What’s the difference between a lamb and a sheep?

What’s the difference between a lamb and a sheep?
These terms are commonly used in the bible.

Lamb and Sheep are the same. Lamb is the young of the sheep. :)
Just as a cub is the young of a lion.

Lamb is usually less than 12 months old. Tender. Think lambchop!
Sheep is an adult, strong, and tougher. Think mutton!

In the bible, I believe lambs are usually used as sacrifice as they are young, clean, unblemished, spotless, etc.
Isaiah 53:7 As a lamb that is led to the slaughter, And as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; Yea, he opened not his mouth.

Yup, this verse nicely describes the lamb and the sheep. Lamb slaughter. A sheep grown and before the shearers.

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~ by ymsim on 2010/03/20.

4 Responses to “What’s the difference between a lamb and a sheep?”

  1. Good afternoon. Thank you for your definition of sheep and lamb as used in Scripture. New to the Lord and studying, discover words may have more meaning than intended. Was reading John 21:15-17, and googled the question, and here you are! Wonderful…

    God bless you always, Terry

  2. Hi Terry, glad this post of use. :) All glory and praise to Christ as he leads us along. The Bible, the best book I’ve ever read and am still reading and studying. May the Spirit guide us along and show us the truth.

    There’s one thing I read, and I firmly believe on it.
    The Bible is meant for believers, not for the Skeptics.

    God Bless!

  3. Wow! How profound. I never really understood the difference bewtween a lamb and a sheep until today!

    Now I see… Lambs are babes. Sheep are mature. No wonder He said, ‘My sheep hear My voice and no other voice will they follow.’ A mature Christian recognizes God’s voice, and knows (by experience) that there are consequences for disobedience.

    May the Lord continue to bless your obedience! Amen!

  4. It strike me when Jesus says to Peter, John 21:15 Feed my lambs ( I take this as young converts, immature in the christian life, then next Jesus instructs Peter to take care of the sheep, ie hopefully these lamb have grown, little time has passed and finally Jesus instructs Peter to again feed his sheep, though now grown bit and are in the process maturing, Peter needs to keep feeding these. The process of feeding and taking care of God’s people never will stop until we see Christ face to face.

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