The Lion and the Lamb

This year March came in like a lamb and appears to be going out like a lion. What does that mean exactly?
  • The “lamb” is good and the “lion” is bad?
  • Lamb weather is beautiful, warm, sunny and sweet?
  • Lion weather is stormy, cold, cloudy and nasty?
Which do we prefer? Which do you prefer?

There are many lamb and lion images in scripture. Here’s John the Baptist:

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Jesus is the blessed lamb, our blessed shepherd and all that is good. Jesus became the sacrificed Passover lamb for us. Richard Rohr writes that he didn’t become the sacrifice to take away the bad as much to show us that sometimes “the things that appear good and make us feel strong, secure and superior is the “lamb” that must be sacrificed, an apparent good.” (Things Hidden Scripture as Spirituality by Richard Rohr, pg 195.) It’s the “good” that can lead us into forgetting our own mistakes and sins that separate us from God. Our gift through Jesus is that our whole self – the good and the bad — is who God saves, loves, forgives and wants to be with.

March needs both the lion and the lamb to be a complete month. The beautiful start to the month was fun to enjoy, but it let us forget the semi-arid climate we live in and the need for moisture. The “lion” side of March is much needed and completes the holistic creation of everything God has created – the shadow side as well as the good. Can I really stop and recognize my lion and lamb sides and love them both? Can I see that whole as the person who God loves, forgives and offers unconditional mercy and grace.

“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:1-9

May your Lion and your Lamb come together in God’s love and grace through faith,

Vikki Luce

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