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The young of the sheep, and also the kid of the goat, Ex 12:5, Christ is the Lamb of God, Joh 1:29, as being the accepted sacrifice for human sin. The sacrifices of the Old Testament were an ordained and perpetual foreshadowing not only of his spotless holiness and his unresisting meekness, Isa 53:4-9. He is described in Re 5:6; 12:11, as wearing the form of a sacrificial lamb in heaven itself. See PASSOVER and SACRIFICES.

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(1.) Heb kebes, a male lamb from the first to the third year. Offered daily at the morning and the evening sacrifice (Ex 29:38-42), on the Sabbath day (Nu 28:9), at the feast of the New Moon (Nu 28:11), of Trumpets (Nu 29:2), of Tabernacles (Nu 29:13-40), of Pentecost (Le 23:18-20), and of the Passover (Ex 12:5), and on many other occasions (1Ch 29:21; 2Ch 29:21; Le 9:3; 14:10-25).

(2.) Heb taleh, a young sucking lamb (1Sa 7:9; Isa 65:25). In the symbolical language of Scripture the lamb is the type of meekness and innocence (Isa 11:6; 65:25; Lu 10:3; Joh 21:15).

The lamb was a symbol of Christ (Ge 4:4; Ex 12:3; 29:38; Isa 16:1; 53:7; Joh 1:36; Re 13:8).

Christ is called the Lamb of God (Joh 1:29,36), as the great sacrifice of which the former sacrifices were only types (Nu 6:12; Le 14:12-17; Isa 53:7; 1Co 5:7).

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The sacrificial type of the Lamb of God, therefore the most frequent victim (Isa 53:7; Joh 1:29; taleh; Isa 65:25, "a sucking lamb," 1Sa 7:9, from whence comes the Aramaic talitha, "maid," Mr 5:41). Kebes, "a lamb from the first to the third year"; offered in the daily morning and evening sacrifice (Ex 29:38-41), on the sabbath (Nu 28:9), at the new moon feasts (Nu 28:11), that of trumpets (Nu 29:2), of tabernacles (Nu 29:13-40), Pentecost (Le 23:18-20), Passover (Ex 12:5), at the dedication of the tabernacle (Numbers 7), Aaron's consecration (Le 9:3), Solomon's. coronation (1Ch 29:21), Hezekiah's purification of the temple (2Ch 29:21), Josiah's Passover (2Ch 35:7), women's purification after childbirth (Le 12:6), at a leper's cleansing (Le 14:10-25), the Passover presentation of firstfruits (Le 23:12), for sins of ignorance (Le 4:32), in beginning and closing the Nazarite's separation (Nu 6:12,14).

Amnos is used in the Gospel of John, which describes the life and death of Jesus as the paschal, sacrificial Lamb. In Joh 21:15 alone arnia is used, so in Revelation also arnion. This arnion being a diminutive expresses "endearment", namely, the endearing relation in which Jesus, now glorified, stands to us as the consequence of His previous relation as the sacrificed amnos on earth; so also our relation to Him, He the "precious Lamb," we one with Him and His dear lambs (Isa 40:11). Kar, "the wether": Mesha of Moab paid 100,000 as tribute to Israel (Isa 16:1; 2Ki 3:4). Tsown, strictly "a flock" (Ex 12:21). Seh, each individual of a flock.

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The lamb is symbolical of meek submissiveness, and when selected for the sacrifices, must be without blemish and without spot: a very apt type of the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God. He, the submissive and spotless One, was "like a lamb dumb before his shearer," and was proclaimed by John as "the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world;" and again as 'the Lamb of God' as an object for the soul's contemplation. Joh 1:29,36. In John's vision of heaven the Lord Jesus is seen as a Lamb 'which had been slain,' to whom universal adoration is given.

The special character attached to the title of 'Lamb' in the book of Revelation is that of suffering, the earth-rejected One, but seen in the midst of the throne in heaven. He who suffered is vindicated there, and finally possesses His bride, the new Jerusalem, in which the throne of God and of the Lamb is established. He will always bear the character of the chosen One of God "that taketh away the sin of the world" on the ground of the sacrifice of Himself. Re 5:6-13; 6:1,16; 9/type/worsley'>7:9-17; 12:11; 14:1-10; 3/type/worsley'>15:3; 17:14; 9/7/type/worsley'>19:7,9; 21:9-27; 22:1,3. In all these passages in the Revelation the word is ??????, the diminutive of ?????, 'a lamb,' signifying a 'young lamb,' or 'lambkin.' The same word was used by the Lord to Peter in Joh 21:15; "Feed my lambs," applying it to the Lord's young disciples.

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