Can Jesus Christ be described as both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and also as a Lamb of God? The two are extremes of character, the lion who is king of the animal kingdom and the lamb who is a docile animal. They exist as a paradox, that of great strength and majesty and, at the same time, that of quiet gentleness, kindness, and caring.

They are prophetic mysteries. Jesus came to earth like a lamb to show God's gentleness and kindness and will return as a lion with the majesty of a king to rule and judge His people. The book of Isaiah describes two incidents in Isaiah 11:6 and 65:25 when describing the lion and the lamb. Jesus came from the line of kings in the Old Testament which Matthew 1:1 traced the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. God made a covenant with Abraham that he would be blessed because of his faith and that his descendants would likewise be blessed if they continue to keep the covenant which Abraham made with God.


The only two verses of the lion and the lamb appeared together in Isaiah 11:6 and Isaiah 65:25. Chapter 11 of Isaiah described the peaceable kingdom of the Branch out of the root of Jesse, the father of David and descendant from the tribe of Judah. Israel would be restored and the call was made to the Gentiles.

Isaiah 11:6

"The world also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

Isaiah 66:25

"The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord."

In the Old Testament, God ruled supreme in the world as king and judge. You can see how like the lion rules in the jungle. All creatures are afraid of him and obey the lion in his habitat.

Isaiah prophesied that the powerful and almighty lion shall be turned into a lamb to reach out to the Gentiles. Jesus was the LAMB OF GOD. He was perfection personified obeying only the will of God in all matters. God chose Jesus to be the perfect sacrificial LAMB to die and atone for the sins of the world so we would get redemption. His will was to obey God's will.

Jesus said in John 5:30, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."


Jacob, the twin son of Isaac was chosen to be the father of Judah, the father of the Jews. Why was Judah, the fourth son of Jacob (renamed Israel) chosen to be the line Jesus Christ descended from? Judah or Yehudah in Hebrew means "praise". Leah, the first wife of Jacob had already given birth to three sons and she conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son, she said, "Now will I praise the Lord: and therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing" (Genesis 29:35). With the birth of Judah, Leah finally disowned the idolatry of her father, Laban. She finally acknowledged YAHWEH, the God of Israel. And Judah was blessed by God.

On his deathbed Jacob blessed Judah (Genesis 49:8). Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee" (Genesis 49:8). Yehudim means "Jews", and Jew by definition is "Messianic". It is written in Revelation 5:5:

"And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof." Coat of Arms - Jerusalem Coat of Arms - Jerusalem



LION OF JUDAH AND JUDAISM Within Judaism, the Biblical Judah (in Hebrew: Yehuda) is the original name of the Tribe of Judah - traditionally symbolized by a lion. In Genesis, the patriarch Jacob ("Israel") refers to his son Judah as a Gur Aryeh גּוּר אַרְיֵה יְהוּדָה , a "Young Lion" (Genesis 49:9) when blessing him. In Jewish naming tradition the Hebrew name and the substitute name are often combined as a pair, as in this case.

Lion of Judah in Christianity

In Christian tradition, the Lion of Judah represents Jesus. Many Christian organizations and ministries use the lion of Judah as their emblem or even their name. The phrase appears in the New Testament Book of Revelation 5:5; "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof."

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Lamb of God


Jesus is called the Lamb of God in John 1:29 and John 1:36. It is referring to Him as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for sin. To understand who Christ was and what He did, we must go back to the Old Testament, which concerned the coming of Christ as a “guilt offering” (Isaiah 53:10). God established the whole sacrificial system in the Old Testament setting the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ.. God would provide Jesus as the perfect atonement for the sins of His people (Romans 8:3; Hebrews 10).

The sacrifice of lambs played a very important role in the Jewish religious life. In the Old Testament, the sins of the people should be atoned for by sacrificing a lamb. Without the shedding of blood, the sins would remain. John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). The Passover feast was one of the main Jewish holidays and a celebration in remembrance of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. The slaying of the Passover lamb and the applying of the blood to doorposts of the houses (Exodus 12:11-13) is a reminder of Christ’s atoning work on the cross protecting the followers from the angel of death.


The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that our sin separates us from God. The Bible teaches we are all sinners and none of us is righteous before God (Romans 3:23). Because of our sin, we are separated from God, and we stand guilty before Him. Our only hope is if God provides a way for us to be reconciled to Himself, and that is what God did in sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross. Jesus Christ died to make atonement for sin and to pay the penalty of the sins of all who believe in Him.

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house" (Acts 16:31).

The fact that God Himself has provided the offering that atones for our sin is the glorious good news of the gospel that is declared in 1 Peter 1:18-21. "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot; Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you."


Jesus showed us in the New Testament how He was a lamb of God by absolutely refusing to fight back resisting evil. When Simon Peter drew a sword and cut off the right ear of the high priest's servant, Jesus said unto Peter, "Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:11).

The other characteristic is Jesus' utter dependence upon the will of God (John 4:34)."My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."

Jesus is the perfect lion with the kingly characteristics in the Old Testament and also the consumate lamb, gentle, meek and mild obeying the Shepherd till the very end.

"Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart" (Eph. 6:6).

"And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" ( 1 Jn. 2:17).

"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevetheless not my will, but thine, be done" (Lk. 22:42).

How should we understand the Lion and the Lamb passage?

How should we understand the Lion and the Lamb passage? true “Lion and the Lamb” passage is Revelation 5:5–6. The Lion and the Lamb both refer to Jesus Christ. He is both the conquering Lion of the tribe of ...






Jesus Christ: The Lion and The Lamb

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Comments 35 comments

"Quill" 6 years ago

Always a pleasure to be the first to post a comment on any hub, especially one which glorifies the Father,

Great Hub, solid teaching and one which deserves a bookmark to study further. You have a new follower and a Brother.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you for being the first commentator!

Great to have another new brother, which is wonderful. Pray for the work of the Lord to continue. Before I started to reply to you, I had problem typing the first letter. I could not type any word at all. I started to pray asking God to help me and glorying Him for His greatness and He did hear my call. All glory to God!

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djbraman 6 years ago

Great comparisons with old and new testament. You know when you think about it, Jesus had to come in the flesh and be humble to achieve the redemption of us. He came in love and mercy the first time. His second coming he will come as a King and judge, and he will come will fire in his eyes to judge the wicked. I think that's hard for most of us to comprehend since we hold on to that gentle savior that was obedient unto death. Glory to God. He tells us also that if we humble ourselves to do his work, we will judge with him the 12 tribes. If we could just get that discernment in our minds and hearts we would be able to get rid of the "me" thing real quick. It is very clear that the lowly in spirit and heart will earn the crowns in heaven. I pray everyday for the Lord to empty me so I can be full of his love, mercy and humbleness to be an obedient servant. It's an interesting paradox you did on the lion of Judah, in Jacob's son is referred to as the "young lion", since we know that Joseph was a foreshadowing of Christ suffering and rise to the Kingdom. Great hub, you're a very good teacher bringing out points to really meditate on.

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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Praise and thank God for helping to write and showing the subtleties of the paradox in the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God. Without God, I am nothing!

If you have written something similiar to this, you can connect (rss) this to your writing, and we can both benefit. May God guide us to help more people.

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lionswhelp 6 years ago

I once read an interesting book about Jesus Christ as the "Man of Steel and Velvet", I can't remember where to find it at the moment but it made its points clear. I will try to find it for you.

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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks for telling me about Jesus Christ as the Man of Steel and Velvet. I do not have much time for reading now as I am in Hub Pages, Twitter, Facebook and Two Testaments Group.

It is nice of you to think of telling me. Peace.

VivekSri 6 years ago

Nice hub to read. I like your effort and eye for detail. always love reading such stuffs...

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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author


Thanks for comments. Glad that you appreciate the details on the hub.

christine.lagaaia 6 years ago

nooooo its not true god is the lamb thats helps us lead in the dark.

umm i think i should know cause i believe in god and im the parsters duaghter

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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author


Christ is the lamb that leads us, and He is God's manifestation on earth. Jesus is truly God, and truly man!

Being a pastor's daughter means nothing. He is only your father and does not necessarily pass the knowledge to you.

Bart Siegwart 6 years ago

I often describe to people the image the Holy Spirit revealed to me of Jesus Christ. I see him as a perfect, innocent, sweet lamb. He looking back at me while being lead away up Calvery’s hill by a Roman soldier to the Cross, which is already standing upright,waiting for his perfect sacrifice. His eyes are sad and they are saying “I did this for you”.

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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Bart Siegwart

Jesus Christ came on earth to represent God and He sacrified Himself to die on our behalf. Faith in Christ would lead us to salvation. Praise God for His sacrifice!

GEORGE FAVOUR Aniefiok 5 years ago

He is the Saviour of the whole wide world

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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you George! There is no one else in this world but the Lord Jesus Christ!

Kolawole ebenezer 5 years ago

The lord bless every writer and brethen,readers are leader but have a servanthood heart

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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Greatly appreciate your thoughts. God would bless every writer and reader who glorify the Lord.

morehumanthanhuman 4 years ago

I enjoyed every ones wonderful thoughts. I pray He will come back as the Lion soon the sooner the better. the devil controls the white house.

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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author


Thanks for visiting the hub. Am extra glad that you are an ousider and not from the hub community.

We may all wish the Lion of Judah will come back sooner for it is getting more like the days of Noah. God's timing is better than our timing. Keep the faith and God bless.

zolile sigabi 3 years ago

I wana say yes Jesus was both lamb and he became the lion when he back to earth in Africa 1892.

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einron 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

zolile sigabi

Thank you for writing that Jesus was both lion and lamb. Jesus was not back in Africa 1892 but will soon be back to judge the whole world.

John 3 years ago

I dont know if someone pointed this out, but in isaiah 11 this site quotes it as the world and the lamb? Maybe a type, the bible says wolf and the lamb, i even double checked hebrew on it, no way does it read world there.

Figured id let ya kno

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einron 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author


Sorry, I do not know Hebrew.

william f downey 111 2 years ago

the lord went out like a lamb(to slaughter) when he returns he will come as the lion king and be king of the kingdom

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einron 2 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

When Jesus returns, He will judge the whole world. The innocent will go to heaven and the guilty will be sent to hell.

kato Lafont 2 years ago

This is a great teaching. Its for all seasons

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einron 2 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks for comments. Pass it on to those who would appreciate reading about the lion and the lamb. God bless.

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Gabriel 24 months ago

Praise be to God ,the alpha and the Omega. May he have mercy on our souls, especially those most needing his mercy! God bless

Domonic Goode 19 months ago

I have that lion on my neck. I also have the nick name Meeks give to me by friends. I am the Lion of Judah. You miss read the bible a bit but I am something like Jesus, but if he is your Lord and savor then you have been made one in Christ with the Father ,Son and Holy Ghost. Facebook me please if you want to know more.

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einron 19 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author


Thanks for your post. May God be merciful!

rebornkings777 17 months ago

I hope you can make a convert to PDF? because i want to a print, and share with my dearly brother and sister in Christ, please thanks.

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einron 17 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks but I cannot make any convert whatsoever. Conversion is from God!

rebornkings777 17 months ago

You seem not understand what i am saying.

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einron 17 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Sorry, I misunderstood you. I do not know how to convert to PDF.

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