A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
The Creator God loves to boast of His creation, and this proverb directs your attention to the king of beasts. The lion is first in the list of four things that go well and are comely in going (Pr 30:29). Here is a beautiful sight, and you should understand it and rejoice in it.
The worship of God includes meditating on His great works (Ps 77:11-12; 143:5), and His creation of wonderful animals is certainly one of His great works. He thought the animal creation of the sixth day was good (Gen 1:24-25), and you should give Him glory for it. It was common for believers of both testaments to address the Lord in prayer by referencing His creative power in the animal kingdom (Neh 9:6; Acts 4:24).
When did you last visit a zoo? Zoos are not just for children, though parents can certainly teach children about God and creation at the zoo. It is a place where mature Christians can worship their Creator by seeing many of His wonderful works. Plan a trip there soon.
Do you rejoice in His creative genius? Do the different features of the great variety of creatures He made fascinate you? Consider how each one reproduces after his own kind, according to the Creator’s rules. Do you love the lion? God boasts of it! Give Him glory!
God forced Job to consider the generative traits of wild goats (Job 39:1-4), the independent spirit of wild asses (Job 39:5-8), the cantankerous strength of the rhinoceros (Job 39:9-12), the beauty of the peacock’s feathers (Job 39:13), the stupidity and ignorant courage of the ostrich (Job 39:13-18), the strength and glory of the horse (Job 39:19-25), and the wonderful traits of the hawk and eagle (Job 39:26-30) – and He did this all in one chapter of the Bible. These are only some of those creatures by which He humbled Job. Have you considered behemoth (Job 40:15-24) and leviathan (Job 41:1-34)?
But what of the lion? His beauty is the great strength and fearlessness with which he carries himself. You should consider the male lion for his much greater size and regal appearance. His head and mane are glorious! He is a beautiful and frightening sight!
A male lion is magnificent! He may grow to 10 feet in length (not counting the tail), 4 feet in height (at the shoulder), and weigh 600 pounds. An average lion has a vertical jump of 12 feet and can run over 40 mph for short distances. His fore body is so strong that he can knock a zebra off its feet and break its back with a swipe of his paw. His roar is so powerful and loud it can be heard six miles away.
For those who love the tiger, you do well, but consider two things; tigers did not live near Israel, and both God and man have designated the lion as the king of beasts.
The Holy Spirit chose the lion as a picture of Satan’s character and danger to saints, appropriately requiring your sober vigilance (I Pet 5:8). As a lion stalks its prey to greedily devour the weak and careless, so the devil is watching for saints to give him a little opportunity to leap on them and devour their souls. Yet, if you will resist him, he will flee from you, as Peter and James wrote (I Pet 5:9; James 4:7).
However, God the Holy Spirit also chose the lion to represent the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the twenty-four elders in heaven told John that Jesus was the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5). He is the glorious and regal Saviour of your soul, if you are one of God’s elect. Jacob had indicated this grand picture of Christ thousands of years earlier (Gen 49:8-12).
You need not ever wonder which lion is stronger, for Jesus proclaimed He was stronger (Luke 11:18-22); the devils tremble with horrible fear at the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 1:23-28). His Father and your Father has exalted Him far above all principalities and powers in this and all other worlds (Eph 1:19-23; Col 1:15-19).
Give glory to Jehovah today for the comely glory of the regal lion, but remember that the greatest visible glory in the universe is found in the Lion of the tribe of Judah, even the Lord Jesus Christ. Adore and praise Him today, dear reader. He is coming soon in power and great glory to be admired by all them that believe and to destroy all His enemies.