Sunday, January 10, 2016

Name Above All Names--Lion of Judah

artwork by Krista Hamrick

Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art print, Name Above All Names Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 individual Names she has identified are so special, as Krista has intricately painted, almost like stained glass windows, each one with its Scripture reference. Krista has said, “This is probably the painting that I have most enjoyed researching, designing, redesigning and painting. Beth Willis Miller has expanded upon each name with devotional word studies. By knowing, believing and trusting who God says He is, we can be confident in who He has created us to be.” I so agree with Krista! 

My heart has been drawn to do a word study for each of the names included in her art print. Krista and I felt led to publish our Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ available now on Amazon as a softcover book and as a Kindle book at this link.

Combining the beauty of Krista's artistic excellence with these word study devotionals is perfect for individual quiet reflection or small group Bible studies focusing on the Name Above All Names—Jesus Christ—and His attributes and characteristics.

Review by Michele Morin: “The infinite variety in nature, the curious complexity of human behavior, the synchronicity of multiple systems in our own anatomy — and in the solar system — all point, through general revelation, to the nature of God: multi-faceted, magnificent, and yet mysterious. Special revelation in Scripture picks up where creation leaves off, and Beth Willis Miller has teamed up with artist Krista Hamrick to focus on twenty-six pieces of evidence in Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ. The result is an alphabetical collection that resembles a twenty-six sided gem, each facet reflecting a slightly different hue of the nature of God the Son. From Alpha and Omega to King of Zion, each devotional highlights the Scriptural basis for the name in multiple translations and then provides commentary on the verses. Beth applies the truth and then invites her readers to join her in a prayer that turns the truth into a paean of praise. No mere academic exercise, the point of Name Above All Names Devotional is threefold:

Look up – Meditate on the name and what it reveals about the character of God.

Look in – I am propelled to ask galvanizing questions about my discoveries: “Because God is ___________________, I should therefore _______________.”

Look out – Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.

With full-color art work and space for notes, Name Above All Names Devotional is a treasure for devotional reading, a resource for serious study, and a thoughtful and inspiring gift for loved ones.” (review by Michele Morin)

I was inspired by Chris Tomlin’s anointed hymn, The Roar
You came to me, when I needed You, Lord, I heard the roar of the Lion of Judah...while studying Revelation 5:5

NASB:  and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Amplified: Then one of the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) of David, has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!

CEV:  Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying and look! The one who is called both the ‘Lion from the Tribe of Judah ’and ‘King David’s Great Descendant’ has won the victory. He will open the book and its seven seals.”

Expanded: But one of the elders said to me, “Do not cry! [Look; Behold] The Lion from the tribe of Judah [a messianic title; Gen. 49:9–10], David’s descendant [the root of David; a messianic title applied to Christ; Is. 11:10], has won the victory [overcome; conquered] so that he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

J. B. Phillips: one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has won the victory and is able to open the book and break its seven seals.”

NET:  Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; thus he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Pastor Ray Stedman writes: "The Lion of the tribe of Judah" and "the Root of David" are both Jewish titles. They refer to prophecies from the Old Testament that predict there would be one from the tribe of Judah and from the family of David who would at last rule over the earth and solve its problems. These titles refer, then, to the King of the Jews -- the very title which Pilate inscribed on the Cross of Jesus. The King of the Jews! He is the One who triumphs by his death and is able to bring about God's kingdom on the earth. But, when John turns to see the conquering Lion of Judah, what he sees is the slain Redeemer of the world! He expected to see a Lion but what he saw was a Lamb, with the marks of death still upon him. Those marks of death are still upon the Lamb, and will be for all eternity. In these two symbols, the Lion of Judah and the Lamb that was slain, John sees the uniting of two themes that run throughout the Bible, Old Testament and New Testament alike. Lions are a symbol of majesty, power, rule and authority. Lions conquer; lambs submit! Lions roar; lambs die! There is introduced to us here the One who conquers by submitting. The symbols tie together the earthly promises of Israel and the heavenly calling of the church. This uniting of the Lion and the Lamb is the basis for C. S. Lewis' novels called "The Narnia Chronicles." A great Lion, Aslan, rules in majesty and roars in triumph, but he does so because he submits to being put to death by the evil characters controlled by the White Witch, but at last the kingdom of Narnia is freed from its bondage to winter and the springtime of the world arrives. It is a beautiful use of these symbols. As the Lion of Judah, Jesus will rule the world with a rod of iron. As the Lion of Judah our Lord reigns, but if anyone is weak and faltering, helpless or hopeless, he or she will find a compassionate Savior—because this Lion is also a Lamb! As the Lamb of God he is filled with mercy and grace, but if any should presume upon that grace and begin to live a rebellious or defiant life, let him beware—because this Lamb is also a Lion!"

Author C. S. Lewis was a Christian, and followers of the faith widely believe he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia series as a Christian allegory. An unpublished letter written by the author of the books himself has provided decisive evidence of the Christian message deeply imbedded in the Narnia books. A letter sent by C. S. Lewis to a child fan in 1961 reveals that Lewis was referring to Jesus Christ as he portrayed the mystical land and its savior—the Lion Aslan. The letter tells the child: “The whole Narnian story is about Christ.” The clear letter has been made public by Walter Hooper, who is a literary advisor to the Lewis estate. In his newly publicized letter, Lewis states, “Supposing there really was a world like Narnia…and supposing Christ wanted to go into that world and save it (as He did ours) what might have happened?” Lewis concluded, “The stories are my answer. Since Narnia is a world of talking beasts, I thought he would become a talking beast there as he became a man here. I pictured him becoming a Lion there because the Lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; Christ is called ‘the Lion of Judah’ in the Bible.”

Pastor Walter Scott writes: “And I wept much because no one had been found worthy to open the book nor to regard it. And one of the elders says to me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion which (is) of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome (so as) to open the book and its seven seals." The grief of the Seer is emphasized by the use of the pronoun "I," which is emphatic in the Greek. "I wept much." John is here regarded as the representative of the prophetic feeling at "the time of the end," or "the last days." His soul is stirred within him as his eye rests on the sealed scroll lying on the open hand of the Sitter on the throne, with no one in the vast creation of God competent to disclose its contents and carry them into execution. The tears of John have been termed "the weakness of the creature," but if "wept much" is sometimes the expression of weakness, it is equally the expression of a right and godly feeling. It has been remarked, "Without tears the Revelation was not written, neither without tears can it be understood." But the book was to be opened. And since worship of the highest order and an intimate knowledge of the mind of God are characteristics of the crowned and glorified elders or representatives of the redeemed, it is one of these elders who consoles the weeping Seer by directing his attention to One in every respect qualified to unfold the divine counsels and carry them to a triumphant issue. Who is He? The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David. What has He done? He has overcome every spiritual power by His death on the cross. Thus He has an unchallenged right in Himself, and because, too, of what He has done, to advance to the right hand of the Eternal, take the book, and effectuate the counsels of God."

Sometimes it seems as if the forces of evil are winning and godless rulers and superpowers are dominating our world. This scripture about the Lion of Judah reminds us of who is really in charge and calling the shots: the Lord Almighty. The same God who created the world with a word can shatter the plans of the nations and thwart all their schemes. No matter how out of control things may appear, God’s plan remains in place. He is running the show and knows the end from the beginning. No one is higher or mightier than our Lord Jesus Christ—the Lion of Judah! He governs our world, His kingdom will come, and His sovereign will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven! God’s intentions can never be shaken, and his plans stand firm forever. His amazing power is at work in the world, and He will carry out his eternal purpose to the last detail.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the assurance Your Word gives me that Y
ou reign over heaven and earth and that no one can thwart your plans for my life—and for the whole world. I put my trust in You today. Only You understand everything—even those things that are mysteries to me. Because you have all authority on earth and in heaven, I can rest in You. You are my shield and my eternal protector. When I am in danger or distress, help me trust in You. Lift my gaze and my heart from everything on this earth to You, who reign over all. Thank you for answering me from heaven and acting on my behalf when I cry out to you. May You be glorified in my life. In Your mighty Name Above All Names—Lion of Judah, we pray, amen.

Look Up—meditate on Revelation 5:5

Look In
—as you meditate on Revelation 5:5  pray to see how you might apply it to your life.

Look Out—as you meditate on
Revelation 5:5 pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others.

Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ

Weekly LinkUps…


  1. We just finished a study of Revelation and it is such a powerful book. So much that is just beyond imagination and yet it WILL come about. What a beautiful book and gorgeous illustrations! Visiting today from #Thought-Provoking Thursday

    1. Lisa, thank you so much for stopping by! All glory and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ from Whom all blessings flow! Many blessings to you ❤️

  2. Beth, I love how you walk us through scripture to reveal to us what the Holy Spirit has shown you as you work thru His Word. Its inspiring!

    1. Susan, I so appreciate your encouraging comments. It is a blessing for me to share what Jesus has used to encourage me with others. Many blessings to you ❤️

  3. "This scripture about the Lion of Judah reminds us of who is really in charge and calling the shots: the Lord Almighty. The same God who created the world with a word can shatter the plans of the nations and thwart all their schemes. No matter how out of control things may appear, God’s plan remains in place." AMEN. Our God reigns! Blessings to you, Beth! I'm your neighbor at #SmallWonder.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Gayl. It these uncertain days, We can fix our eyes on Jesus--the Lion of Judah--our Aslan! Many blessings to you ❤️

  4. I love your "Look Up, Look In, Look Out." So easy to remember and so useful for any passage. Thank you, Beth!

    Just this morning I read the prophecy about the lion of Judah from Genesis 49. I'd never noticed the prophecy of Christ there before, and now I'm reading your post! :-)

    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Betsy. I so appreciate you stopping by...many blessings to you!

  5. I love this, Beth. While so many are fearful of who is in places of government leadership, God allows it for His purposes. We must trust God, only He knows the future. We know the true King and we also know we can be victorious now.

    1. Amen, Tammy! We can rest in the finished work of our Savior and our Lord, Jesus Christ--the Lion of Judah...Many blessings to you.

  6. Beth,
    With everything that is going on in our world - all the terrorist bombings, etc. It is reassuring the Lion of Judah is in control and He is coming again and will abolish all the evil. This is great reassurance for the times in which we live.

    1. Bev, so true...blessed assurance and's all going to be alright...we'll keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, Who was, Who is, and Who is to come! Many blessings to you!

  7. Thanks for sharing so much truth. You book sounds wonderful! I'm visiting today from the Unite linky. Have a wonderful Easter!

    1. Thank you, Donna! I so appreciate you stopped by from Soul Survival! Love linking up with sweet sisters in Christ...many blessings to you!


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