Lets consider the source and location and the time. Today the allusion to
lion (or lions) might seem odd at first, but, in Jesus day it was not. In
that part of the world stories of Lions abounded. There was the Lion of
Judah. The lion that Sampson found the Honey in and his famous riddle. There
were Lion hunts by Kings and, even documented hunts by roman officers.
Therefore that it is used in a story of allusion is not
odd at all. It is something that everyone probably identified from a shared
Up into recent history to Kill a Lion was a sign of becoming a man (in
that general part of the world).
I ve heard a lot of explanations as to what "exactly" this meant, Lets
also consider first that Jesus used a lot of allusions, of consumption, That
probably caused a stir at the time. "I" am the bread of life-, This IS MY
BODY…, This is my Blood,..., i.e., communion. (for centuries non Christians
did not understand that).Accusations flew that this was an act of witchcraft
or worse.(That is the Christians were using real blood).
Therefore, while at first, the allusion to consumption by a Lion. Or of a
Lion, appears to be a different concept, it actually follows the pattern of
the time, and the pattern of stories that Jesus puts forth in the accepted
gospel. It is a pattern that The teacher Jesus uses over and over. That is
there is a familiar theme (for the time). An act of consumption (which
alludes to a spiritual matter) rather than a physical, then comes the
familiar Blessed is he..........., followed by the cursed is he............
I'm sure in that day and time the saying sparked debate and conversation,
over what was meant.
I think we are not meant to be persuaded as to the meaning, but we are
meant to "seek" after the meaning, and to seek meaning in the saying. Those
are a few of my thoughts trying to go back in time, to the Place and time and
society where the saying originated in. That is just my humble take on that