“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: Bible study demands careful attention and focused attention; you cannot read and interpret bible text in a hurry.
Revelation 5:5 is the text we want to subject to proper scriptural scrutiny as we examine a body of scriptures to see and debunk the terminology “lion” used to describe Jesus in the text. Having subjected the text to rules of interpretation, the text stands alone falling under the law of single mention; and thus, failing in the corroboration law of interpretation. Since this text stands alone, the concept of Jesus being the lion of the tribe of Judah in our teachings and songs in the church world will be out of place. Because it fails the corroboration rule, Jesus can’t be the lion of the tribe of Judah.
By examining this context and a body of scriptures, it will now be clear if the elder who said that erred because of the mindset the Jews had about God’s character in the Hebrew texts (Old Testament) which Jesus in the incarnation came to correct. It is noteworthy that the statement “the lion of the tribe of Judah” came from one of the elders who in this instance was a Jew. A clearer explanation of that statement can be read in the next verse (the post-text) which reads “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6). How can you in one breath call him a lion? In explaining further, you call him a “lamb”. Is he a lion and a lamb at the same time? Let’s study further in subsequent days. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Pay attention to details while studying.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The bible is an intelligent material that demands a quality of intelligence in your reading and interpretation of it.
DAILY READING: MORNING: REVELATION CHAPTER 5; EVENING: JOHN CHAPTER 1