------------The Lion and the Lamb------------
One of the preparations during the season of Advent is a night reading from various Scripture passages, in particular from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, wherein he foretells the coming of the Savior. A favorite passage with children and grownups alike is Chapter 11, verses 1-10, commonly referred to as the passage of the lion and the lamb, especially the sense of peace it brings. For generations women have needlecrafted tapestries with this image, quilts have been made centered on the theme and many figurine sets have been made by artisans, and of course, it appears on Christmas cards. Below is the passage from Isaiah At the bottom of the page is a link for other versions.
OF THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOM OF CHRIST, TO WHICH ALL NATIONS SHALL REPAIR
And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and of godliness.
3 And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears;
4 But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
5 And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.
6 And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb: and the leopard shall lie down with the kid: and the calf and the lion, and the sheep shall abide together, and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk.
9 They shall not hurt, nor nor shall they kill in all my holy mountain, for the earth is filled with knowledge of the Lord, as the covering waters of the sea.
10 In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.
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IMAGE 9: THE PEACEABLE KINGDOM BY HICKS, 1846