Why The Lion?

A photo by Adam King. unsplash.com/photos/dgEPR8a0C-s

God uses the creation to describe himself to humans. The panoply of created things serves the relationship between God and us. Humanity, is, therefore, the pinnacle of God’s creation, and the rest of creation is there to be used as the medium of his communication with us. This is a remarkable thought…The whole world is designed to be a field of communication between God and humanity.

When you next go to a safari park or zoo and see a lion, ask yourself, Why the lion? The answer must be this: God created his world as he did in order to make himself known to humanity within it, so the chief reason he made the lion was so that he could use it to describe himself. Of course the lion has other purposes; it is to hunt antelope and to feature in documentaries. But its greatest office, its highest honor, is to be used to describe God and Christ. Or consider the stars. At the heart of their purpose is their role in illustrating to Abraham and all his descendants the extent of the nation of believers that would be his children (Gen 15:5). The vastness of the heavens serves to illustrate the extent of the kingdom of God.

– Garry J. Williams, His Love Endures Forever: Reflections on the Immeasurable Love of God (Crossway, 2016). p. 40.


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