“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: In your reading of the bible, give a careful attention to it.

In our investigation into Revelation 5:5 where we have the statement “the lion of the tribe of Judah”, our analysis from a body of scriptures beginning from the context of that text reveals that the statement is out of place since the scriptures doesn’t use “lion” to describe Jesus but a lamb. Recall, Jesus’ kingdom is not a violent one. 1Peter 2:21-24 says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed”.

So, his kingdom is not a violent one; hence, the need for the correction which came up in the book of Revelation. And we read Revelation 5:6, 5:8-9 previously and it was clear that he wasn’t called a lion but a lamb. Revelation 5:12 says, “Saying with a loud voice, worthy is the lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing”. Verse 13 of Revelation 5 echoes same truth, same with Revelation 6:1 and 7:17. The term “lamb” was used more frequently indicating how he died. Isaiah in his prophesy says, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). This suffices us to say that the book or Revelation must be read and taken cautiously because of the enormous figurative expressions used in the book. From a body of scriptures, it is clear conclusively that he is not a lion. Jesus is being described as a lamb not a lion; hence, the correction that quickly came up in context. Yes, he is from the tribe of Judah; however, not a lion of the tribe of Judah, but a lamb from the tribe of Judah or a lamb of the tribe of Judah. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Handle the bible with care in your reading and interpretation of it.

PRAYER: I declare that my eyes of understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Carefulness is needed in your reading of the bible.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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