“A lion, which is mighty among beasts and does not turn away from any.” Proverbs 30:30 (NKJV)
“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?” Genesis 49:8-9 (NKJV)
We have a mighty and powerful Savior. His name is Jesus, but He is also known as “The Lion Of Judah.” This name originates back to the book of Genesis. The patriarch, Jacob (“Israel”) gave this symbol to his tribe upon blessing his son Judah in Genesis 49:9. Jesus is a descendant of King David, who was from the Tribe of Judah.
Powerful animals with mighty roars, sharp claws, and terrifying teeth, lions fearlessly chase and devour their prey. They will not turn away from any foe. Rather, their very presence will intimidate and rouse fear. Lions have the respect of all animals, for they acknowledge his rule and authority.
Jesus is all-powerful. He is mighty to save and will defend and protect His own. He will chase down our enemies and intimidate any who dare to challenge our authority, when we speak in His name. This includes Satan and all the spirits of darkness.
Though we may be harassed by evil or temptations, Jesus will be at our side the minute we call upon His name and ask for His help. With the Lion of Judah, we can resist the devil and he must flee (James 4:7). There is power in His name and we are fools if we do not recognize and claim it as our own.
Many references to the lion in Scriptures are about his powerful voice. Could this be so that God’s children always hear Him calling? Is it also so that His roar will instill fear in the hearts of His enemies? As it is written in Amos 3:8, “A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” Then there is also Proverbs 19:12 “The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.”
The Lion of Judah does hold His own children accountable and expects them to battle sin. In 2 Kings 17:25 there is a reference to God using lions as agents of divine punishment, and in Hosea 5:14 we read how His just actions are lion-like in nature. He hands out judgment with wisdom and justice.
Finally, Jesus is also mentioned as the Lion of Judah in the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation. In this chapter He is triumphant and victorious over all evil. Upon Him we can place our trust. He is our Protector, Redeemer, and Savoir. He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads and cares about every detail of our lives.
If you are facing persecution, storms, or fearsome struggles call upon the Lion of Judah to defend and protect you from harm. He is faithful and will not allow anything to happen beyond your frame and ability. When we are weak He is strong, thus He reveals His power and glory through us during such difficult times. Praise be to our Lord, the Lion of Judah!
(Judah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew word for praise.)
“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.” Hosea 5:14 (NKJV)
“I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage, and there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them.” Hosea 13:8 (NKJV)
“And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.” 2 Kings 17:25 (NKJV)
“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! 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.” Revelations 5:5 (NKJV)