3. a. Lying upon the right hand of Him who sat on the throne–
βιβλίον — “biblion” bill, book, scroll, writing¹
Written inside and on the back — implies fulness and completeness, so that nothing more needs to be added (Rev. 22:18). The roll, or book, appears from the context to be “the title-deed of man’s inheritance” [De Burgh]² redeemed by Christ, and contains the successive steps by which He shall recover it from its usurper and obtain actual possession of the kingdom already “purchased” for Himself and His elect saints…The designs and methods of Diving Providence, toward the church and the world, are stated, fixed, and made a matter of record.
Sealed (seal closely) with seven seals (a mark of privacy or genuineness), literal or figurative.¹
This represented the secret purposes of God about to be revealed…The counsels of God are altogether hidden from the eye and understanding of the creature. The several parts are not unsealed and opened at once, but after each other, till the whole mystery of God’s counsel and conduct is finished in the world.3
God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
b. John wept bitterly
…when no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth [in Hades, the realm of the dead] was found worthy [having the authority and virtue] to open the scroll and to break its seals. AMP
John knew that something profound was locked inside those parchments that he and all believers needed to know.
John had more than a personal desire. He was in the Spirit realm, seeing and sensing in his spirit through the indwelling Holy Spirit. I think the Holy Spirit in him longs to see the fulfillment and is perhaps interceding through him. If not interceding, he senses the desire of God’s own longing to see His plan for mankind to be revealed and manifested.
That said, John is a pattern to us to imitate, as an eager and teachable learner of the Apocalypse.²
Update: In class I heard the view John was simply responding as a human would. Even though he was in the spirit, there was a disconnect between his spirit side and his human side.
I think only his heightened spiritual awareness would cause him to grieve that way. Our human side reacts more to non-spiritual things. What do you think?
4. Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the root of David.
- This passage reveals the Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah.
- His brothers will praise and honor Him.
- He will have the strength of a lion cub.
- He will rule the nations forever.
- There is a reference to the vine and branches.
- Wine and blood will cleanse His robes.
When David wanted to build a proper house for God to live in among His people, God made a promise to David.
- He promised to raise up one of David’s sons to build a house for Him.
- He also made a covenant with David:
- His descendant will build a house for God’s Name and His Presence, and God will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 1 Samuel 7:12-13
In that day the heir to David’s throne
will be a banner of salvation to all the world.
The nations will rally to him,
and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.
5. Look closely, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the Root of David, has overcome and conquered! He can open the scroll and [break] its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 NLT
Rev 5:9 The song of triumph
And they sang a new song [of glorious redemption], saying,
“Worthy and deserving are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. AMP
Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! NLT
Thank You, Jesus, for Your sacrifice that paid my penalty for sin.
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