Lion and the Lamb is currently one of the most sung praise songs on both sides of the Atlantic. For half the chorus, God is praised as "the Lion of Judah" and the other half as "the Lamb that was slain."

The song is based upon Revelation 5:5, where John is told, "See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah... has triumphed."

When a Lion and Judah are mentioned together, John would have automatically thought about how lions in Scripture—when linked with tribes or nations or empires or people or divinity (as we saw in Part 1)—are a destructive force.

John turns to look at this Lion and what does he see?

He sees a Lamb.

He doesn't see a god who tears others to pieces in order to triumph—like human empires would—he instead sees a God who allows himself to be torn to pieces to win.

There is no lion, for the Lion of Judah and the Lamb are opposites. Bowing down to one precludes you from bowing down to the other.

In Revelation, only the lamb who was slain is worthy of worship. Do you think our praise should be like that too?

NonviolenceSteve Hall