The Quote About A Lion Leading Sheep.

The Quote About A Lion Leading Sheep.

Lions are the symbolism of strength while the sheep symbolizes innocence, vulnerability and gentleness, and in the context of leadership, everyone will agree that it is the lion that is supposed to lead the sheep and not the other way round.

But in this post, we are going to examine the quote about the lion leading the sheep in order to understand who would be the better leader.

So without much waste of time, let’s get started.

The lion and sheep quote.

The lion and sheep quote says: “An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.” This quote was written by Alexander The Great.

The quote about the lion leading the sheep meaning.

The quote about the lion leading the sheep means that the lion, which is a symbol of strength should represent powerful leaders who must always remain in position of authority because they will be able to protect and safeguard the citizens, considered as sheep which is symbolic of innocence, vulnerability and gentleness.

But I totally disagree with Alexander The Great on this quote because whenever the lion gets hungry he is going to devour the sheep because it is in their nature to do so.

The holy scriptures in Ecclesiastes 9:15 specifically relates the story of a man who was poor but wise and he ended up using his wisdom to save the city.

Though the scripture did not state exactly how he was able to save the city with his wisdom, the fact remains that being strong is not a symbol of strength.

When I was young, I used to listen to lots of fairy tales about the tortoise who was considered vulnerable u deceiving the almighty lion every other time. And in all these stories, the lion was always seeking for an opportunity to devour the tortoise.

The morals of every story you will find about the tortoise and lion will always go on to prove that your strength will not guarantee your become victorious if you are having a wrong motive at all times, and the lion is known for that.

in 1 Samuel 17:34-37, David relates the story of how he used to kill the lions that came to devour his sheep.

This story clearly shows us that the sheep is a prey to lions, and for that reason it is very wrong to leave the sheep in the lion’s care.

This is why I totally disagree with Alexander The Great that an army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lion led by a sheep.

Now lwt me leave you with the story of the lion that thought he was a sheep.

The story of the lion that thought he was a sheep.

“There was once a farmer who lived in a village and was rearing sheep. One day, he took his sheep out to pasture, and while they were grazing, he suddenly heard a strange noise coming from a patch of grass, which first sounded like a kitten. Led by his curiosity, the old shepherd went to see what was the source of this insistent sound, and to his surprise, he found a lone shivering cub, obviously separated from his family. His first thought was the danger he would be in if he stayed too close to the cub and his parents returned. So the old man quickly left the area and watched from a distance to see if the mother lion would return. However, after the sun began to set, and there was still no activity to secure the lion cub, the shepherd decided that, in his best judgment, and for the safety and survival of the cub, he would take it to his farmhouse and care for it. 

Over the next eight months, the shepherd hand-fed this cub with fresh milk and kept it warm, safe, and secure in the protective confines of the farmhouse. After the cub had grown into a playful, energetic ball of shiny muscle, he would take him out daily with the sheep to graze. The lion cub grew up with the sheep and became a part of the herd. They accepted him as one of their own, and he acted like one of them. After fifteen months had passed, the little cub had become an adolescent lion, but he still acted, sounded, responded, and behaved just like one of the sheep. In essence, the lion had become a sheep by association. He had lost himself and become one of them.

One hot day, four years later, the shepherd sat on a rock, taking refuge in the slight shade of a leafless tree. He watched over his flock as they waded into the quiet, flowing water of a river to drink. The lion, who thought he was a sheep, followed them into the water to drink. Suddenly, just across the river, there appeared, out of the thick jungle, a large beast that the lion cub had never seen before. The sheep panicked and, as if under the spell of some survival instinct, leaped out of the water and dashed towards the direction of the farm. They never stopped until they were all safely huddled behind the fence of the pen. Strangely, the cub, now a grown lion, was also huddled with them, struck with fear.

While the flock scrambled for the safety of the farm, the beast made a sound that seemed to shake the forest. When he lifted his head above the tall grass, the shepherd could see that he held in his blood-drenched mouth the lifeless body of a lamb from the flock. The man knew that danger had returned to his part of the forest.

Seven days passed without further incident, and then, while the flock grazed, the young lion went down to the river to drink. As he bent over the water, he suddenly panicked and ran wildly towards the farmhouse for safety. The sheep did not run and wondered why he had, while the lion wondered why the sheep had not run since he had seen the beast again. After a while, the young lion went slowly back to the flock and then to the water to drink again. Once more, he saw the beast and froze in panic, not knowing it was his own reflection in the water. 

While he tried to understand what he was seeing, suddenly, the beast appeared out of the jungle again. The flock dashed with breakneck speed towards the farmhouse, but before the young lion could move, the beast stepped in the water towards him and made that deafening sound that filled the forest. For a moment, the young lion felt that his life was about to end. He realised that he saw not just one beast, but two,one in the water and one before him.

His head was spinning with confusion as the beast came within ten feet of him and growled at him face-to-face with frightening power in a way that seemed to say to him, “Try it, and come and follow me.”

As fear gripped the young lion, he decided to try to appease the beast and make the same sound. However, the only noise that came from his gaping jaws was the sound of a sheep. The beast responded with an even louder burst that seemed to say, “Try it again.” After seven or eight attempts, the young lion suddenly heard himself make the same sound as the beast. He also felt stir-rings in his body and feelings that he had never known before. It was as if he was experiencing a total transformation in mind, body, and spirit.

Suddenly, there stood in the river two beasts growling at and to each other. Then the shepherd saw something he would never forget. As the beastly sounds filled the forest for miles around, the big beast stopped, turned his back on the young lion, and started toward the forest. Then he paused and looked at the young lion one more time and growled, as if to say, “Are you coming?” The young lion knew what the gesture meant and sudden his day of decision had arrived—the day he would have to choose whether to continue to live life as a sheep or to be the self he had just discovered. He knew that, to become his true self, he would have to give up the safe, secure, predictable, and simple life of the farm and enter the frightening, wild, untamed, unpredictable, dangerous life of the jungle. It was a day to become true to himself and leave the false image of another life behind. It was an invitation to a “sheep” to become the king of the jungle. Most importantly, it was an invitation for the body of a lion to possess the spirit of a lion. 

After looking back and forth at the farm and the jungle a few times, the young lion turned his back on the farm and the sheep with whom he had lived for years, and he followed the beast into the forest to become who he always had been—a lion king.”

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