Shadows of Messiah – The Lion

Shadows of Messiah - Lion

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The lion is an incredible shadow picture of Messiah Jesus. From its title of King of the beasts to its association with bravery and courage to its earth shaking growl, shadows of Messiah are displayed.

Scripture speaks of Messiah as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Gen 49:9 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?
Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

The lion is a symbol of Israel, which is another name for Messiah (Isaiah 49:3-6; Luke 2:29-32; Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1).

Num 24:5 How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
Num 24:6 As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
Num 24:7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.
Num 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
Num 24:9 He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Israel means one who overcomes/prevails with God (Revelation 2:7, 11, 26-27, 3:5, 21; 21:7; John 16:33; 1 John 4:4; 5:3-5). The Lion of Judah is THE Overcomer (Revelation 5:5; John 16:33).

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Lion Hero

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The Greek word for lion is λεών ‘leon’ from whence comes the Latin word for lion, ‘leo,’ and the English version ‘lion.’

λεών ‘leon’ has the meaning of a lion but also a “brave and mighty hero.” The corresponding word in Hebrew is גיבור ‘gibor’ from the root word גבר ‘gabar’ which means strength, authority, to prevail. All of these are themes of the lion.

2 times in Scripture, the word גביר ‘gabbiyr’ is translated as Lord.

Notice that גבר ‘gavar’ comes from the root בר ‘bar.’ This is the word used in reference to Christ as the King in Psalm 2.

Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son (בר ‘bar’), lest He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Oh the blessings of all those who flee to Him for refuge!

This Son is the Lord

Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. A declaration of Jehovah to my Lord: Sit at My right hand, until I place Your enemies as Your footstool.

Psa 45:3 Gird Your sword on Your thigh, Mighty One (גבור ‘gibbor’); with Your glory and Your majesty.
Psa 45:4 And ride prosperously in Your majesty, on the matter of truth and meekness and right, and Your right hand shall teach You fearful things.
Psa 45:5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; peoples fall under You.
Psa 45:6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness.

Psa 89:19 Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon one that is mighty {גבור ‘gibbor’}; I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty {גבור ‘gibbor’} God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The word ‘lord‘ comes from the Old English ‘hlafweard’ which means a guardian, or master of a house. Literally, ‘hlaf’ means bread, loaf and ‘weard’ means keeper or guardian.

From the Old English to Middle English ‘hlafweard’ had shortened to ‘lafweard’ or ‘lafford’ and from there to ‘lord.’

The Meaning of “LORD”
“There was a word in the Old English, hlafweard, which translated as “warden (or keeper)” of the loaf. At one time in English history, the “Lord” of the castle had the power of life and death. That is, he could order a man killed and it happened. It was one of the responsibilities of the “Lord” to determine how much bread was alloted to each household. Thus, the translation of hlafweard meant “the one who deals out the daily bread.”

“When Jesus declared Himself the “bread of life (John 6:32-35),” He, in effect, declared Himself the hlafweard. We have no eternal “bread of life” except that given by Jesus. We have no life except that He gives it.”

“Just as the Englishman of 1066 did not eat except by the grace of the hlafweard, even so we today do not eat of the eternal bread of life except through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

This connection to bread is interesting as another word in Hebrew for lion is ליש ‘liysh’ which comes from the word לוש ‘lush’ which means to knead bread as a lion ‘kneads’ its prey when its caught.

Further connecting lions and bread is the shewbread in the Temple which portrayed the 12 tribes of Israel (Leviticus 24:5) and the 12 lions which stood before King Solomon (1 Kings 10:19-20).

In Genesis 6:4, the word גבור ‘giybor’ is translated as ‘mighty men’ or ‘heroes,’ speaking of the heroes of ancient myth. The word ‘hero’ comes from the Greek word ἥρως ‘heros’ which means hero, warrior or more literally a brave protector and defender. The corresponding word in Hebrew ישועה ‘yeshuah’ which pictures a shepherd protecting and defending his sheep from their enemies.  ישועה ‘yeshuah’ is the source of the name Jesus.

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ישועה ‘yeshuah’ also has the meaning of salvation and victory which came from Messiah Jesus whose name comes from this Hebrew word. He is the ‘hero’ who overcame the world to be enthroned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Interestingly, Herod, the false king of Israel got his name from the Greek word ἥρως ‘heros.’

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The brave Shepherd laid down His life as a lamb to save His people.

Joh 10:1 Truly, truly, I say to you, The one not entering through the door into the sheepfold, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a plunderer.
Joh 10:2 But the one entering through the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 The doorkeeper opens to him, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
Joh 10:4 And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 But they will not follow a stranger, never! But they will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of the strangers.
Joh 10:6 Jesus spoke this allegory to them, but they did not know what it was which He spoke to them.
Joh 10:7 Then Jesus again said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you that I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8 All who came before Me are thieves and plunderers, but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in, and will go out, and will find pasture.
Joh 10:10 The thief does not come except that he may steal, and kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and may have it abundantly.
Joh 10:11 I am the Good Shepherd! The Good Shepherd lays down His life on behalf of the sheep.
Joh 10:12 But the hireling, not even being a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and forsakes the sheep and flees. And the wolf seizes them, and scatters the sheep.
Joh 10:13 But the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and there is not a care to him concerning the sheep.
Joh 10:14 I am the Good Shepherd, and I know those that are Mine, and I am known by the ones that are Mine.
Joh 10:15 Even as the Father knows Me, I also know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
Joh 10:16 And I have other sheep which are not of this fold. I must also lead those, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock, one Shepherd.
Joh 10:17 For this reason My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, that I may take it again.
Joh 10:18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down from Myself. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again. I received this commandment from My Father.

There are two words in the New Testament translated as lamb, ἀμνος ‘amnos’ & ἀρνιον ‘arnion.’ The first word, ἀμνος ‘amnos’ used four times, all four times speaking of the Lamb that would be slayed for the salvation of the world (John 1:29, 36; Acts 8:32-35; 1 Peter 1:17-25).

The second word for lamb in the New Testament is ἀρνίον ‘arnion.’ This word is used 30 times in Scripture, all but one time in the book of Revelation. This usage of this word is referring to the victorious Lamb who has lifted up His people. ἀμνός ‘amnos’ speaking of His death & ἀρνίον ‘arnion’ speaking of His resurrection & victory. It is interesting to note that two of the numerous Hebrew words for lamb is כבש ‘keves’ and כשב ‘kesev’ which displays this concept. כשב ‘kesev’ is speaking of a docile lamb while כבש ‘keves’ means to dominate.

Isaac Mozeson describes this submission, conquering connection in the Hebrew words for lamb/sheep.

“The giving of animals to the altar is far more than sacrificing one’s desired wealth. A penitent wishes to conqure his character flaws, to grow from willful, animalistic sinner to obedient lamb…only in the language of the Bible is the gentle lamb and the theme of conquest linked by an identical root.” {The Origin of Speeches: Intelligent Design in Language Pg 191-192}

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Rev 5:6 And I saw, and behold, in the midst of the throne, and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, was a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, having been sent out into all the earth.
Rev 5:7 And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne.
Rev 5:8 And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having harps, and golden bowls full of incenses, which are the prayers of the saints.
Rev 5:9 And they sing a new song, saying, Worthy are You to receive the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and by Your blood purchased us to God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Rev 5:10 and made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign over the earth.
Rev 5:11 And I saw, and I heard a sound of many angels around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders, and their number was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,
Rev 5:12 saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.
Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in Heaven, and in the earth, and underneath the earth, and the things that are on the sea, and the things in all of them, I heard saying: To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.
Rev 5:14 And the four living creatures said, Amen. And the twenty four elders fell down and worshiped the One living forever and ever.

The English word ‘courage’ comes from the Old French word ‘corage’ which means the heart, tracing back to the Latin word ‘cor’ which also means heart. A lion is associated with one who has great courage, a ‘braveheart or ‘lionheart.’ The connection between the heart and the lion will be discussed later.

גבור ‘giybor’ means one of great strength, a valiant one, a hero. The Hebrew word אראל ‘er`el’ has an identical meaning.

BDB Definition:
1) (CLBL) hero, valiant one
2) (BDB) form and meaning dubious
3) (TWOT) Ariel or hearth
Part of Speech: noun masculine
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: probably for H739

Isa 33:7 Behold, their valiant {אראל ‘er`el} ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

אראל ‘er`el’ is connected to the word אריאל ‘ariy`el’ which means lion of God.

אראל אריאל
‘ărı̂y’êl ‘ări’êl
ar-ee-ale’, ar-ee-ale’
From H738 and H410; lion of God, that is, heroic: – lionlike men.

אריה ‘aryeh/aryah’ is the Hebrew word for lion, it is a combination of the words אר ‘ar’ which means light or order and יה ‘Yah’ which is the name of God. This points directly to Messiah Jesus.

Christ Jesus is the Light.

Isa 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Joh 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Christ Jesus is the name/character of God. His Name is the Word (Revelation 19:13; Matthew 12:18-21 – Isaiah 42:1-4)…Jesus is the Word (John 1:14).

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
Mat 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Further connecting גבור ‘gibor’ with the lion is the number 211. גבור ‘gibor’ has the numerical value of 211 as does the word ארי ‘ariy’ (lion). Interestingly, the word הדבר ‘ha`davar’ which means “the Word” also has the numerical value of 211. Messiah Jesus, of course, is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1-14).

Lion King

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Christ Jesus, the King of Kings overcomes all His enemies.

Rev 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and the ones with Him are the called and elect and faithful ones.

Messiah was victorious through the cross.

Col 2:15 having stripped the rulers and the authorities, He made a show of them in public, triumphing over them in it.

Every knee shall bow to Him.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word for bow is שחה ‘shachah’ which is a cognate of one of the Hebrew words for lion, שחל ‘shachal,’ speaking of its crouching while hunting prey.

The lion is called the king of the beasts and has since ancient times been a symbol of royalty. The Scriptures link the lion to kings in a number of places (Proverbs 19:12; 20:2; 1 Kings 10:19-20).

The Lion of Judah is enthroned on the praises of His people.

Psa 22:3 But You are holy, being enthroned on Israel’s praises.

יהודה ‘yehudah’ (Judah/Jew) comes from the Hebrew root ידה ‘yadah’ which means to raise the hands in confession, giving thanks or praise.

Those who call upon and confess His name will be saved.

Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

The LORD will defeat His enemies and rejoice over His people in love.

Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Zep 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
Zep 3:14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.
Zep 3:15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.
Zep 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack.
Zep 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.


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It is through His love that we overcome.

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not heavy.
1Jn 5:4 Because everything having been born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory overcoming the world, our faith.
1Jn 5:5 Who is the one overcoming the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The English word love comes from the Hebrew word לב ‘lev’ which means the heart. This is interesting to note as one of the Hebrew words for lion is לביא ‘laviy’ which comes from this root לב ‘lev.’ לב ‘lev’ literally means the “authority inside” as the heart is the ‘throne’ of man’s mind and pictures the Kingdom of heaven.

The eternal organs in our bodies are a shadow picture of the Kingdom. Scripture declares that our bodies are His Temple (Ephesians 2:21-22; 5:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19). When our hearts are circumcised (Deuteronomy 10:15; 30:6; Jeremiah 32:39-40; Ezekiel 11:19-20, Colossians 2:11-13; Hebrews 4:11-14; Luke 24:31-32) God is enthroned (Romans 10:8-10). In the book of Revelation (Chapter 4) John is shown a vision of the Throne of God. Around His throne are 4 living creatures (Revelation 4:6) which represents the 4 chambers of the human heart. Around the throne and the 4 living creatures are 24 elders (Revelation 4:4) representing the 24 ribs surrounding the human heart.

From the heart blood is pumped to the Lungs. The etymology of the English word ‘Lung’ traces back to the meaning of Light. In our bodies our lungs have 7 vascular bundles called nodes. These represent the 7 Spirits of God (Revelation 4:5; Isaiah 11:1-3) before the throne. These 7 Spirits are pictured in the earthly Tabernacle/Temple by the Menorah. The Menorah is a picture of the Tree of Life. The Light of the world.

Lion – Flame

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The Hebrew word for flame is להב ‘lehav’ which also comes from the root לב ‘lev.’

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The Hebrew word for flame is להב ‘lehav’ which also comes from the root לב ‘lev.’ Scripture links the judgment of the Lord with the flame {להב ‘lehav’} of devouring fire.

Isa 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
Isa 29:7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.

Ariel in Hebrew is אריאל ‘ari`el’ which means lion of God. As mentioned before, Israel/Messiah is pictured by the lion.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames {להב ‘lehav’} of fire.

Isa 10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame {להבה ‘lehavah’} : and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

The phrase ‘most vehement flame’ is a combination of the word שלהבת ‘shalhebet’ which means flame and יה ‘Yah’ which is the name of God.  The flame of Yah.

Keil & Delitzsch commentary on Song of Songs 8:6

Love, in its flashings up, is like fiery flashes of lightning; in short, it is שַׁלְהֶבֶתְיָה…Ben-Naphtali…reads as two words, שַׁלְהֶבֶת יָה… in this form of the word יה is also the name of God, and more than a meaningless superlative strengthening of the idea.

Love of a right kind is a flame not kindled and inflamed by man (Job_20:26), but by God – the divinely-influenced free inclination of two souls to each other, and at the same time, as is now further said, Son_8:7, Son_8:7, a situation supporting all adversities and assaults, and a pure personal relation conditioned by nothing material. It is a fire-flame which mighty waters (רַבִּים, great and many, as at Hab_3:15; cf. עַזִּים, wild, Isa_43:16) cannot extinguish, and streams cannot overflow it (cf. Psa_69:3; Psa_124:4) or sweep it away (cf. Job_14:19; Isa_28:17).

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Psa 86:11 Teach {ירה ‘yarah’} me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear {ירא ‘yare’} thy name.

His name is His Word (Revelation 19:13). The Hebrew word for name is שם ‘shem’ which literally means one’s breathe or character. What is the character of the Almighty? Love (1 John 4:8). Recall that the word love traces back to the Hebrew word לב ‘lev.’

The Hebrew word תורה ‘torah’ is commonly translated as ‘law’ but is more properly defined as God’s will or heart/mind, His message to mankind…His ‘love letter.’

The first letter of the Torah is ב ‘bet,’ the last letter of the Torah is ל ‘lamed,’ the last letter of the TaNaKH is also ל ‘lamed.’ Both forwards (בל ‘bal’ – Aramaic) and in reverse (לב ‘lev’ – Hebrew) the word for heart is seen.

The Hebrew word תורה ‘torah‘ comes from the same root word as the above words ירה ‘yarah’ (teach) and ירא ‘yare’ (fear). This Hebrew root word is יר ‘yar’ which has the meaning of water streams. To teach is to point one or ‘throw’ them in the right direction as rain or lightning is ‘thrown’ down from the heavens during a thunderstorm.  The fear aspect is seen in the power of a storm.

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Thunderstorms naturally bring a sense of fear and awe to man which links to the lion whose roar is likened to thunder. Lions are known for stooping their heads towards the ground and roaring which causes the sound to roll along like thunder for long distances.

Further connecting the lion to thunderstorms is the word אריה ‘aryeh.’ The most common word used for lion is אריה ‘aryeh’ which comes from the root word רה ‘rah’ which means a heavy flow of water.

The voice of God is likened unto this roaring of a lion and thunder from heaven. One of the Hebrew words for thunder is קול ‘qol’ which literally means the voice of the Shepherd.

Amo 1:2 And he said: Jehovah will roar from Zion and utter His voice from Jerusalem. And the pastures of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
Joe 3:16 And Jehovah roars from Zion, and He gives His voice from Jerusalem. And the heavens and the earth quake. But Jehovah is a refuge for His people and a fortress to the sons of Israel.

Jer 25:30 And now you prophesy against them all these Words, and say to them, Jehovah shall roar from on high and give forth His voice from His holy habitation; He shall mightily roar over His dwelling place. He answers with a shout, like those who tread out the grapes, against all those living in the earth.
Jer 25:31 A noise {שׁאון ‘shâ’ôn’} shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.

The word שׁאון ‘shâ’ôn’ pictures a thunderstorm or the sound of many waters.

Jer 25:32 So says Jehovah of Hosts, Behold, evil is going from nation to nation, and a great tempest {סערה ‘se`arah’ – storm} shall be stirred up from the corners of the earth.
Jer 25:33 And the slain of Jehovah shall be at that day from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be mourned, nor gathered, nor buried; they shall be as dung on the face of the earth.
Jer 25:34 Howl, O shepherds, and cry, and roll in ashes, O leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and of your scatterings are fulfilled, and you shall fall like a desirable vessel.
Jer 25:35 And refuge has perished from the shepherds, and escape from the leaders of the flock.
Jer 25:36 The sound of the cry of the shepherds, and the howling from the leaders of the flock will be heard. For Jehovah is spoiling their pasture.
Jer 25:37 And the peaceful pastures are devastated, because of the glow of the anger of Jehovah.
Jer 25:38 Like the young lion, He has left His den; for their land is a waste because of the glow of the oppressor, and because of His flowing anger.

In Jeremiah 25:38, the word for den is סך ‘sok’ which literally means a tent or booth. The Hebrew word for young lion is כפיר ‘kephiyr’ which comes from the word כפר ‘kaphar’ which means atonement. Here the imagery is pointing to the Temple and God arising from His throne (lid of atonement כפרת ‘kaporet’ – Exodus 26:34) to judge the earth (Psalm 80:1).

Lam 3:10 He was a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in secret places.

The Hebrew word for lying in wait or ambush is ארב ‘arav’ which comes from the root רב ‘rav’ which means the head of the house who strives with the enemies of his family. Here is yet another picture of the above concept of God being likened to a bear or lion who tears apart its prey.

Hos 13:4 Yet I am Jehovah, your God from the land of Egypt; and you shall know no other gods than Me. For there is no Savior besides Me.
Hos 13:5 I have known you in the wilderness, in the land of great dryness.
Hos 13:6 According to their pasture, so they were filled. They were filled, and their heart was lifted up. On account of this they have forgotten Me.
Hos 13:7 Now I am as a lion to them; I will watch by the way like a leopard.
Hos 13:8 I will meet them like a bereaved bear, and I will tear the lining of their heart; and as a lion, I will devour them there; the beast of the field shall tear them.
Hos 13:9 O Israel, you are destroyed, but your help is in Me.

The Hebrew word for the roaring of a bear or lion is המה ‘hamah’ which comes from the root הם which is speaking of the roaring of many waters.

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Eze 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. And His voice was like the voice of many waters. And the earth shone from His glory.
Eze 43:3 And the appearance of the vision which I saw was as the appearance which I saw when I came to destroy the city, and as the appearance that I saw by the river Chebar. And I fell on my face.
Eze 43:4 And the glory of Jehovah came into the house, the way of the gate facing eastward.
Eze 43:5 And the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court. And, behold, the glory of Jehovah filled the house!
Eze 43:6 And I heard one speaking to me from the house. And standing beside me was a Man.
Eze 43:7 And He said to me, Son of man, the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, there where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever, even the house of Israel shall not defile My holy name any more, they nor their kings, by their fornication, nor by the corpses of their kings in their high places.

Eze 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.


Luk 17:24 For as the lightning lighting up out of one part under heaven to one part under heaven shines, so also will the Son of Man be in His day.
Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Zec 9:14 Then Jehovah will be seen over them, and His arrow shall go out as lightning; and the Lord Jehovah  shall blow the ram’s horn and shall go forth with the windstorms of the south.

The return of the Messiah is also associated with the blast of the trumpet rehearsed every year on the Feast of Trumpets/Yom Teruah.

תרועה ‘teruah‘ comes from the root רע ‘rah.’ רע ‘rah’ has the meaning of a loud shout, a shout of alarm, of war or of great rejoicing. Isaac Mozeson traces the Hebrew word for lion, אריה ‘aryeh’ back to this root word.

Scripture speaks of the appearance of Messiah to the sun.

Rev 1:14 And the hairs of His head were white as white wool, as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15 and His feet like burnished brass having been fired in a furnace; and His voice as a sound of many waters;
Rev 1:16 and having in His right hand seven stars; and a sharp, two-edged sword proceeding out of His mouth, and His face shining as the sun in its power.

This likening of the brightness of the sun is also spoken of as lightning.

Dan 10:6 His body was also like the beryl, and his face looked like lightning. And his eyes were like torches of fire; and his arms and his feet in color like polished bronze; and the sound of his words were as the noise of a multitude.

His Lightning/Sword

Notice that the root of ברק ‘baraq’ (lightning) is בר ‘bar,’ which as mentioned above points to the Son.

Psa 2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son {בר ‘bar’}, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Lion’s Mane

lion mane

The English word ‘mane’ traces back to the Old English word ‘mene’ which means necklace from the Proto-Indo-European word ‘mon’ which means the neck. In Hebrew, the neck connects to the lion through the word גר ‘gar’ which means a stranger or traveler but also has the sense of fear. The Hebrew word for lion’s whelp is גור ‘gor’ and comes from this root, perhaps from the sound of a lion’s growl and the sense of fear it brings. One of the Hebrew words for neck/throar is גרון ‘garon’ as it is the place where ‘fear’ is felt as well as the place from whence a growl emanates.

Isaac Mozeson traces the English word ‘mane’ back to the Hebrew word מנא ‘mane’ which comes from the root מן ‘man,’ the same root as the word אמומה ’emunah’ which means faith. The theme seen in the lion is that of the victorious King of Kings in whom we are given victory through faith.

1Jn_5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Lion Pride


A family of lions is called a pride which traces back to the Hebrew word שחץ ‘shachats’ which means both lion (Job 28:8) and pride (Job 41:34). Man is only to ‘pride’ himself in the King of Kings (Jeremiah 9:24), no flesh should glory in His presence (1 Corinthians 1:29).

It is interesting to note that satan is also likened to a lion in the Scriptures. It was pride which caused his fall (Ezekiel 28:1-19). Part of Adam and Eve’s transgression was due to pride which led to their condemnation (1 John 2:16). Peter warns believers to stay humble that we aren’t devoured by this being of pride.

1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Pe 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1Pe 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1Ti_3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Denial of God’s Word leads to pride and destruction.

Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Gen 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
1Sa_15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
1Sa_15:26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.
Jer_8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?

1Ti 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
1Ti 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

Those who have the Mind of Christ will be humble.

Php 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Php 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Php 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Mat 12:19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isa 42:2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Isa 42:4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Mat 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. Zec 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

2Co 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1Pe 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
1Pe 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

Mat 20:27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your servant;
Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Gal 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
The weightier matters

Mic 6:8 O man, He has declared to you what is good. And what does Jehovah require of you, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Mat 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and you have left aside the weightier matters of the Law: judgment, and mercy, and faith. It was right to do these, and not to have left those aside.

Pro 21:3 For Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice is to be chosen more than sacrifice.

Zep 2:3 Seek Jehovah, all the meek of the earth who have done His justice; seek righteousness; seek meekness. It may be you shall be hidden in the day of the anger of Jehovah.

1Pe_5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
1Pe_5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Act_20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

2Co 4:5 For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves your slaves for the sake of Jesus.

The Apostles of Christ referred to themselves as servants (James 1:1; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 1:1; Romans 1:1; 1 Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:1). They did not boast of titles or labels, they humbled themselves to serve others in love, the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:10; Galatians 5:14; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 John 4:7-14).

A servant of the Lord is to be meek and humble, pulling others out of the snare of the devil.

2Ti 2:23 But refuse the foolish and uninstructed questionings, knowing that they generate quarrels.
2Ti 2:24 But a slave of the Lord ought not to quarrel, but to be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing,
2Ti 2:25 in meekness teaching those who have opposed, if perhaps God may give them repentance for a full knowledge of the truth,
2Ti 2:26 and they having regained senses out of the snare of the devil, being captured by him to do the will of that one.

Humbled heart = circumcised heart
Lev_26:41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:

What is circumcision of the heart?…The Word written on your heart.
Deu 10:12 And now, Israel, what has Jehovah your God asked of you, except to fear Jehovah your God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul;
Deu 10:13 to keep the commandments of Jehovah, and His statutes which I am commanding you today, for your good.
Deu 10:14 Behold, the heavens and the Heaven of the heavens, the earth and all in it, belong to Jehovah your God.
Deu 10:15 Only, Jehovah has delighted in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their seed after them, on you out of all the peoples, as it is today.
Deu 10:16 And you shall circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and you shall not harden your neck any more.

Deu 30:6 And Jehovah your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Jehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.

Lev 26:40 And if they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their trespass with which they have trespassed against Me; and, also, that they have walked contrary to Me,
Lev 26:41 that I also have walked contrary to them, and I have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are then humbled, and they then have accepted punishment for their iniquity;
Lev 26:42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and also My covenant with Isaac, and I shall also remember My covenant with Abraham, and I shall remember the land.

1Sa 16:7 And Jehovah said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance, nor to the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For man does not see what He sees. For man looks for the eyes, but Jehovah looks for the heart.

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Rom 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Eph 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Will we be a part of the ‘pride’ of the Lion of the tribe of Judah or the ‘pride’ of the lion of destruction? The word for the pit and destruction in Hebrew is שח ‘shach’ which is the root of the word שחל ‘shachal’ which means lion.

Prideful men have an “uncircumcised” heart.

Psa 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
Psa 119:70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

Psa 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Psa 17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
Psa 17:10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
Psa 17:11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
Psa 17:12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Because of this, the Lord will ‘circumcise’ their heart in His wrath.

Hos 13:7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion {שחל ‘shachal’}: as a leopard {נמר ‘namer’ – tiger} by the way will I observe them:
Hos 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.


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