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The Lion and The Lamb
Published: 5/7/2010 12:17:57 PM


My two girls have many similarities.  They look alike, and it’s a little spooky.  They are both happy children who laugh a lot.  They are both very wiggly.  They are both good eaters (for the most part).  Still, they have very different personalities.


Even after she learned to crawl, Anna would mostly stay where we put her.  She was never tempted by the stairs and, to this day, will not try them unless Mommy and Daddy say it is okay.  Lily, on the other hand, discovered the stairs and pulled herself up on them the week after she learned to crawl.


If Anna encounters a mess, such as spilled food or drink, she immediately wants it cleaned up.  If her shirt gets dirty, she wants to change it.  She wants nothing to do with the gooier stations at “messy play” events.  Lily, on the other hand, will run her fingers through the gooey mess every chance she gets.


When Anna gets even a slight ouchie, big crocodile tears stream down her face.  She makes her way over to Mommy, and spends a great deal of time “recovering.”  Lily will fall with a loud thud and just keep going.  Even when she has a really big tumble, she will cry for a bit and move on.  Their ouchie cries differ, too.  Anna’s is a sad, sorrowful cry whereas Lily’s is a short burst in protest of being slowed down or inconvenienced.


These differences could very well be due to their age.  Anna is three years old, and Lily is nine months old, though she thinks she’s three. J


As I think about the differences in the girls’ personalities, it hits me that Anna is my lamb -- very tender, sweet, cuddly, and tame, and Lily is my lion -- fearless, strong, loud, and daring.  Combined, they are everything a mommy could need, and I couldn’t do without either of my uniquely wonderful girls.


I thought about this idea -- my lion and my lamb -- for a few days, and all the while a song about Jesus being the Lion and the Lamb kept coming to mind.  Jesus is surely called the Lamb of God throughout Scripture.  But, there is only one reference to Jesus as Lion.


Revelation 5:5b refers to Jesus as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah.”  Revelation is a cryptic book.  It is suggested that Revelation was written in code so that its imprisoned author, John, could get it past the guards so it wouldn’t be confiscated.  The funny thing is, its hearers would have actually understood the code.  Today, it just seems weird, but let’s look at it anyway.


In chapter 5, John is sharing a section of his revelation, his glimpse of the end of the world that God gave him.  In this particular section, John is recalling that he saw a scroll that was sealed and he was weeping because no one could open it.  But an elder tells him that there is someone who can open it, the “Lion of the tribe of Judah,” which he also calls the “Root of Jesse,” a designation that is used exclusively to describe Jesus in other parts of the Bible.   The Lion of the tribe of Judah can do what no one else can: open the scroll.


But, in the next breath, the Lion of the tribe of Judah is all of a sudden, a “Lamb, looking as if it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6b).  The Lamb was “worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals” (Revelation 5:9a).  The Lion of the tribe of Judah becomes the Lamb.  Listen to what they say about Him:


"…with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” Revelation 5:9b.


The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Messiah, the victorious King, strong and fearless, became the Lamb who was slain.  Our strong and fearless God allowed Himself to become tame in a way, humbling Himself to be born into our world and to bear our burdens as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.


He is everything we need all wrapped into one, our Lion and our Lamb.


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