In Like a Lion  

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The old saying goes, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." March is living up to its reputation so far. We had heavy, heavy winds to bring the month to bear on us. Now we will wait to see how the months walks out. While we wait, I thought I'd ponder the lion.

King of the jungle is one of the respects that we know him. Why? It's not that he is the largest cat -- that distinction goes to the tiger. I think it's because he's regal in his bearing and fearsome in his demeanor. Look at the references we have to lions to choose from.

Aslan. C.S. Lewis chose a lion to be the central figure in his collections of books about a fantastical land. He is dangerous, and makes us nervous to think about. Mr. Beaver had it right in his assessment, "Safe? . . . Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good." And this leads me to the one that Aslan represents.

The Lion of Judah. Jesus is the King, the Lion of Judah. He's the one who roars and then lays down with the lamb.

In my study recently I learned something that caused me to understand why lions are so big in our minds in representing an awsome king.

"Does a lion roar in the thicket when he has no prey? Does he growl in his den when he has caught nothing?" (Amos 3:4)

The lion's habit is to roar in order to frighten, paralyze, and pounce on his prey. He does so to let the prey know that he is there, and that he should be feard. After he has dragged the victim back to the den to provide for the cubs, after all have feasted on the kill, the lion growls with satisfaction.

Is he safe? Of course he isn't, but he's king.

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