“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: Giving 100% attention to details in reading is how you will arrive at 100% comprehension of the read material.
We have established previously with a body of scriptures that the word “lion” in the New Testament books of the bible is not a positive adjective. Lets observe 1Peter 5:8 again closely, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. Notice that the word “lion” was used in tandem with the word “adversary” – again, indicating an opposition. The word “devour” was translated from the Greek word “katapino”; it means to swallow up or to drown. It was used by the writer of the book of Hebrews to indicate how the Egyptians got drowned in the sea; “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do where drowned” (Hebrews 11:29).The New Testament writers used the word “lion” for persecution. Other New Testament Greek usages of the word “lion” are in the book of Revelation which was figuratively used.
The narratives under the Old Testament did not paint a lion in good light. A lion killed a prophet of God in 1Kings 13, and a lion took a lamb from David’s flock (1Samuel 17). Judah was called a lion, “Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up” (Genesis 49:9). The description by Jacob here is a lion that is ready to devour his prey. No such narrative was used for Jesus even though Jesus is from the tribe of Judah. Jesus’ kingdom is not a violent one. Follow through the study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Study patiently and carefully.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: A student of the scriptures must be given to the study of scriptures.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 49; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2