The Lion
of Judges? This is it, "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came
skeleton of the lion,-as I told you when speaking of the bee. He promised some of his
friends that he would give them thirty sheets and thirty changes of raiment, if they
would find it out in seven days; but they would not have been able to do it, if "What is
sweeter than honey, and what is stronger than a lion?"
The boldness of the lion is noticed in a verse in Isaiah: "Like as the lion and the young
lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he
will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them." In Proverbs,
28 : 1, you will read, "The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous is as
bold as a lion." This is true, dear child; and if you will love God and trust the kind
Savior, there is nothing in all the wide world of which you need be afraid. God can take
care of you as he did of Daniel, even if you were shut up in a dark cave with cruel and
hungry lions around you.
The lion lies in his den and sleeps in the daytime, but at night he goes out to find his
food. His eyes are a little like those of a cat, and he can see in the night better than
we can. The Bible says, "Thou makest darkness and it is night; wherein all the beasts
of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat
from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in
their dens." It has soft feet, like a cat, so that it can creep quietly along and not
frighten the animals that it means to kill, till it comes very near them. Sometimes the
lion lies in his den, very still, until some animal comes by; then he gives a sudden
spring, and seizes it just as a cat seizes a mouse. The Bible says, when speaking of a
wicked man, "He lieth in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; he lieth in wait to catch the
poor; he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net."
The lion has very strong claws hidden in the soft cushion of his paws, and when he has
caught his prey he uses them to tear it in pieces. His tongue is like that of a cat, only
a great deal more rough, and with this he can strip the flesh off from the bones. David
in one of the Psalms prays that God will save him from an enemy, "Lest," he says, "he
tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces when there is none to deliver."
The roaring of the lion is very terrible, especially at night. He seems to delight to be
wandering around for his prey when it is dark and stormy; then when he puts his
mouth near the ground, his roaring sounds like thunder, and all the animals that hear
it are full of fear. You have read of Satan, that most wicked being, who would be glad
to make us as wicked as he is; the Bible says he is like "a roaring lion, walking about,
seeking whom he may devour." Let us pray God to keep us safe from this roaring lion.
Christ is sometimes called "the Lion of the tribe of Judah." He is always gentle and
kind to those who love him; but if we will not receive him as our Savior, the day is
coming when he will meet us in judgment; then where can his enemies hide
themselves.