The Lion of Judah

Hi Everyone!

We are currently in New York hanging out with some alumni.  We’ve been having a great time!  We also have been blessed with some great opportunities for rest, so God is faithful.

One of our songs that we play this year is called, “Lion and the Lamb” by Bethel.  The first half of the chorus goes like this:

Our God is a lion, the Lion of Judah!

He’s roaring with power and fighting our battles.

Who can stop the Lord Almighty?

This is pretty great!  God is powerful and strong.  There are countless passages throughout scripture where God is cited as fighting for us (ex. Romans 8:31).

However, as I was reading my Bible this morning, I stumbled across a verse in Hosea 5:13-15:

When Israel and Judah saw how sick they were,
    Israel turned to Assyria—
to the great king there—
    but he could neither help nor cure them.
I will be like a lion to Israel,
    like a strong young lion to Judah.
    I will tear them to pieces!
I will carry them off,
    and no one will be left to rescue them.
Then I will return to my place
    until they admit their guilt and turn to me.
For as soon as trouble comes,
    they will earnestly search for me.

Man… that makes you think twice about celebrating that God is like a lion… You see, in this point of the Bible, Israel had rebelled against God a countless number of times.  They deserved to be punished and nothing on earth could protect them from the wrath of God.  The anger of God can be like the attack of a lion.  Nothing can stop it.

After reading this verse, it made me think, “How can we celebrate that God is like a lion?”

I did some research and this metaphor is not alone.  There are countless times throughout scripture that wrath is referred to as a lion.  BUT I did find Hosea 11:9-11

No, I will not unleash my fierce anger.
    I will not completely destroy Israel,
for I am God and not a mere mortal.
    I am the Holy One living among you,
    and I will not come to destroy.
For someday the people will follow me.
    I, the Lord, will roar like a lion.
And when I roar,
    my people will return trembling from the west.
Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt.
    Trembling like doves, they will return from Assyria.
And I will bring them home again,”
    says the Lord.

Why do these people come running to the Lion?

Because He became the Lamb for us.

We all deserve the lion-like wrath of God because we have gone against Him and His commandments.  But God, who is rich in mercy and grace, loved YOU so much that He gave up His position as the powerful lion to become a weak sacrificial lamb.  He paid the price that we deserved to pay by receiving the wrath of God on the cross.

But the Lion didn’t stay dead.  He rose again!  And if you have faith and believe in Jesus as your Savior, then you can have access to the one who is now “roaring with power and fighting our battles!”

Who can stop the Lord Almighty?