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The Scroll and the Lamb December 22, 2015

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 5.

Summary: In this passage, John sees that God the Father is holding a scroll that is sealed with seven seals. Initially it appears that no one is worthy to open this scroll – yet God the Son rectifies this issue. He takes this scroll from His Father – spurring a hymn of praise from the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures. A plethora of angels join them in this hymn of praise to God the Son. All creation then praises God the Father and God the Son.

Thoughts: Verses 11 and 12 could be used to support the theory of my former pastor that I mentioned in a previous post. In particular, the apparent supremacy of God the Son – compared to God the Father – is highlighted by the following facts:

  • “many angels” praise God the Son in this passage
  • “many angels” did not praise God the Father in the previous passage.

I should reiterate that this is a debatable theory, and I certainly hope to probe John on this point in the next life. In any case, believers can certainly agree that God the Son is worthy of all of our praise and worship; thus, it is right that the “many angels” offer Him “power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.”

The vision that is recounted in this passage is arguably more sublime than that of the previous passage, since it records praise from “many angels” and “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them.” I certainly wonder how a diverse range of creatures, including coelacanths, shrikes and water bears can praise God. In any case, this passage is a valuable reminder that God is the Creator of all things; thus, all things are bound to praise Him in some way. Since He has exercised His authority and power in creating them, they will eventually acknowledge His authority and power. I hope that when I witness this scene in the next life, I will be able to comprehend its sublimity without succumbing to sensory overload.

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