The Lion Roars
The lion, roaming roars are enough to alert the wise.
The lion, roaring after a kill is enough to make the alert pray.
The lion, roaring and crunching bones as it eats is enough to make the repentant repent ever deeper.
When a man-eating lion takes a human from a hut or from a ring of sleepers around a campfire, it is usually by the method of a bite in the skull, which causes instant death.
Curiously, there have been many cases of lions actually stepping over one man to pick another, like a bored matron at the canapé platter of a cocktail party.
Sometimes, however, the victim is grasped by the body and dragged off to be eaten alive. A “big” bite in the thoracic region by a lion is almost sure death, but victims caught by a shoulder or leg can live a long time in the most unspeakable horror and agony. Hans Besser, a German hunter early in this century, told of a missionary of the White Fathers in Tanganyika being carried off and taking fifteen minutes to die while the lion ate him. Nobody had the nerve to go to his aid.
In East Africa there are several cases recorded of a lion eating his victim within the sight of paralyzed onlookers.
Capstick, Peter Hathaway. Death in the Long Grass: A Big Game Hunter’s Adventures in the African Bush St. Martin’s Press.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
Warning: Look around and you will see many have already been eaten alive by the devil – Christian or not. Note that the warning written in 1 Peter 5:8 is written to Christians. Some of whom have been eaten, to quote hunter Capstick, in an instant.