Amos: The Lion Roars! Part II

C.S. Lewis’ captivating Chronicles of Narnia tell the stories of children magically being transported into the world of Narnia where animals speak and Aslan rules.  In the chronicles, Aslan is a lion who represents Jesus Christ.  In book one, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, the four children who magically slip into Narnia by way of an enchanted wardrobe and become the guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, learn about Aslan.  

“Oh, yes!  Tell us about Aslan!” said several voices at once; for once again that strange feeling – like the first signs of spring, like good news, had come over them.

“Who is Aslan?” asked Susan.

“Aslan?” said Mr. Beaver.  “Why, don’t you know?  He’s the King.  He’s the Lord of the whole wood, but not often here, you understand.  Never in my time or my father’s time.  But the word had reached us that he has come back.  He is in Narnia at this moment.  He’ll settle the White Queen all right.  It is he, not you, that will save Mr. Tumnus.”

“She won’t turn him into stone too?” said Edmund.

“Lord love you, Son of Adam, what a simple thing to say!” answered Mr. Beaver with a great laugh.  “Turn him into stone?  If she can stand on her two feet and look him in the face it’ll be the most she can do and more than I expect of her.  No, no.  He’ll put all to rights, as it says in the old rhyme in these parts: 

       ‘Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,

       At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,

When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.’

You’ll understand when you see him.”

“But shall we see him?” asked Susan.

“Why daughter of Eve, that’s what I brought you here for.  I’m to lead you where you shall meet him,” said Mr. Beaver.

“Is – is he a man?” asked Lucy.

“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly.  “Certainly not.  I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea.  Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts?  Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man.  Is he – quite safe?  I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver.  “If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” 

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver.  “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you?  Who said anything about safe?  ‘Course he isn’t safe.  But he’s good.  He’s the King, I tell you.”[1]

In the book of Amos the Lord reveals Himself as a lion, and He is not safe!  Why does He roar?  What does He want?   

Pray:  You might recall II Timothy 3:16-17 in your prayer today. 

Read:  Amos 1:1-2:16, twice and carefully!

Meditate:  Israel thought they were safe, but the Lord roars from Zion; He is not safe!  What is the Lord doing in these verses?  Why does He address these other nations, and what is wrong with His people?