Have you seen Disney’s The Lion King? That scene where Rafiki points Simba to the top of Pride Rock where he would be proclaimed king is my favorite: the slow-motion walk, Zazu’s dropped jaw, the awe in Pumbaa and Timon’s eyes as their little guy ascends to his rightful place, the clouds parting as the rain ends, and Simba smiles, knowing now he has always had his father’s favor on him…
And then..HE ROARS!!!!
Little wonder the hyenas were gone from the second movie! ^_^
My Facebook friend, John P. Cwynar, recently wrote this:
“Lions roar, not when stalking prey, but when they are are marking out their territory. Their purpose is to assert their presence and strength, and attempt to bring terror to any who are in their territory.”
He was talking about the bible verse “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8), and he said that the key phrase is “like a roaring lion.”
But anyone who has seen documentaries about lions – or even just The Lion King! – would know that lions don’t roar while they stalk prey (remember Mufasa giving Simba a pouncing lesson?). That would defeat the purpose. I have heard some say that the lion will roar, scaring the prey, making them run away from the roar and into the waiting lionesses’ jaws. But I have not seen this tactic featured in documentaries about lions. Bottlenose dolphins, yes, but not lions (The Challenges of Life from Sir Richard Attenborough’s Life documentaries). Altho dolphins don’t roar….
I digress, sorry.
The enemy of our souls has no more territory. When Jesus rose from the dead, He rose as the new authority of the earth. The dominion God had given Adam, who surrendered it to the devil by his disobedience, now belongs to the Second Adam, who won it back by His obedience unto death, even death on a cross. That was why Jesus’ final words on earth were “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to ME.” (Matthew 28:18, emphasis mine) And maybe that’s why the verse goes “seeking whom he may devour.” I’ve never seen a predator asking his prey for permission to eat him, have you? Yet we unwittingly allow the devil to devour our joy, destroy our hope, and decimate our souls when we credit the roar we hear to him.
It’s not him. He is only going around like a roaring lion, but he is NOT a roaring lion!
Food for thought, huh?
If there is a lion roaring to mark his territory, it is the Lion of the tribe of Judah: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. And his enemies cower at the sound, even as his own find courage in the strength of that roar.
What would Jesus be roaring about, though? I saw two instances in the gospel (I know there are more, but I was skimming through the four books from memory) where He called or cried out in a loud voice: “Lazarus, come forth!” and “It is finished!! Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” Scholars say “It is finished!” is actually one Greek word that means: “Paid!”
And so I believe that this is what Jesus roars out: COME FORTH!!! PAID!!
If you’ve seen The Lion King, you’d know I left something out in the scene I described at the beginning of this post: the lionesses’ response to Simba. The anticipation in their eyes as their rightful king ascends to his place, and then their roaring chorus in answer to his.
One lion’s roar is impressive enough. Can you imagine the effect of that chorus of roars responding? I promise you, you really won’t find any hyenas in the second movie, not even a shadow! ^_^
The lionesses’ roar echoed the lion king’s, as if in agreement and confirmation of his leadership and ownership, perhaps even extending his territory with their answering roar. All enemies within the sound of those roars run and hide. And all other lions roar back.
This was my reply to John’s post:
“Lions mark their territory with their roaring. And Jesus, as the Lion of Judah, would do the same. Isn’t it amazing that of all tribes He will be lion of, it would be Judah: praise. The Lion of Praise. And He dwells within us, so we don’t hear His roar from outside, but from within. And from within us He roars when we declare His praises, when we declare that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof!” Anyone who hears the Lion of Praise roaring as we praise Him are in His territory! And even more, the roar of praise resounds in the heavenlies, in the spirit realm, and Satan himself hears it…. and cowers! He knows that he no longer has any dominion anywhere, except where he can deceive people into thinking that the Lion they hear roaring is him. Let’s roar back! Keep on declaring the praises of Jesus!”
The most powerful roar of the Lioness, the Church, that shakes the very foundations of the earth is the echoing of the roar of the Lion: “PAID!!!! JESUS HAS PAID FOR ALL!!! IT IS FINISHED!!! COME TO HIM!!!” We can tell people that Jesus loves them and wants them to be blessed, but only we tell them of the finished work of Jesus on the cross, the fullness of that love and grace, the completeness of what Jesus has done for them – FOR US! – do we truly echo the Lion’s roar!
And when the Lioness echoes the Lion’s roar, everyone else knows: THE KING LIVES AND HE RULES!!