The Bible in The Horse & His Boy: He Is Not a Tame Lion
This post brings us to the first Horse and His Boy installment in the “God in Narnia” Series. I’m done railing against Planned Parenthood. For now. *wink, wink*I hope you’ll continue along with this series and play catch up with the previous posts if you haven’t already: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V. Enjoy!
He is not a tame lion.
No He isn’t. From The Magician’s Nephew to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to The Horse and His Boy, we’ve seen thus far the proof of this point. Gentle and fierce, kind and terrible, 100 percent lion. Rather like another Lion we know of.
Anyone with vague familiarity of the Bible and the names of Jesus knows that Jesus is this great Lion from the Tribe of Judah. Even Judah and his future tribe is described as a Lion by his father, Jacob.
It seems only fitting that the Davidic line of kings which ruled in the first Golden Age of Israel and will rule again in the age to come should be represented by the lion, a most kingly animal indeed.
In Scripture, we see about as many sides to God/Jesus as we do to Aslan in the Chronicles. Here are some of them:
The Lion, the King
Just as Aslan is a King and the “Son of the Emperor over the Sea,” so Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and also the Son of the Emperor of the Universe. He comes as a regent, prince, etc. as an extension of His Father to bring His Father’s rule to previously un-colonized lands.
Aslan came, sang the world into creation, set up its government, provided protection, then went back to His Father. Christ did the same.
While His Father spoke the world into existence, it is Christ Who bears the government upon His shoulders, Who is the Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, and Conquering King. It is He Who, like Aslan, freed the traitors with His willful sacrifice of death, exerted His power over death and Hell and the grave, gave us protection in His name and by His blood, and ascended to be seated in heavenly places with His Father.
The Lion, the Righteous Judge(ment)
Lions make several appearances in the Old Testament--literally or figuratively, and often were the instruments of the righteous judgement of God. We see a similar situation in The Horse and His Boy.
Aslan was the Lion(s) who roared so Shasta and Bree’s horses would come together on their journey to “Narnia and the North.” Asla, was the Cat who warmed Shasta’s back while he slept in the tombs outside Tashbaan. Aslan was the Lion who scared off the jackals while Shasta slept in the tombs. And Aslan was the Lion who scared the daylights out of the horses and their riders so they could find new strength to reach King Lune before the armies of Tashbaan did. Yet Aslan, as he admitted, was also the Lion that chased Aravis’ horse, Hwin, and slashed up the girl’s back. This makes Aslan no less good, it makes Him no more wild; it simply makes him Aslan, the Great Lion.
These seemingly paradoxical natures confuse many who don’t know God. How can He be fierce and gentle, merciful and wrathful? To put it short, He can be and do anything He wants because He’s God. Our finite mind cannot understand infinite matters. Our earthly nature cannot wrap our brains around His heavenly nature. He is the Mighty One Who tears and heals.
God doles out judgement when necessary, yet He is merciful. To those of us who love Him and serve Him, we are often shown mercy and grace over judgement and this mercy can even be extended to those we love who may not (yet) serve Him; that’s a large portion of the purpose of intercession. (See Genesis 18:16-33.)
The Lion, the Gentle
Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb, the Everlasting Sacrifice for our sins and the King of our Hearts. We see this image, briefly, at the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
He may be a Lamb, but He is not a tame lion.
Have you met this great Bridge Builder? This One who has built a bridge over death, Hell, and the grave to everlasting life? This One who has shed His blood so that you might keep yours? This One who has roared and caused his oracles to prophesy?
He is not a tame Lion, but He is good.