The Lamb is Worthy Revelation 4 – 5 (p 1140-1141)
What did it have to do with the book of Revelation ? EVERYTHING !!! Revelation – the great Cosmic Battle between Good & Evil, God & Satan GOD’S Side Devotion to Christ Faithful Witness Love, service, perseverance SATAN’S Side Self Interest, Self Absorption Committed to Money, Power, Pleasure Indulgence, Exploitation, Oppression
The Throne & the “One” who sat on it (cf. Isa 6:1-3; Ezek 1: 4-28; Dan 7): Appearance of Jasper & Ruby Surrounded by a shining rainbow / halo The 24 Elders 12 Patriachs (OT) and 12 Apostles (NT) – i.e. The whole Covenant people of God The 4 Living Creatures Lion (mightiest wild animal)- Ox (mightiest tame animal) Man (Creature who rules creation – Gen 1:28) - Eagle (mightiest flying animal) Sea creatures? A sea smooth as glass (v 6; cf. Dan 7:2-3) “Eyes all around” (v 8; cf. Ezek 10:12) – unceasing vigilance, see/know everything
The Worship: “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty” Separate and “other” from creation “You are worthy... created all things... have their being” God is creator and sustainer of the universe and all its creatures. 24 Elders lay down their crowns before the throne The crowns belong to God. Given as a gift.
The key to the unravelling of history Writing on both sides Sealed with 7 seals No-one worthy to open the scroll In our day: Character - vs - Competence
Lion of Judah (Gen 49:9), Root of David (2 Sam 7:12- 16; Isa 11:10) The Lion is a Slain Lamb The victory of God is won by service, faithfulness, sacrifice. “Worthy” (v 9, 12) “Because you were slain” Bought (Redeemed) the people of God from every tribe, language, people. Shares the praise of the Father (v 13)
Ultimate rule belongs to God He controls the ultimate end of History The church will triumph and be victorious through sacrifice & faithfulness The “sevenfold Spirit” is “sent out into all the earth” (5:6)