“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Revelation 5, “THE SCROLL AND THE LAMB,” cont’d

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“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

Lamb a young sheep.  Lambs formed an important part of almost every Old Testament Sacrifice (Numbers 6:14; Leviticus 4:32; Exodus 29:38-41).  A non-resisting Sacrificial Lamb Symbolized The Promised Messiah (Isaiah 53:7), and John calls Jesus “Lamb Of God” (John 1:29).  This Symbolism occurs also in Revelation 5:12; 7:9; 19:7; 22:1).  Christ Is Called The Christian’s Passover In 1 Corinthians 5:7.

“THE SCROLL AND THE LAMB,” cont’d, Revelation 5:8) And When HE Had Taken The Book, The Four Beasts And Four And Twenty Elders Fell Down Before THE LAMB, Having Every One Of Them Harps, And Golden Vials Full Of Odours, Which Are The Prayers Of Saints.  Psalm 141:2.  9) And They Sung A New Song, Saying THOU ART WORTHY TO TAKE THE BOOK, AND TO OPEN THE SEALS THEREOF: FOR THOU WAS SLAIN, AND HAST REDEEMED US TO GOD BY THY BLOOD Out Of Every Kindred, And Tongue, And People, And Nation;  10) And Hast Made Us Unto Our GOD Kings And Priests:  And We Shall Reign On The Earth.  11) And I Beheld, And I Heard The Voice Of Many Angels Round About The Throne And The Beasts And The Elders:  And The Number Of Them Was Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand, And Thousands Of Thousands;  Psalm 68:17; Daniel 7:10; Hebrews 12:22.  12) Saying With A Loud Voice, WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN TO RECEIVE POWER, AND RICHES, AND WISDOM, AND STRENGTH, AND HONOUR, 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, Heard I Saying, Blessing, And Honour, And Glory, And Power, BE UNTO HIM THAT SITTETH ON THE THRONE, AND UNTO THE LAMB FOR EVER AND EVER.  Ephesians 3:21.  14) And The Four Beasts Said, Amen.  And The Four And Twenty Elders Fell Down And WORSHIPPED HIM THAT LIVETH FOR EVER AND EVER.  Hallelujah! 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, The Prayers Of The Saints (Believers) held in Golden Bowls Are Used In Worshiping The Lamb.  v9-10, The New Song Celebrates The Redemptive Work Of The Son As The Basis Of His Right To Judge.  Divine Rule Has Its Basis In Divine Creation (ch. 4) And Redemption.  v11-14, Blessing And Honor And Glory And Power:  Every creature, that is all creation, Shouted Praise To The Lamb, Fulfilling The Decree That “Every Tongue Should (Shall) Confess That Jesus Christ Is Lord (Philippians 2:11).  

Quest Study Bible – chs. 5-10, “What are these Objects all about?”  The contents suggest that the Scrolls (5:1; 10:2) are concerned with future events.  The Seals, Trumpets and Thunders may be seen as part of the Scrolls Contents.  Each of the Seven-fold Series seems to lead us to the end of the world.  How do They fit together?  John is not a chronologist so, for example, the Trumpets do not necessarily follow the Seals in strict chronological order.  It may help to see John as an artist or musician.  If his “musical theme” is the end of the world, then each series (Seals, Trumpets, Thunders) is a “variation” that adds to the Composition.  Each One heightens and intensifies the Final, Climactic Confrontation Between God And The Forces of Evil.  It is the Theological Message, not a strict chronology, that really counts.  The Seals remind us that evil exists only By Permission From God.  The Trumpets Call People To Repentance.  The Thunders Emphasize God’s Judgment (8:5).

Quest Study Bible – v11-14, “Why Does God Need Or Want So Much Praise?”  See “Why Is It Necessary To Praise God So Much?”  (4:9-10).  Revelation 4:9) And when those Beasts Give Glory and Honour And Thanks To Him That Sat On The Throne, Who Liveth For Ever And Ever, 10) The four and twenty Elders Fall Down Before Him That Sat On The Throne, And Worship Him That Liveth Forever And Ever, And Cast Their Crowns Before The Throne, saying,  11) Thou Art Worthy, O Lord, To Receive Glory And Honour And Power:  For Thou Hast Created All Things, And For Thy Pleasure They Are And Were Created.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-14, It Is A Matter Of Joy To All The World, To See That God Deals With Men In Grace And Mercy Through The Redeemer.  He Governs The World, Not Merely As The Creator, But As Our Saviour.  The Harps Were Instruments Of Praise; The Vials Were Full Of Odors, Or Incense, Which Signify The Prayers Of The Saints:  Prayer And Praise Should Always Go Together.  Christ Has Redeemed His People From The Bondage Of Sin, Guilt And Satan.  He Has Not Only Purchased Liberty For Them, But The Highest Honor And Preferment:  He Made Them Kings And Priests; Kings To Rule Over Their Own Spirits, And To Overcome The World, AND THE EVIL ONE; And He Makes Them Priests; Giving Them Access To Himself, And Liberty To Offer Up Spiritual Sacrifices.  What Words Can More Fully Declare That Christ Is, And Ought To Be Worshiped, Equally With The Father, By All Creatures, To All Eternity!  Happy (Are) Those Who Shall Adore And Worship In Heaven, AND WHO SHALL FOREVER BLESS THE LAMB, WHO DELIVERED AND SET THEM APART FOR HIMSELF BY HIS BLOOD.  How Worthy Art Thou, O God, Father, Son, And Holy Ghost, Of Our Highest Praises!  ALL CREATURES SHOULD PROCLAIM THY GREATNESS, AND ADORE THY MAJESTY.  Amen.   

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