My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Revelation 4


Then I was led through a door into a big room, and this freaky guy was sitting in the centre on a throne. Kinda indescribable. There were 24 elders around him, and there was all this thunder and lightening. There were seven lamp, spirits, around the throne. There were four strange creatures around the throne. They were covered with eyes. They constantly praised God, and whenever they do so, the elders all praised too.

Key verse:
3. the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.

My thoughts:
I love these chapters which describe the throne room. For me, it truly gives us a picture of what worship really is. John is struggling for words to describe what he saw, particularly God on the throne. He's not really making sense. He's trying to describe the indescribable.

24 elders. One for each tribe and Apostle.

Notice how there are the seven spirits of God here, but it's quite clear that John is not refering to the Holy Spirit split, but rather to other things. We can see this because John constantly refers to the Holy Spirit when he says he was in the Spirit.

I love the songs of Revelation, the heaven songs. The songs of praise that the heavenly beings sing to God. In my head they are the purest most perfect songs to sing in our praise of God.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.


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