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Revelation 4, 5: The Second Facet

Week 4, Thursday: The Word in worship

In the midst of this holy, mysterious, glorious service of worship, John’s attention is drawn to the “scroll” which is fully covered with writing, held in the right hand of God. This is the Word of God – not just the Bible, as we have it, but all the counsel and decrees of God, especially and ultimately as these are embodied in Him Who sits at the Father’s right hand.

Read Revelation 5

Meditate on Revelation 5.1-4
1.      God holds a scroll which is covered with writing on both sides. It is “sealed with seven seals.” This seems like a pretty important document, whatever it is. Why?

2.      A “strong angel” appears, addressing himself to the scroll. Why do we need to know that this is a “strong” angel? What importance do you attach to this “strong angel” wanting to have the scroll opened? Can you relate this angel – this “messenger” – and his character and burden to the “angels” – “messengers” – of the seven churches of chapters 2 and 3? Does the Lord intend an indirect message to the pastors of those 7 churches?

3.      Meditate on verse 3. Why would God have a scroll, full of writing, that no one in heaven or earth could read or interpret? How should this affect the way we think about this scroll and its contents?

4.      Notice John’s response to the dilemma of verse 3. Why does he weep? What kind of longing does this express? Do we weep when we cannot get at or understand the words God holds in His hand?

5.      From these verses, what can you surmise about the role of God’s Word in worship? Think about this for a bit, then answer this question as thoroughly as you can.

My Reflection
The scroll contains words God holds in His right hand. At the very least, the Word of God in Scripture is indicated here. How would you describe your attitude toward the Word of God at this time? How does that attitude manifest in your daily experience?

The Glory of God
God holds these words in His hand – His Word. The glory that adheres to Him Who sits on the throne is therefore shared in the words He holds in His hand. How should this affect our view of Scripture? Of all the other revelation of God (recall question 2 from yesterday)?

Glory to Glory
God “lends” His glory to His Word. His Word reveals His glory to us. How should the Word of God impact our lives? Meditate on 2 Corinthians 3.12-18 and 1 Corinthians 10.31 in thinking through your answer.

Recite Revelation 4.11. As you recite it, face and gesture in the direction of whatever is mentioned. Let your body get involved with this text as you internalize it in your soul.

Closing Prayer
My soul clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
I have declared my ways, and You answered me;
Teach me Your statutes.
Make me understand the way of Your precepts;
So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.
My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word.

Psalm 119.25-28

T. M. Moore

The book of Revelation is the culminating episode in the story of God’s covenant. To learn more about that covenant, and to discover the way it integrates all of Scripture into the Gospel of Jesus Christ, order a copy of T. M.’s book, I Will Be Your God, by clicking here.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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