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On Bubba and Lions . . .   

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April 3rd, 2014

On Bubba and Lions… a Second Look at 1 Peter 5:8

Our lil’ rescue dog Bubba was in a horribly neglected state when we adopted him from the kill shelter last year. His long Pekingese fur was matted up to his skin, a couple of his toenails were broken and he only had one lower fang in the front we could see (we call it his ”tusk” lol).

In fact, after his first vet visit the week we adopted him, we learned he only has a couple of back teeth and ”the tusk”. We’ll have to buy him soft food for the rest of his life, because he’s pretty much all gums.

However… the cable guy, the mailman and the neighborhood dogs don’t know that. We often joke around with them that our little Bubba must think he’s a Great Dane. The way he barks and alerts to protect our home is… well, impressive. When threatened, he masterfully wields the only tool of intimidation he’s got left: his bark. How people react to Bubba is an instant indicator of how familiar they are with him.
Little Bubba is who the Holy Spirit very precisely brings to mind when I read this passage lately:
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8
Interesting observation here:
Have you seen footage of a lion hunting prey? They sure don’t start roaring half way across the plains and bound up on them in a loud fury! They sneak up on them… low in the grasses… quietly… the exact same way your pet cat sneaks up on his or her cat toys.
Perhaps in our modern society – so far removed from the realities of life and death in the wild – we’re overlooking something here that was blatantly obvious to the first century church:
WHY would a master hunter give you all of that advance notice, roaming about roaring loudly? That kind of behavior won’t get the lion any real dinner… but it sure will intimidate those in earshot!
Have you ever heard a lion roar “in person”?  It’s deafening.  The sound thunders through your chest. It’s the most tangible sound you’ll likely ever experience. “It’s no joke”, as our daughters would say.
I think it’s imperative to note the first sentence of the passage “Be alert and of sober mind.” He’s saying, essentially, “Watch out for the head games. That’s where your enemy will attack you.”
Perhaps we forget another layer of truth being conveyed by this passage:

The only thing “Your enemy the devil” has left is a bark, but no bite.

 He has been completely de-fanged by Christ’s resurrection.

 A ”roaring lion” prowling around looking for someone to devour… will go hungry.

Those who realize these are the actions of a desperate lion with no other options can simply laugh and carry on about their business, un-intimidated.

Like little Bubba, the only food a toothless lion will receive is the food that crushes up him or herself and lies down willingly in the dinner bowl.


“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5:8

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” ~ Romans 8:37

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