The lion and the lamb appear in two bible verses, both in Isaiah. It is interesting because on both accounts, the lion and the lamb are part of messianic prophesy, but on neither account are the lion or the lamb in reference to Jesus. When we say that Jesus is the lion and the lamb, it is for completely separate reasons. Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and he is the Lamb of God.
The lion and the lamb appear in two verses in Isaiah, as follows.
Isaiah 11:6 (New American Standard Bible)
And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
Isaiah 65:25 (New American Standard Bible)
“The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.
In Isaiah chapter eleven, the prophet is talking about the millennial reign of the ‘Prince of Peace,’ Jesus. Wolves, leopards, lions and other predators would often feed on young animals like sheep, young goats, calves or other livestock. The verse is simply saying that there will be no death and there will be not predators. This exact theme returns in chapter sixty-five of Isaiah. In this picture, not only will they be “friends”, but they will actually all be vegetarians. Since there is no death, even men will no longer eat meat. (Fear not men, there is hope. In eternity with Christ, we will have no reason to crave steak.)
It is interesting at this point to note that where references in Isaiah to the lion and the lamb were not in reference to Christ, but the context of those verses was apocalyptic in nature. The references to Christ as the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God are apocalyptic as well.
Revelation 5 (New American Standard Bible)
…one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
There is just too much to talk about here, but the important thing is that the elders and the heavenly beings were in the presence of God. He had a book with seven seals on it which no one could open. The elders recognize in this verse that Christ, who is of the tribe of Judah and of the root of David has overcome death on earth and has come to open the book. We will talk about this more, but he can open it because it is his book.
John 1:36 (New American Standard Bible)
and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
This is words of the prophet John the Baptist. He recognized because of the Holy Spirit within him that Jesus was the Christ and he identified him as the Lamb.
Revelation 21:27 (New American Standard Bible)
and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
That’s right, the Lion is the Lamb and is Jesus Christ, the son of God. It is the Lamb’s book of life and in it are the names of those who have been cleansed by his blood so that they are not unclean before God. This book, which belongs to the Lion, the Lamb has the names of those who will enter into heaven.
Where this is not extensive analysis on the Lion and the Lamb, it is accurate evidence of the identity of the Lion and the Lamb, which is Jesus Christ.