Learning How To Play Nice

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

Which 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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2 Responses to Learning How To Play Nice

  1. Jeannie says:

    So interesting you should post on this Tim b/c I was just watching the movie “Life of Pi” this evening: a hyena, zebra, orangutan, tiger, and human being, all in the same boat (literally).

    I really like that thought about the Lion and Lamb becoming one.

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