Lion of the tribe of Judah is a name of Jesus (Yeshua‘) found in the book of Revelation but perhaps it derives from a reference to God in Hosea 5:14. In Hosea, the Hebrew word kephir means a lion.
This title leads to perhaps the most powerful paradox in the Scriptures. When John turned to see the Lion of Judah, he saw a slain Lamb. There, in a triumphant heaven that was filled with the might and majesty of God, we find the marks of sacrifice displayed. If this doesn’t show that costly love is central to God’s eternal nature, I don’t know what does.1
Lion of the tribe of Judah (Lion of Judah) in Greek:
Ho leōn ho ek tēs phylēs Iouda
Strong’s Concordance numbers: 3023, 5443, 2455
Bible reference: Rev. 5:5
One of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Revelation 5:5 KJV)
- This paragraph is adapted from The Name Quest, by John Avery (Morgan James Publishing, 2014) p. 262. [↩]