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. Speaking of the shepherd, He says: The sheep hear his voice, and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him; for they know his voice; and a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers. (John 10:3–5) The Lord spoke of Himself and His Church, in language and imagery that were familiar to His disciples. The shepherds of the East give a name to each member of their flocks, which the sheep soon learn, and to which they instantly respond. In the dry season many shepherds with their flocks meet at regular times around the wells. The flocks mingle at the troughs, drinking. But when all are satisfied, the shepherds move off in different directions, calling their sheep, which immediately follow, everyone its own shepherd, with scarcely the possibility of a mistake. In regard to their drinking, it is worthy of notice that sheep need very little water. When the herbage is juicy, and especially when the morning dew is abundant, sheep want no other water for weeks together. But when fed upon hay, or in the hot season in Eastern countries, when the herbage is dry, they need frequent watering. It is not uncommon in our country for single lambs to receive names and be petted, when they become models of trustful obedience toward their master, but remain timid towards a stranger. Our sheep, however, rarely have a shepherd’s care, being confined by walls and fences. Instead of a shepherd, they attach themselves to one of their own number, who acts as their leader, and whom they follow as trustfully as they would their master. With neither shepherd nor leader, they are distracted, and scatter in every direction. It is a peculiarity of sheep that while they are so easily led by one whom they know, they are driven with difficulty. They huddle together as if frightened, and the more they are pressed, the more frightened they seem; but if the leaders start forward, the flock follows. Another noteworthy trait is their memory of kindness. They never forget a little present of salt or grain, or a kind act of protection from danger; every benefit they repay with affection, confidently expecting renewals of it. Sheep are remarkable also for their mutual affection. They love to feed with their heads close together, two or three of them frequently keeping their heads so close as to seem like parts of one animal. The sudden start of a single member of a flock affects the whole, as if they were connected by nerves of mutual affection. When accidentally separated from its companions, the cries of a sheep or lamb, as it runs anxiously about, are piteous. Affection for their shepherd is stronger than their mutual love. Him they will follow away from their friends, and, I
All that she is. Among mature men and women in active life we do not see much of childlike innocence. Active dependence and loving trust are as evident in them as in lambs. sickness. These characteristics exist naturally and externally in children. Even a lamb-like fright at the call of a stranger is conspicuous in children when they first learn to distinguish their parents from other persons. When a sheep is caught by the shearer. or in the care of parents who are firm as well as kind. wisdom and uses and delights which give satisfaction and expansion to their souls. A human mother can hardly express more tender feeling. she is. and is retained by the sheep until it is a great burden to herself. if they hear Him call. long. And. indeed. if they are wise they turn from self to the Lord. and even her bones and entrails. soft. and. Another characteristic of sheep is patience. but internally and spiritually in men who thus love the Lord. until she finds that she is firmly held and cannot get away. the sheep gives in our service: her wool. her skin. The Lord says that all must become like little children before they can enter the kingdom of Heaven. He is shepherd. is stronger than their love for one another. Upon the wool of sheep we depend for warm clothing more than upon all other materials together. Fine. Even if she is hurt. at first there is a short struggle. but it has great need and strong desire for help. and a willingness to be led wholly by Him. it is not what she does that we value. they leave all that belongs to them and seems pleasant to them. Then she gives up entirely. her flesh. Lambs have always been regarded as emblems of Innocence. These affections love the Lord more than all things else. nor the slow helplessness of a snail. and its necessity and dependence are equaled by its trustful love for him who supplies its wants. And she is continually busy in making herself valuable. evidently for the use of man. even from their young. and manifestly are living from a new life that He gives. He is parents.believe. their resignation and patience in time of sickness. her milk. but what she is. their active. because they perceive His guidance in the walks of every day. it grows thick and heavy. again. As is the case also with goats and cows. not a particle is useless. in following Him. To them He is parents and shepherd. and then receive a perception of His loving care which produces in them grateful content with trust in His Providence. she shows neither resentment nor resistance. in the hands of the shearer. The sounds of affection which a mother sheep makes over her little lamb are of the tenderest kind. But the innocence of which they are forms is not the dead harmlessness of a log. and multiplying herself or increasing her own growth for the benefit of others. they become sensible of their helplessness and dependence. through misfortune. are as marked as the same qualities in sheep and lambs. and also a helpless terror when driven by harsh parents or nurses. But when. and those who are preparing for Heaven He calls His sheep and His lambs. An innocence closely resembling that of lambs we find in little children. also. with a useful faculty for matting or felting into a compact texture. and find. pretty sports and gambols are nothing but sports of innocence. Their affection for their young. and the discouragement of the natural desires and efforts. because they who are in this state have laid aside in some degree their own life. perfectly resigned and patient. they trust in Him through every . it is helpless and dependent indeed.
by which that love may be multiplied. The affection for multiplying the love. truth of celestial love. or merely intellectual truth. content to feel His care protecting them. they are frankly innocent. may be preserved unharmed.1 In the Scriptures. It has also affection for cherishing the truth which it perceives. fearful only when He is absent. and when that Human Love prevailed through the whole of His Human nature. and this was all. Rams are mentioned as forms of perception of truth from love to the Lord. and the affection for cherishing this truth and the new delights which it produces. because their whole heart is open to the Lord. the cold will penetrate. but if we persist in thinking. They are not cumbered about much serving. and acting in the forms of innocence and charity. kindly reverent manners.trial. In a cold. (Lambs: celestial innocence. and ewes as representatives of that gentlest mutual love by which the beginnings of love to the Lord are cherished and sustained. it was glorified by union with the Divine Love. Love of every kind. for what need is there. lest all knowledge of the Divine Love should cease. if we think selfish things. it was necessary for the Lord to form for Himself a Divine Humanity by which His Love should be received with perfect innocence. There was no true knowledge of the Lord with them. speaking. these interior qualities are carefully distinguished: Lambs are always used as representatives of innocent delight in loving the Lord. where animals of various kinds are often mentioned. and cannot help rejoicing in His Presence. is male. selfish atmosphere. and of continuous. is female. and the offering of lambs upon the fire of the altar represented the union of the Lord’s Love with innocent love for Him. with perception of the truth by which it may be multiplied. They never felt the Lord’s Love. when they see all wants supplied by the Lord? Their own love for Him. from the delight there is in it. Arcana Coelestia #3994. until it brings forth new states of love and delight. Sheep: mutual love. Rams. any of the celestial love that is represented by lambs. consisting of trustful and charitable thoughts. which it rejoices over and perfects with truth of its own life. has a desire to multiply itself and a perception of the means of increase.) It was this meaning. they will increase and multiply and communicate to others in every way they can. but they had lambs which represented this delight. thus clothed and protected. in man. Author: JOHN WORCESTER 1875 LAMBS >> Innocence >> Charity >> Goods . and in Him the meaning of the burnt offering of a lamb upon the fire of the altar was perfectly fulfilled. and discourage and dissipate neighborly affection. our life. In the Jewish Church the burnt offerings and sacrifices were most frequently of lambs. at the close of the Jewish Church. which is the clothing in which we see them. and manifested to men. that the Lord and the angels loved in the Jewish offerings. and consequently no true worship of Him. But their offerings and sacrifices were representatives of true worship. but the fire on their altar was a representative of it. always with exact knowledge of their correspondence. Because there was not in the world. These affections are male and female. which is to them the highest good. The inmost principle of that Humanity was Divine Human Love for the Love of God. The wool of sheep. is the outward expression of love to the Lord and mutual love. and the possibility of heavenly life from it should perish forever. They had no innocent delight in loving the Lord and receiving His Love.
and the fatling together. and again morning. see n. day by day. and the weaned child shall put his hand on the basilisk's den. noon. For by "day" is signified state. and from the signification of "day by day. is evident from the signification of "lambs. 3785.)  That "lambs" denote the good of innocence.Two lambs." and a "weaned child. and by the "morning" of the day and by its "evening" in which the burnt-offerings of lambs were offered. 893. is evident from the passages in the Word where "lambs" are mentioned." as being the good of innocence (of which below). and as a state of peace and innocence is described. (That "day" denotes state. 3462. That this signifies the good of innocence in every state. 6110. 2788. 810). 7680. in which nevertheless truths have been implanted (of which also below). from the signification of "lambs sons of a year" as being the quality of infancy. 5962. evening." a "kid. the sucking child shall play on the hole of the viper. they shall not corrupt themselves in all the mountain of My holiness. and the leopard shall lie down with the kid. mention is made of a "lamb. night. and his rest shall be glory (Isa." and by all of these is signified the good of . as in Isaiah: The wolf shall abide with the lamb. that the root of Jesse." and a "calf. 11:6. see n.there is here described the state of peace and innocence in the heavens and in the church after the Lord came into the world. shall the nations seek. is signified every state. and the young lion. 8426. sons of a year. And it shall come to pass in that day." a "sucking child. and that changes of states are as the alternations of the day in respect to morning." as being in every state. and the calf. which standeth for an ensign of the peoples. and a little child shall lead them." also of a "little child. 4850. 5672.
12:11. 13. 36). Besides many other passages in the Revelation. and specifically the inmost good of innocence. 9262." and the exterior good of innocence by a "calf. and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters (Rev. and also from the fact that the Lord Himself is called a "Lamb" as will be seen in what follows." and "the Lamb of God. The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them. the "nations" denote those who are in this good. unto the mountain of the daughter of Zion (Isa. for the reason that nakedness denotes innocence. is the good of innocence. Jesus said to the disciples whom He sent forth. 10. 21:9. "Feed My lambs. 16:1). and said." a "weaned child. 3183.  That a "lamb" denotes the good of innocence in general. and like infants. 22. these are they who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. and "nations" denote those who are in this good. n. These are they who have not been defiled with women.) That the good of love to the Lord." innocence." and again. Behold. n." the interior good of innocence by a "kid. that a "calf" or a "bullock" denotes the exterior good of innocence." the like is signified by a "child. which is also called celestial good. 65:25). a "child. He was oppressed. is the good of innocence. first fruits to God and the Lamb (Rev. they shall not do evil nor destroy in all the mountain of My holiness (Isa. 6005. but "sheep" denote those who are in the . for these are in the good of innocence more than all others. 14. 9391. 430. who because they are in this good appear naked. 14:4). first." and afterward. 9. and as consequently everything that belongs to innocence proceeds from Him." the "mountain of My holiness" denotes the heaven and the church where is the good of innocence. 14." n. 15:3. 3519. 6:1. "Feed My sheep" (John 21:15-17). 17:14. 7:17). therefore the Lord said to Peter.  As" lambs" denote those who are in innocence. (That a "kid" denotes the interior good of innocence. n. see n. as 5:6. "Feed My sheep." or "infant. is evident from those who are in the inmost heaven. 5608. 3887. 1416. "lambs" here denote those who are in the good of love to the Lord. these were bought from among men. and He was afflicted. the "mountain of holiness" denotes where the good of love to the Lord is. and n." a "sucking child" and a "weaned child. yet He opened not His mouth.  It is said that "the wolf shall abide with the lamb. and likewise infancy (see the places cited in n.  As when the Lord was in the world He was innocence itself in respect to His Human. 13:8. 23. "the root of Jesse" denotes the Lord from whom is this good. the good of love from Him to Him. 7:9. 14:1. 27. 5608). He is led as a Lamb to the slaughter (Isa." as in these passages: Send ye the Lamb of the Ruler of the land from the rock toward the wilderness. see n. is evident from its being mentioned first. 8758. the Lord is called "the Lamb. as also is the case in the following passages: The wolf and the lamb shall feed together. 2280. 16. I send you forth as lambs in the midst of wolves (Luke 10:3). John the Baptist saw Jesus coming." because by a "wolf" are signified those who are against innocence. 12. 53:7). 3. 8. 3494. in like manner a "sucking child. 19:7. 4871. 5236. 22:1. which is called celestial good. Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29.innocence-the inmost good of innocence by a "lamb. 430. 6435.
12:6). and put it upon the two posts. He shall gather the lambs in His arm. and one ram for a . purification is effected. and upon the houses wherein they shall eat it. and they shall take of the blood. for this good is that into which the Divine flows. which is the good of love to the Lord from the Lord. and upon the lintel. 430. 40:10. but roast with fire (Exod. and the houses. and a ewe lamb the daughter of a year for a sacrifice of sin. for the good of innocence is the inmost of love and faith. of which it is thus written in Moses: This month shall be to you the head of the months. 3494). or two turtledoves. 12:2.  The like is signified by "lambs" in Isaiah: Behold the Lord Jehovih cometh in strength. wherefore it is said that "He will gather them in His arm. Concerning the Nazirite also it is said: When he has fulfilled his Naziriteship. 11). 3183. thus who are in the good of innocence. nor boiled in waters." for they are conjoined with the Lord by love. 5:1-13). every new moon. 9286-9292). for a sacrifice (Lev." for where the good of innocence is. and is their soul. and at every feast. this shall be the first month of the year in respect to you. and by the burnt-offering and sacrifice from these is signified purification from evils through the good of innocence. and why at the feast of the passover the lamb that was called the paschal lamb was to be eaten." because by this was signified the good of celestial love. and through which it purifies. and carry them in His bosom. they shall not eat of it raw. and if in ignorance there is innocence. every Sabbath. for the reason that sin through error is sin from ignorance. and carry them in His bosom. By "the son of a pigeon" and by "a turtle-dove" was signified innocence in like manner as by a "lamb. and His arm shall rule for Him. which is that of the good of love." by "childbirth" in the spiritual sense is signified the birth of the church. there hell cannot enter.good of charity toward the neighbor. for no other birth is understood in heaven. or a kid of the goats.  As a "lamb" signified innocence. or two sons of pigeons. and every day on the feast of the passover. ye shall take a male cattle from the lambs or from the kids.  From all this it can now be seen what is signified by the burnt-offerings and sacrifices of lambs." for "sucklings" and "infants" denote those who are in the good of innocence (see n. and the son of a pigeon or a turtle-dove. By "the feast of the passover" was signified the liberation from damnation of those who receive the Lord in love and faith (n. for guilt (Lev. there were offered: A lamb the son of a year for a burnt-offering. 2280. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd. and shall gently lead the sucklings (Isa. They were to eat it "roast with fire. and who are in the good of faith. that these things were said of the Lord is evident. and following verses). because by "lambs" are meant those who are in love to Him. wherefore it is said that they should "put the blood of it upon the posts. and why they were to be made every day. and love is spiritual conjunction.  He who sinned through error was to offer a lamb. he shall offer a lamb the son of a year for a burntoffering. therefore when the days of purifying after childbirth had been fulfilled. thus who are in the good of innocence. the lintel. and for this reason it is also added that "He will gently lead the sucklings.
The good of the . 28." therefore these three were offered for sacrifice and burnt offering when purification was represented by this good. Num. 15:21-29." and the "oil. John 10:7-16. 28:26. 9990. in order that the man may be regenerated. see n.  From all this it can be seen that by a "lamb" is signified the good of innocence. thus a state of innocence. by it was signified such good as is of infancy. internal. and by the day of waving the sheaf. and because a lamb was as it were an infant sheep. 25:31-41." are signified celestial things. 25). and by a "bullock." but with the difference that by a "lamb" is signified the inmost good of innocence. and by the day of the firstfruits. the feasts. for by the first month of the year." as being the good of truth (see n. 25:31. 27. Dan. That this signifies its state as to good and the good of truth. for by all the beasts that were sacrificed something of the church was signified. and inmost. 12)." as is evident from the passages above cited.) (As regards innocence and its quality with infants. Zech. by a "ram. 9391. see the places cited in n. see the places cited in n. 12:2. 26:31. and a "ram. which is the good of innocence. and on the day in which they waved the sheaf (Lev. 10:3." the "unleavened breads." was signified that it then was a lamb. cakes mixed with oil." a "ram. for when it exceeded a year. The good of innocence in even one must be external. or the Lord as to the Divine celestial. [AC10132] Thy sheep and thy she-goats have not cast their young. 29). and with the wise. also with the simple who are in ignorance. 4006)." the "ram." the "wafers. By "good" simply so called is meant the good of the will." the external good of innocence. (That a "bullock" denotes the external good of innocence. but by the "good of truth" is meant the good of the understanding. but that useless and fierce ones signify evil affections and inclinations. and that upright men are also called "sheep" (as in Matt. 26-31. and likewise that those are called "lambs" who love the Lord." and by a "bullock. 10021." and a "lamb. 11." but also by a "ram. and wafers of unleavened things anointed with oil (Num. 8:5-11. that is. as can be very well seen from the fact that the Lord Himself is called a "Lamb. (That all useful and gentle beasts signify good affections and inclinations. also a basket of unleavened things. n." the "ewe lamb.eucharistic sacrifice. it was a sheep. those which are of love to the Lord from the Lord. and evil men are called "goats" (Matt. 28:16. namely. 6:13-15). 10042. 23:11. on the day of the firstfruits (Num. 21. as was done in each of the new moons. and following verses. 27). 21:16." the interior or middle good of innocence. because the Nazirite represented the celestial man. the day of firstfruits. 9280. hence also it was that lambs were to be offered for a burnt-offering in the first month of the year at the time of the passover (Exod. is evident from the signification of a "sheep. As these three degrees of innocence are signified by a "bullock. and in John 21:15. and from the signification of a "she-goat. 17. 19).)  By its being said that the lamb which was to be offered for a burnt-offering should be "the son of a year. and when the altar was inaugurated (as is evident in Numbers 7:15. there was also signified a state of infancy." the internal good of innocence. for the good of innocence is the very essence of all good. and this Divine is innocence. by all these things. 3995. the "lamb. as in Isaiah 40:10. 38." as being good (concerning which in what follows). The Divine celestial is the Divine of the Lord in the inmost heaven.)  The good of innocence is signified not only by a "lamb. and in other places). These were to be sacrificed by the Nazirite after the fulfilling of the days of the Naziriteship.
In Matthew: Jesus said to the twelve whom He sent out. but the good of the understanding is to do good from truth. and the he-goats (Ezek. "sheep. or by our own intellectual faculty have of ourselves arrived at the conclusion in question. 25:31-40). Come ye blessed of My Father. (That the "Gentiles" denote evils may be seen above. To those who do good from truth these two appear to be one and the same thing. He is led as a lamb to the slaughter. but from good. O My flock. I was naked. 1849. and ye gave Me to drink. concerning the Lord. and as a sheep before her shearers. n. and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. and "sheep" as last mentioned.will is to do good from good. This may indeed be a fallacious truth. those who are in good from good. and the goats on His left. the second time He said. where He is compared to a sheep. and thence in some charity. but still if it has good as its end. I was thirsty. that which the man does from this truth becomes as good." denote those who are in evils. I was a stranger. for I was a hungered. ye did it unto Me (Matt. those who are in good from truth. saith the Lord Jehovih. In Matthew: When the Son of man shall come in His glory. and ye came unto Me. and He opened not His mouth (Isa. Feed My lambs.) The "cities of the Samaritans" denote those who are in falsities. and ye visited Me.  In like manner in Ezekiel: As for you. By "he-goats" are specifically signified those who are in faith and in no charity. Go not into the way of the Gentiles. for to do good from good is to do it from the perception of good. All kinds of the goods of charity are here contained in the internal sense. that "sheep" here denote goods (that is. those who are in the faith of . In Isaiah: He was afflicted. whereas to do good from truth is to do it from memory-knowledge and the consequent understanding." as being in a good sense those who are in the truth of faith. and the third time. inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. between the rams of the sheep. and He opened not His mouth. but without the perception that it is so.  In John: Jesus after His resurrection said to Peter. as of the Lord's Divine mercy will be shown elsewhere. but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matt. but yet they differ much from each other. those who are in good) is very evident. "lambs" here denote those who are in innocence. and ye clothed Me. and He shall say unto them on His right hand. may be seen from many passages in the Word." those who are in goods. may be seen from the signification of "he-goats. Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these My brethren. He shall set the sheep on His right hand. of which the following only shall be adduced. "sheep" as first mentioned. 1259. that the "he-goats" are specifically those who are in the faith of no charity. I was in prison. I was sick.  That "sheep" signify goods. 53:7). and ye took Me in. 34:17). and only because we have been so instructed by others. Feed My sheep. the "Gentiles to whom they should not go. and ye gave Me to eat. not from truth. behold I judge between cattle and cattle. 1260. and the perception of good exists solely with the celestial. 10:5-6). Feed My sheep (John 21:15-17). but in the opposite sense.
3519." and its external good by the "hair of the head that was like the clean wool. which . And they whose heart stirred them up. such as was in the Most Ancient Church. 9). his garments of holiness were of linen." as also in other passages. His garment was like the white snow. and the hair of His head was like the clean wool (Dan. 35:25. which was a celestial church. 7840). but external. therefore in the original tongue it is not said "goats' wool. But they who are in no truth of faith. and will rescue My wool and My flax (Hos. without any conviction that they are in falsity. and take my grain in its time. 14)." but only "goats." the "lovers" with whom she is said to have "committed whoredom. from the good of mutual love. and its restoration by the Lord.  In Daniel: I beheld till the thrones were cast forth. and at the same time in no good of charity. though they be red like scarlet. and who reason concerning salvation from the starting point that faith saves. and which in the Word is called "ancient. thus the spiritual things of truth. they shall be as white as snow.  As by the garments of Aaron were represented such things as belong to the Lord's spiritual kingdom. but "wool" celestial truth. are here treated of. 1:18). 1:13. Though your sins be as double-dyed. is evident from the passages in the Word where it is mentioned. the perverted church is here treated of. 26). is in itself good. as snow (Rev. that is.  Such truth. the fine linen." as being the good of innocence in the external or natural man (see n. His head and His hair were white as white wool. and not truth. spun goats (Exod. Therefore will I return. is evident from the signification of a "she-goat." "the Ancient of Days" denotes the Lord as to celestial good. 27:18). as in Hosea: She said. and the Ancient of Days did sit. 7:9). which in itself is good. they shall be as wool (Isa. a complete vastation is signified by "the thrones being cast forth. namely. "bread and water" denote the internal goods of love and truths of faith. is also signified by "wool" in these passages: Damascus was thy merchant in wine of Helbon." its external truth is signified by the "garment that was like the white snow. the blue.no charity. That this signifies the good thence derived. the crimson. as being the truth of this good. the vastation of the church in respect to all the truth of faith." In like manner in John: In the midst of the seven lampstands was one like to the Son of man. my wool and my flax. 2:5. and from the signification of the "wool" thereof. the scarlet double-dyed. [AC4169] And goats' wool." denote those who pervert goods and truths. as cited above. which is here called the "mother. for "linen" denotes spiritual truth. "wool and flax" denote the same. that give me my bread and my water. are carried away into hell without such a judgment. and not of wool.  But that "wool" denotes truth from a celestial origin. as in the following in Exodus: All the women that were wise brought that which they had spun. I will go after my lovers. But as good is here signified. which being a form of celestial good. "to spin goats" denotes what was made from the wool of goats. and wool of Zachar (Ezek. The same appears also from what the Lord says concerning the goats in Matthew.
and no wool shall come upon them.fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock . but that "wool" signifies celestial truth. (John 10:27) The Bible describes close relationships between shepherds and their flocks. (That there is such a distinction between the celestial and the spiritual.) [AC9470] Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772) The Lord is my Shepherd Holding a lamb Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than 500 times. A close relationship My sheep listen to my voice. see the citations in n. The shepherd protects his flock and would give his life for them. the sons of Zadok. He wrote the beloved Psalm 23. when they enter in at the gates of the inner court. 18). They follow him (or her). 44:15. Biblical shepherds Now Abel kept flocks. He was also humanity's first murder victim. slain by his brother Cain. 32. Abraham and Moses were shepherds. Linen turbans shall be upon their heads. The sheep recognize the voice of the shepherd. and that the two are not together in one subject.relatively is good. The prominence of sheep in the Bible grows out of two realities. and they follow me . That the garments of Aaron also were not of wool. For this reason it is said in Ezekiel: The priests. Shepherds were the first people to see the newborn Jesus Christ.  From all this it can be seen that "linen" signifies spiritual truth. King David was the best known shepherd of Bible history. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. they shall put on garments of linen. but of linen. is evident from Leviticus 16:4. 9277. I know them. It is known that animals can instantly recognize the voice of a Spring lambs . the Levites. therefore it was decreed that "a mixed garment of wool and linen was not to be worn" (Deut. which is the truth of the good of faith. more than any other animal. and Cain worked the soil. Secondly. But Abel also brought an offering -. 22:11). for the two differ as do the light from the sun and the light from the stars. The Prophet Mohammed worked as a shepherd when he was 8 years old. breeches of linen upon their loins (Ezek. (Genesis 4:3-4) The very first shepherd was Abel. which is the truth of the good of love. Sheep were important to the nomads and agricultural life of the Hebrews and similiar peoples. 17. and as those who are in the latter truth cannot be in the former truth. sheep are used throughout the Bible to symbolically refer to God's people.
According to the "story. Jews and Arabs trace their heritage to Isaac and Ismael. Muslims (who are able) sacrifice a sheep (or other domestic animal)." Many Christians serve lamb as part of their Easter dinner. Two sheep which resemble each other. They remember their handler. and the poor. In many homes. while Muslims believe that it was Ismael that was nearly sacrificed on the alter. Aqeeqah includes shaving the baby's head and naming the baby. and to do so would be cruel and impractical. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. (Genesis 22:1-18) Abraham's sacrifice It is well-known to Muslims. Aqeeqah (aqiqah) The Muslim "equivalent" to Christian Baptism is aqeeqah. The meat is shared with family. which occurs 7 days after the birth of a child. and Christians that Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. a sacrifice is performed. Jews. As a symbol of thanksgiving for the gift of a child from God. Break a leg? There is a commonly-held belief that shepherds in Biblical times would break the legs of lambs that constantly wandered away. He was willing to do so. Festival of Sacrifice In commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. friends. a lamb-shaped cake decorates the table. The Lamb of God Christians traditionally refer to Jesus as the "Lamb of God. are to be sacrificed for a boy and one for a girl. While there is no way to know for certain what Biblical shepherds did. Its English translation is "Festival of Sacrifice. The festival is called Eid al-Adha. but God gave him a sheep (ram) to sacrifice instead of his son Christians and Jews believe that the life of Isaac was saved. a religious festival is celebrated by Muslims worldwide. Sacrificial lamb Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. The sheep have to meet certain age requirements (at least one year of age) and quality standards (unblemished).familiar trusted person. As a symbol of Abraham's sacrifice." the shepherd would then set the broken leg and carry the lamb on his shoulders until the leg healed. Many Eastern Orthdox Christians hang pictures of the Easter lamb in their homes. there is no such story in the Bible. Bedouin shepherds Green pastures Young boy with sheep . after which time the lamb would remain by the shepherd's side for the rest of its life. They also remember people who inflict abuse upon them." Eid is the arabic word for Festival. respectively. Sheep have excellent memories for faces. The meat is shared with family and friends and distributed to the poor.
(Matthew 25:33) With regards to "judgement day. goats are sometimes used to symbolize evil. It tells how Jacob took every speckled and spotted sheep as his own from Laban's flock. which likes to browse. unlike the goat. In the Bible. They are easily led. He took from his herds all the male goats that were ringed and spotted. Sheep are gentle. Sheep are the followers of Christ. but the goats on the left." sheep and goats are used as metaphors in the Bible. Lamb and goat <== Kazakh shepherds HISTORY AND OTHER INTERESTING STUFF . and all of the black sheep. that traveled from Palestine to Egypt and to Spain via the coast of North Africa and Morocco. while goats chose not to follow Christ. They do not give their shepherds a lot of problems. The parable is based on the differences in behavior between sheep and goats. quiet. Laban went out and formed a flock for Jacob. (Genesis 30:35) Jacob sheep were named for the Biblical story of Jacob who selected spotted sheep for his flock.Spotted sheep So that very day. innocent animals. He also included the females that were speckled and spotted with any white patches. Goats are rebellious. Some claim that Jacobs of today descend directly from the sheep raised by Jacob. Separating the sheep from the goats He shall set the sheep on His right hand. Sheep are grazers.
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