn’t recognize the simile that C.S. Lewis was weaving into the Chronicles of Narnia – this was my first exposure to it. I remember the scene where Aslan the Lion lays down his life on the altar and is killed by the White Witch; at the time, I thought, “but he is the hero, right?” Then when Susan and Lucy discover the altar broken and that Aslan lived again….then, I recognize who Aslan represented (no wonder Lewis chose a lion as the representation!):

“Aslan is the only character to appear in all seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia. Aslan represents Jesus Christ, according to the author, C. S. Lewis, who uses the allegory in the books that Aslan is the Lion and the Lamb, which also says in the Bible about God.” – Aslan | The Chronicles of Narnia Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia (narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Aslan).

The lion is seen as king; what better title for Jesus Christ, our King, than the Lion of Judah.

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verse 39: “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.”

We recently did a children’s musical in our church entitled “King of the Jungle”. In it, a beleaugered work-stressed dad chaperoning his son on a tour of the King’s Animal Kingdom discovers that the Lord of creation can be the King of your heart. In the musical, two monkeys happen to be following the tram and wise-cracking about comments the tour guide and kids are making. One of their comments talks about when one of the kids comments that “my dad says we all come from the monkeys”. The monkeys reply to each other, “Ha! They should be so lucky! Yeah, who came up with that ridiculous story?”

I have a footnote in my Bible from a previous sermon on this passage that states “The truth wins over evolution”. Make no mistake, no matter what is taught in school these days, God created man in His image…and our Creator doesn’t look like a monkey!

Have a blessed day!

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