Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Revelation 5 - The Scroll and the Lamb

In this chapter we see the scroll with 7 seals that no one could open until the Lion of Judah, the Lamb came and was worthy to open them.  “Worthy is the lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”Rev. 5:12.   They sang this is a loud voice (Rev. 5:12) 

John saw a scroll with writings on both sides and sealed with 7 seals.  The writing on both sides means it is complete and there is nothing to add to it.  A strong angel (some translations say a mighty angel) said no one was worthy to open the scroll.  These strong angels are mentioned 3 times in Revelation.  These angels are not identified; they are special and proclaim God’s revelation.  God could not open it, because He had given the right to man to rule the earth.  John wept and wept, because he seemed to know the importance of this scroll.  John felt hopeless, but God never leaves us hopeless.  Then an elder told John to stop weeping, because the Lion of Judah, the Root of David has overcome and He could open it.  That was Jesus, the Messiah who was foretold in Genesis 49:9-10, Samuel 7, Isaiah and others books in the Old Testament.

Then John saw a Lamb standing there as if slain meaning He was slain, but now is alive.  He had 7 horns and 7 eyes, which are the 7 Spirits of God.  The Horns indicate great power.  The eyes show He knows everything and nothing is hidden from Him.  The 7 Spirits show His completeness, the Trinity.  The Lamb took the book and the creatures and elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.  They had with them harps and golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  This Lamb was Jesus.  Then they sang a new song, “You are worthy, to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”Rev. 5:9-10. 

He was the only one worthy to open the scroll and the song tells just why He was worthy:
He is the Lamb who had been slain.  He died on a cross for the sins of us all.  Now He lives.
His death provides a ransom for His people.  He bought us freedom from the power of sin.
He makes His people into a kingdom and priests who serve God here on earth.

Then John saw thousands and thousands of angels around the throne and together with the creatures and elders they sang a song of praise.  “Worthy is the lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”Rev. 5:12.  You will notice in this verse there are 7 qualities indicating perfection.  Then every creature in heaven and on earth sang, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” Rev. 5:13.

Wow!  You see a lot of worshipping going on and if anyone deserves it, it is Jesus.  All I can say is WOW!

How are you in awe toward Jesus and what He has done?
Does this chapter challenge you to be more worshipful?
How does this influence your daily worship?
What difference does the exalted Christ make in the way you think and live?

Join me next week we continue our study.  Hope to see you here.


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