The Ram and the Billy
Daniel 8: 4,5 -
I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great. And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
In these scriptures the era of Media-Persia is symbolized in the book of Daniel as a ram. The two horns, different in size, are obviously representative of Darius and Cyrus. What is to be noted is that Greece is symbolized a male goat (billy/buck) and the horn represented Alexandra the Great.
We need to understand why these specific animals were used to represent the respective characters. We know Jesus is referred to as a lamb even though He could have been referred as a ram. He could have been called the 'Ram of God' but God preferred calling Him the 'Lamb of God'.
It is only when we get into the character of animal and its physiology, we will understand the reasons. This is what is called image study.
God uses the same method to teach awesome things throughout the scriptures which we need to not ignore but dig into; for it is in these minute things that the greatest of great treasures are hidden in.
Just to give an example a lamb is fully covered with wool which represents grace, unlike a ram or a sheep. Jesus also fulfilled many of the requirements of the books of Moses by been a Lamb of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord in your boundless wisdom You have given us the instructions so that being in the flesh we understand some depth of your limitless Kingdom. Lord we pray that You open our minds and work our hearts that we surrender unto You and your Spirit and be renewed...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
John 1:29, 32-37
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
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