Our family enjoyed a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium last week during Spring Break. It was a perfect day, in the 60’s, so the animals were active.
Early on, I was struck by something. The tiger, looking strong and majestic, was standing at the top of the hill and just over his shoulder in the adjacent area, were flamingos. The tiger’s neighbors were flamingos.
Immediately the Bible verse, “And the lion will lay down with lamb,” came to my mind. Except there’s one problem. That’s not actually in the Bible.
Seriously. I was shocked too. I tried a number of different search engines and Bible websites. Nothing
The closest reference I could find was Isaiah 11:6 where it says,
“And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.”
I continued my search and realized that the idea of Jesus being the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God is a true concept found in Revelation 4-5. It shows how Jesus is the King, strong and mighty, all the while being a sacrificial lamb, dying for our sins. It’s a beautiful picture. It’s just not what I originally intended for this space.
But, it’s interesting how the harmony that I was initially drawn to, remains the same.
Just as animals of different type can be neighbors at the zoo, so God can connect with all different types of people, working through a number of different life phases.
He is strong to the weak, and He humbles the proud.
He is gentle when we are broken and hurting, and gives us courage when we are scared.
He is the Lion and the Lamb.
Our King and our Savior.