Marty has another lesson!
Back when my son was considering buying a dog, he researched many different breeds. He settled on a beagle. Everyone we talked to said that was a BIG mistake. Why?
Beagles bark…loudly…a lot.
It’s true. Beagles have a reputation for being a noisy breed. After all, they were bred to be hunters. Look at any painting of a good ol’ English foxhunt and what will you see? A pack of beagles…
My family is not known for caving in to the crowd’s opinion – so, a beagle is what we bought! We bought Marty…
Who barks…NOT AT ALL!
Yes, you read that right. Marty has channeled Casper the Friendly Ghost. He is a very quiet dog. Remember President Calvin Coolidge? (Not that we’re that old – but you remember the name...) Well, he was known more for what he didn’t say, than for what he did say – earning him the nickname of “Silent Cal.” Marty takes after him, too.
Marty makes more noise when he’s asleep than when he’s awake. He snores…loudly…a lot. He chuffles, and gruffs, and yips, and yelps. But once those little peepers of his are open again – MUTE button.
I remember when we tried to train him to “Speak.” He’s got such a cute little voice, we wanted to hear it once in a while! The training books told us to reward him with a treat as soon as he did a semblance of the desired behavior. Soooo…as soon as Marty moved his lips, we tossed him a treat.
Great idea, right???
Not so much.
Because now when Marty hears the command, “Speak!” – he does this weird little “air bark” thing. His lips move, yes – but it’s not a bark. It’s actually more of a canine version of “Harumph!”
It’s cute, but not as cute as his voice.
One weekend, a couple of months ago, I’m babysitting him. And it’s time for our morning walk. My son had warned me about this weird man and his dog – a giant black poodle. Evidently, one morning, a few weeks prior, this dog got away from his owner and attacked Marty! No one was hurt, but needless to say, there’s no love lost between these two dogs.
So, we’re heading out the driveway. All of a sudden, Marty freezes. Figuring he wasn’t doing his impression of a “pointer,” I look up and see…the dreaded black poodle.
Two sets of “owner eyes” glare at each other. Two sets of “dog eyes” squint at each other. And then, the most amazing thing occurred. I heard the loudest, deepest, scariest, baying sound I have EVER heard in my life…
And it was coming from MARTY!
I jumped. The man jumped. The giant black poodle jumped. Those two took off in the opposite direction quicker than you could say, “Harumph!”
I looked down at Marty, who was once again silent and wagging his tail, and said in total awe, “Good boy!”
This moment reminded me of Jesus.
We often think of Jesus as being meek and mild. Gentle, kind, sweet. Many pictures almost make Him look effeminate. He certainly doesn’t look intimidating.
The Bible calls Him the “Lamb of God.”
A sacrificial lamb, quietly led to the slaughter. As He is accused, He is silent. As He is crucified, He barely speaks.
But oh, my friends, BEHOLD!!
This Lamb is also called the “Lion of the tribe of Judah!”
Jesus is also a roaring, fierce, awesome lion! His Word is piercing, divisive, and convicting. He conquered sin. He defeated death. He is strong, and powerful, and mighty! He opens His mouth, and all of creation bows down.
He carries the thunder of wrath – He sends the lightning of judgment.
Those who know Him need not fear Him. Those who don’t, beware indeed.
He is not someone to be messed with!
Aren’t you glad?!
“Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy…
And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
(Revelation 5:5, 13)
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