Revelation 4:1-11 1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME." 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 "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."
Revelation is never my first choice for study, I just can not wrap around it very well and it's on the receiving end of so much speculation and prediction (I left the Left Behind Series on store shelves).
So, when I offered to contribute to RPC devotions and just take whatever anybody else did not want, I was not fully prepared to be assigned a long passage from Revelation. That's what I get for fake generosity. Next time I need to pull a greedy grab of my devo scripture of choice, that is real Christian living.
Here is my rough draft for the one or two of you reading, again, fumbling in the dark, leaving tons of room for the Holy Spirit to move the reader beyond the feeble start:
In the book of Revelation, John shares with us a closer look into heaven. Heaven is a place that is whole, not burdened or corrupted with the brokenness of this world. Heaven is a place of perfect worship.
It is a wild description of God’s throne with powerful imagery which captures who is in heaven and more importantly, how they relate to each other. The throne is the God-head, It is a place that erupts with lightning and thunder, it is the source of all power. Then, John writes of an interesting mix of the others, all of whom respond or react to the power of the throne with all glory, honor and thanks.
It’s relationship: The creator and the created perfectly engaged.
It’s worship: The creator and the created perfectly engaged.
It’s the answer: When we engage a noisy world full of questions, distractions and temptation, we do well to remember that worship is the first best response. That our whole lives are purposed to be a response to God’s power.
I was getting lost in my own little mind, which is an amusing place to be, going in circles about offer/respond...initiation/answer...and wrapping it into worship (the theme for the devotional book). This meandering is a normal process of writing for me--I may well die with blogs and not books because of it.
Need to get it to practical application, any thoughts?