Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Young Lions Do Go Hungry, pt. 1

Psalms 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. 

Christian are described as “sheep,” not “lions.” I know we know that, but sometimes Christians think we are lions.  There are basically no analogies in the Bible where individual men are referred to clearly as lions.

Satan is referred to as a “roaring lion.” Jesus Christ is. of course. the Greatest Lion:

“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

I love that verse!

The enemies of God’s people are listed as lions a few times in the Old Testament, Babylonians and such. Lions because they were fierce enemies of God’s people.

Saul and Jonathan are referred to, in their eulogy, as “stronger than lions” (2 Sam. 1). Not lions exactly. One time in Ezekiel 19, Israel is referred to as a lion, but a lion that is taken into captivity and shipped to Egypt. So Israel is a powerless lion — sort of embarrassing. 

We? Just sheep. We can be leaders.  We can be strong or even brave. Shepherds will tell stories of brave sheep that will not back down in the face of a predator. They stand up tall and hold their ground (and wait for help to arrive). Considering how lacking in weapons they are, I would say that is true bravery.

Even the best of man, though they can be exceptional compared to other men, are defenseless in the face of disease, their personal weaknesses, death, and hell.  Man is not as great or powerful as he thinks he is.

As the defense of the sheep is their shepherd, so the safety of believers is the Lord God. God watchful eye and great power keep us. I always want to be under that protection.