AS A ROARING LION

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

As a roaring lion is used as a biblical reference to one's enemy; and as such is a descriptive narrative used many times in God's Word.  The lion is a large carnivorous animal found in Southern Asia and in most parts of Africa.

It is the national emblem of Great Britain.  There is also the Lion of St. Mark, a winged lion, reported as the emblem of the evangelist Mark, noted by a bronze surmount on a granite column in Venice, with the lion holding a open book in its fore paws representing St. Mark's Gospel.  


As a Roaring Lion
(Samson and the Lion)

In the Book of Judges we are told that Samson, with his father and mother, were in a vineyard; and that as he turned away from his parents, perhaps to eat some grapes, a young lion roared and came against him.

Scripture reveals: And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson, and he rent (or laid) hold on him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his mother or father what he had done (Judges 14:6).  God's Spirit would later come on Samson many times to give him victory over Israel's enemy the Philistines.

Messiah Compared to a Lion

In the Book of Hosea as a roaring lion is in reference to the coming Messiah (or Deliverer):  They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west (Hosea 11:10). 

A Bible commentary noted: The Messiah was compared to a lion for his strength and courage, and for the fierceness of his wrath against his enemies; and his voice and words, like the roaring of a lion, exceeding loud and reaching far, even to the uttermost parts of the earth. 

Jesus is identified as the foretold Messiah.  Scripture reveals:  He (or Andrew) first finds his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted (or translated), the Christ (John 1:41). 

Delivered from the Mouth of the Lion

Scripture reveals:  The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken (Job 4:10).  The teeth of lions are very strong in both jaws; they have fourteen teeth, four cutters, four canine type teeth, and six grinders.  All intended to do their destructive work; except when broken, then the lion perishes for lack of prey.

Scripture reveals that the apostle Paul was delivered out of the mouth of the Lion.  The reference is to his being delivered from death many times, which like a lion, would seek to devour him.  The apostle Paul stated:  The Lord stood with me and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known: and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion (2 Timothy 4:17).

One's Adversary

Scripture reveals: Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil; as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).  This is on account of his strength, rage, and malice, which he as a roaring lion, breathes out against the saints.

Sobriety and watchfulness is necessary in the life of a Christian: for unless one is sober in body and mind, he will not be watchful enough against the snares of the devil and the world.  There is an assurance given in God's Word:

Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you (1 Peter 5:9-10).

Attempt to Suffocate the Godliness of Man

We are living in a time that evilness is attempting to suffocate the godliness of man.  As a roaring lion it breathes on those who attempt to live a godly life in Christ Jesus.  Scripture reveals:  Inasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.  That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God (1 Peter 4:1-2).

Wherein they (or the ungodly) think it strange that you run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you (1 Peter 4:4).  Neither yield (or present) your members as instruments (or weapons) of unrighteousness unto sin but yield (or present) yourselves to God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments (or weapons) of righteousness unto God (Romans 6:13). 

And to be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind; that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).  The believer is to walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

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