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Lamb. Exodus 12:3. The young of the sheep, though the original word means also the kid or young of the goat; and by the Jewish law it is expressly provided that the sacrifice at the passover might be a lamb, either of the sheep or goat. Exodus 12:5. Sundry peculiar enactments are contained in the same law, respecting the qualities of the animal. Exodus 22:30; Exodus 23:19; Leviticus 22:27. The prophet represents Christ as a lamb led to the slaughter, Isaiah 53:7, and the same figure is employed by John the Baptist. John 1:29; John 1:36. It expresses the meekness and gentleness of Christ, and designates him as the great sacrifice for sin. Throughout the Scriptures, from the beginning to the end, the lamb and the sacrifice of a lamb are used as a type of the Lord Jesus Christ and of his blood shed for our sins. In the Revelation he is expressly called "The Lamb" 27 times. He is represented as now standing in the midst of the throne of God, as a "Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God," "And they sung a new song saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation, and hast made us unto our God kings and priests." "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever." Revelation 5:6; Revelation 5:8-9; Revelation 5:12-13; Revelation 6:1; Revelation 6:16; Revelation 7:9-10; Revelation 7:14; Revelation 7:17; Revelation 12:11; Revelation 13:8; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 21:9; Revelation 21:22-23; Revelation 21:27, etc. See Sheep.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Lamb'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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