Prompt: "Zentangle black and white drawing of a lion and a lamb standing on a mountain top."
The lion and the lamb are two very different animals, yet they are often depicted together in the Bible and in Christian art. The lion is known for its strength, courage, and fierceness, while the lamb is known for its gentleness, innocence, and meekness. Yet, in Isaiah 11:6, we read that "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them."
This passage speaks of a future time when there will be peace and harmony among all of God's creatures, even those who are traditionally seen as enemies. It is a beautiful vision of the world that God desires for us, one where we are all able to live together in love and unity.
The lion and the lamb also serve as symbols of Jesus Christ, who is both the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God. As the Lion of Judah, Jesus is the powerful and victorious king who will one day return to reign over the earth. As the Lamb of God, he is the sacrificial lamb who gave his life to save us from our sins.
In Revelation 5:5-6, we read about a vision of Jesus as the Lion and the Lamb: "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.” Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne."
This passage reminds us that Jesus is both powerful and humble, both strong and gentle. He is the ultimate example of love and sacrifice, and he invites us to follow in his footsteps.
As we go through life, let us remember the image of the lion and the lamb, and strive to live in peace with one another, following the example of Jesus Christ. May we be both strong and gentle, fierce and meek, as we seek to serve God and love our neighbors. Amen.
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