- After describing the scene of the throne room, John focuses in on some of the details.
- John sees a scroll in the right hand of the One on the throne. It has writing on the inside and the outside, with seven seals keeping it shut.
- John then sees a “strong angel” who asks if anyone is worthy to break the seven seals and open the scroll. I really curious as to how John saw this angel as “strong”, are some bulkier and more built than others?
- No one in all of creation, in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, was able to read it.
- John then experiences intense emotion that no one was found worthy to open the scroll, he wept bitterly.
- But one of then one of the 24 elders interrupts John’s weeping and points to the Lion of the tribe of Judah; the promised heir to David’s throne has emerged victorious and He is worthy to open the scroll. Because of this, John is told to stop weeping!
- John turns to see the Lion of Judah, but his eyes see a lamb who looked like it had been slaughtered.
- The lamb stood between the throne and the four creatures and amongst the 24 elders.
- The lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the seven/whole/perfect spirit of God that were sent out into every part of the earth,
- The Lamb steps forward and takes the scroll from the hand of the One on the throne.
- At that moment, the four living creatures and the 24 elders all fall before Him. Each elder has a harp and a gold bowl filled with incense, which represents the prayers of God’s people. They then sing a new song.
- The Lamb is worthy to take and open the seal, because His blood ransomed God’s people from every people group so they might become a kingdom of priests of God to reign on the earth.
- In addition to this small group, John hears thousands and millions of angels join in to sing more of the song.
- The Lamb who was slain is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and blessing.
- As if that chorus was not enough, every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and in the sea join in to sing.
- Both the One on the throne and the Lamb are worthy to receive blessing, honor, glory, and power.
- At the conclusion of the singing, the four living creatures say “Amen!” and the 24 elders fall before the Lamb in worship.
As we’ve been reading Revelation, there have been times when I struggle to see an application, but God is always faithful to show me something!
John is weeping at what is truly a problem. No one can be found to open this scroll. But then he is told that there is a solution! The Lamb has overcome. But John is specifically told “stop weeping!” There are times in my life when I take the time to “weep” over problems, and a lot of them are legitimate. But sometimes I bask there longer than I should. I forget that the Lamb has overcome! Though there is a time for sadness, that should not be where I stay. I must remember the end of the story and reflect on the joy and awe that comes from that. Because the Lamb has overcome, I have been redeemed by His blood and have been made a priest in a kingdom of royalty.
Lord, I thank you that you do not devalue the things I “weep” about. I praise you that you do not leave me there. Through different ways your remind me that the Lamb has overcome. Would you use me this week to remind others of the assurance as well as share your story with people this week. Thank you for using people like me Jesus, amen.
Posted on Mon, December 7, 2015
by Brian Landers