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Why Did Isaiah Describe Jesus Christ as a Lamb?


“Why Did Isaiah Describe Jesus Christ as a Lamb?” Liahona, Oct. 2022.

Come, Follow Me

Isaiah 50–57

Why Did Isaiah Describe Jesus Christ as a Lamb?

In Old Testament times, the law of Moses required that the children of Israel sacrifice from their flocks and herds “a male without blemish” and “offer it of [their] own voluntary will” (Leviticus 1:3). Thus, Isaiah taught that Jesus Christ was “brought as a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7).

Many Old Testament symbols, like animal sacrifice, are intended to remind us of the Savior. Consider the following accounts and how they point toward Christ and His Atonement:

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    A Lamb

    Illustrations by Neil Webb

    Enoch’s prophecy of the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” (Moses 7:47)

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    Abraham and Isaac

    Abraham being willing to sacrifice Isaac (see Genesis 22:8–14)

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    Passover

    The first Passover (see Exodus 12:5–7)