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All Things Denote There Is a God

July 23rd, 2009 by G.

All things denote there is a God. The brutality and suffering and waste and beauty and peace and dynamic order of Nature are all signposts to God’s being.

C.S. Lewis did not make up Aslan the Lion as a Christ figure out of whole cloth. From ancient times the lion had been a symbol of lordship and power and even specifically of Christ, who is the Lion of Judah. The lion also represents terror and horror. In this aspect the lion also symbolizes Christ, who is terrible in his majesty, and the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom.

Seeing lions as symbols of Christ opens up new meaning in old scripture stories. Take Daniel in the lions’ den. The message now is that if we cry to God for help He will stop even his own vengeance.

Christ is also symbolized by the snake in the Mosaic episode of the brass serpent. Yet snakes are associated with terror and chastisement in the scriptures, as in life. He promises the apostles that they will take up serpents without hurt. The fierce omnipotence of God is made harmless by belief.

Scripture and tradition give is the Millennium image of the lion laying down with the lamb. This represents peace. But the lion and the lamb are both symbols of Christ. So the image also tells us that the Millennium is the time when the Christ work is finished, when justice and mercy are reconciled, and when all His purposes and attributes are fulfilled within one great whole.

Christ is also symbolized by a goat. Could it be that the sheep and goats of which Matthew speaks are those who have taken on Christ’s identity in following him (the lambs) and those for whom Christ has taken their identity, or at least their sins, as a scapegoat?

Crossposted at the Millennial Star.

Comments (10)
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July 23rd, 2009 11:03:28
10 comments

Geoff B
July 23, 2009

Adam, like it. Also like the cross-posting at M*. Pretty soon, everybody will be cross-posting everywhere else and the incredible synergy of cross-posting will spin into an internet juggernaut.


Brian Duffin
July 23, 2009

Geoff, Adam’s cross posting pays the rent for M*. :-)


Geoff B
July 23, 2009

Cross-posting, cross-dressing, same thing.


Bookslinger
July 24, 2009

The front license plate of my car is a previous version of the Ethiopian flag from when Haile Selassie was Pres. I like it because it has the Lion of Judah on it. And I’m of the tribe of Judah, according to my patriarchal blessing.

I once wondered why a taxi-driver nodded and waved at me as he drove by, until I realized he must have seen the front license plate.

Adam, going by what was sacrificed, I would suppose the analogies also include rams, bullocks, lambs, and turtledoves.

BTW, your link under “snake” to Hosea 5:14 mentions lion, but not a serpent/snake.

Is there another scriptural reference to a serpent as a type of Christ other than the “fiery serpent” that Moses lifted up (aside from other scrptures that refer back to Moses’ brass serpent)?


Adam G.
July 24, 2009

Bookslinger,
no, and that’s what the link that goes to Hosea was supposed to have been.


Vader
July 27, 2009

One of my favorite parts of the Book of Revelations is where John gets all weepy because no one is able to open the book sealed with seven seals.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Not to worry:

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Well, good: A Lion sounds like just the ticket, particularly if He has something to do with King David.

But then John turns and looks.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain…

Now, if that sudden shift of symbol doesn’t take your breath away, you might as well go be a heathen.


Jared
July 22, 2012

Christ as a serpent – Not much in the scriptures to base this on other than that symbol of the serpent that was raised by Moses to look upon and be healed. However, there is at least a teaching of Christ for his apostles to be “wise as serpents” (Matt 10:16), so although Satan took the symbol of a serpent for himself, Christ did not consider serpents so evil as to not use their symbolism as a teaching of how we should be and also have Moses use them as a symbol to look upon and be healed.


Adam G.
July 23, 2012

Jared,
Moses brass serpent is pretty clearly a symbol of Christ. In ancient times the snake was associated with immortality and specifically resurrection and renewal because of its habit of shedding its skin.


Zen
July 23, 2012

Did Satan take that symbol for himself, or was it to impersonate divinity?

And regarding the serpent as a divine symbol, do not let us forget Quetzelquatal, the feather serpent messiah of meso-America.


Adam G.
July 23, 2012

Zen, I’ve always read it as Christ appropriating (or redeeming) one of Satan’s symbols. But I don’t know.

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