And the Dog Shall Lie Down with the Deer

Dogs chase deer and deer run away from dogs, right? Not this dog and deer; they frolic, gambol, lark and romp.

This reminds me of Isaiah’s prophecy:

The wolf will live with the lamb,  the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling  together;  and a little child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6.)

What Isaiah didn’t know, though, is that the lion and the lamb would become one:

“See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne. (Revelation 5:5-6.)

John is told to look at the triumphant Lion of Judah, and he sees the Lamb that was slain. That seems odd at first, but then we read:

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Revelation 5:9.)

The Lamb is triumphant precisely because he was slain. It did not take a lion’s strength and ferocity. It took a Lamb’s death.

Jesus is worthy because he died. Jesus triumphed because he died. We live forever in Jesus because he died.

Worthy is he who was slain.

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9 Responses to And the Dog Shall Lie Down with the Deer

  1. Amen. I love the line from a popular praise & worship hymn: “Who would have thought that a Lamb could rescue the souls of men?”

    Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.

  2. Aimee Byrd says:

    This is such a great addition to the small group study we just did on meekness, thanks Tim.

  3. David Ramos says:

    It’s pretty cool how around Easter and Christmas time you can’t really tell one story without telling the other!

  4. Worthy is the lamb who was slain.

    Pretty much sums up the incarnation, the atonement, the resurrection… it’s the basis for all of the Christian life…

    It’s all one.

    • Tim says:

      Right, Elena. When you think about it, lambs are babes, not adults, yet this Lamb bore our sins as one who is fully able to carry such a burden.

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