Amos 3:12 “Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.”
We need to be aware that there are bad influences among us that are trying to destroy the children of God. ‘The thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy,’ John 10:10. Thieves understand only enforced law. If it’s mine, I must stand firm by my faith, and he will get out.
Satan can transform himself into an angel of light. He is a deceiver. Peter calls him a ‘roaring lion’, 1Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” That word ‘may’ indicates that he needs permission. The devil is going around seeking whom he has permission to devour. He can’t touch you because you are under the protection of God. If you are not under that protection, Satan can get you.
Lions have ways to hunt and devour. Lions stun their prey with a roar and one huge hit with one of their paws. They are nimble, quick, and stealthy. They are master hunters. The lion is an enemy of the Shepherd and the sheep. We, without the protection of the Shepherd, can become prey.
Lions kill by attacking the back of the neck. They attack from behind. They can take a zebra and throw it about 20 yards. When lions are done with their kill, the dominant male gets first dibs. Lions start at the hinder quarters. Once the dominant male is finished, the rest eat. The left-overs are just scavenger meat.
David and Samson were amazing in killing lions. Without the Spirit of the Lord, they could not have done this. Being at church, praying, worshipping, and Bible reading is for our protection.
‘Two legs or a piece of an ear’ is an expression. God will take out a remnant from the enemy. Shepherds understood what that was like. Shepherds did heroic things for a reason. Often, shepherds weren’t the owners of the sheep, they were hired for a particular purpose. Shepherds had to bring proof to the owner that something catastrophic had happened. That’s why he would reach into a lion’s mouth and get out a piece of that sheep. This was all for identification.
A shepherd will grab out pieces to show the owner, ‘Do you recognize this one?’ Our Good Shepherd wants souls to be saved. Sometimes, they’re saved from the very grip of Satan, himself.
A lion will take a chunk out of the side. All that’s left is two legs or the piece of an ear. The devil has a way of making us feel chewed up and spit out. You can’t walk right, because you’ve been chewed up. You can’t see right because your vision is gone. You can’t hear right because there’s only the piece of an ear left. There is only two legs and the piece of an ear. You can’t talk so good. You can’t think so good. The devil will try to trap you into the jaws of addiction and promiscuity. Drugs can do terrible things. Some overdose and never come back. Alcohol does its work on lives. Internet pornography is a multi-billion dollar business. It is time to take an ax to the things that cause us to get chewed up and spit out.
Calvary defanged and declawed the devil, but that only works if you’re in the church. If you go outside God’s will, you’ve gone outside of His protection. It is there that the devil does have claws and fangs.
The Shepherd will reach into the mouth of a lion and pull out just a fragment of a life. ‘Even if it’s just two legs and an ear, I will fight for that life.’ Jesus can still save that life.
In the Old Testament, the blood sacrifices were the replacement or payment for sin. That appeased the anger of God. The blood was mixed with oil and sprinkled to provide a covering and an anointing. The blood was applied to the priest’s right ear, the tip of the right thumb, and the big toe, an ear and two limbs. These represent the hearing, so you can hear the voice of the Lord, the hands for the work of God so that you can do His will, the feet represent your ability to obey the voice of the Lord.
To anoint means to pour or rub a certain type of oil upon. The oil was used to mark or separate us from others. We are different. There is anointing on clothes, the things that we work with, everything is set apart for the service, for consecration. Everything connected to the head gets anointed.
Even if you are just a fragment of a person, God can still use you. He can still anoint you and make you whole. He can still work with you and use you in His kingdom for His purpose. If all you have is an ear, God can start talking to you. If all you have is a thumb, God can anoint you and you can start working for Him. If all you have is a big toe, God can give you a foot and you can go where He wants you to go.
Mat 15:30-31 “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
The difference between lame and maim is a lame person has a misshapen or broken arm or foot or whatever. A Maim person has parts of their bodies missing. The arm or leg isn’t there to heal! But, Jesus gave those people new arms and legs. This promise is for you today! Even if you are missing body parts, God can restore you. He can grow a brand new you from just a piece of an ear or two legs.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.