Stories from the Sunday School Times – Part 6
The Lion and the Dog
D.L. Moody once saw a man beat his dog at a zoo because the owner had become upset with the creature. He had boasted to others around him about having such an obedient pet; but when he commanded the dog to do something, the dog would not obey. Money was lost. The man grew so angry that he beat the dog mercilessly.
The owner then threw the wounded and whimpering animal into the lion’s cage. The poor whimpering dog stood, shaking on his legs in the presence of the great beast. An unusual turn of events—the lion approached the dog and sniffed him, nothing more. The dog lay down as did the lion, who stayed near him to keep him warm and licked his wounds.
The owner of the dog had a sudden change of heart. He wanted his dog after all and demanded that his dog be removed from the cage.
The person in charge had seen the cruel treatment and said, “You can have your dog back—but you’re going to have to go in there and get him yourself.”
We were once that way—beaten, bruised, and battered; but the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has taken us in, has healed our wounds, and now protects us from the enemy that once enslaved us.