Revelation 5

Highlight:

Revelation 5:1–14 (NKJV) 

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” 14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. 

Explain:

Revelation 5: 1-5 The one on the throne holds a scroll, written inside and out, containing seven seals. A strong angel seeks for someone worthy to open the scroll and read it, but no one is found. John weeps over this until one of the elders tells him not to weep because the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has won the victory and is worthy to open the scroll. 6-10 Then John sees a lamb that looked like it had been slaughtered standing before the throne having seven eyes representing the seven-fold Spirit. He takes the scroll and the elders and the four living beings worship singing “You are worthy because you were killed and your blood ransomed the people from evey tribe and you have caused them to become servants of God. They will reign on the earth.” 11-14 Then John saw millions of angels around the throne and living creatures around the throne singing, “Worthy is the Lamb to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing.” Then every creature in heaven, earth, under the earth, and in the sea sang, “Blessing, honor, glory and power to the one who sits on the throne, the Lamb, forever and ever.” The four living beings say, “Amen!” and the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the Lamb.

The greatest word for this chapter is “Overcome.” The creatures who are watching this heaven drama are overcome with worship at what they see. They do not fall on their faces because everyone else is doing it. They do not fall on their faces because they feel like it’s the right thing to do. They fall on their faces because they are “overcome” with worship.

Apply:

I cannot be satisfied with mediocre, have to worship. I must persevere in my seeking of God until I am “overcome.” I must see Him for Who He is!

Respond:

I pray, overcome me with the reality of Who You are, O Lord!

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