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Lion Tribe Judah (Revelation 5.2-5)

"And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?' But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, 'Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.'" (Revelation 5.2-5)✞

Accomplish God's Salvation

Lion of Judah"A mighty angel" asks who is worthy to open the scroll and who can accomplish God's salvation plan. There is despair at first when no one in Creation can do it. But John is comforted by an elder who tells him that Christ has earned the right to open it. "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" was an ancient title for the Messiah in Genesis 49.9. When Jacob blessed his sons he said, "You are a lion's cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness, who dares to rouse him?" In the Book of Revelation, "The Lion" is no other than the conquering king Jesus, who proved himself worthy to break the seals and open the scroll by living a perfect life of obedience to God, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, and rising from the dead to show his power and authority.✞

King David

King David from the Cistine Chapel"The Root of David" refers to Jesus being from David's blood line, thus fulfilling the promise of the messiah in the Old Testament. Isaiah 11.1-3a tells us, "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him - the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord — and he will delight in the fear of the Lord." Jesus Christ is pictured as "the Lion" from the ancient line of kings of Judah symbolizing his authority and power. The role of Christ as the Lion of Judah will be to lead the battle when Satan is finally defeated. Christ the lion of Judah is then the supreme victor.✞

"Lion Tribe Judah"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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