The Lamb is Worthy Revelation 5:11-14
11. a. The sacrificed Lamb is…
Worthy and deserving to receive
- power – Authority
- riches – Abundance both earthly and spiritual
- wisdom – His accomplishment in redeeming all creation displayed the greatest possible wisdom.
- strength – He displayed the ability to accomplish His purposes.
- honor – He deserves and should be esteemed and treated with honor for what He has done.
- glory – Glory or praise might refer to the honor we feel in our hearts; this to the expression of that by the language of praise.
- blessing – To bless God means our heart is so full of love and gratitude we desire that he be honored, loved, and praised by everyone everywhere. Barnes
The Greek includes the “and” between each of the SEVEN (there’s that number again) on the list. This adds emphasis and makes the reader or listener pay attention to each one.
The Lamb is worthy because he was made a sacrifice for sin. He paid the price AND has the power to make it happen.
The Lamb’s sacrifice provided my redemption from the bondage of sin, guilt, and Satan. His priceless gift can only be rewarded by gifts from God. Nothing we could give compares to what He did for us.
He not only purchased our freedom, He also made us kings and priests.
- Kings, to rule over our own spirits, to overcome the world, and the evil one.
- Priests, giving us access to himself, and liberty to offer up spiritual sacrifices.
That’s some choir and orchestra! John heard it all — one hundred million angels and then some.
The whole universe heard and responded to the worship in the Throne Room, even those already in the realm of the dead.
Once again, a question brings a familiar verse to my attention in a dramatic way.
I should be more lavish with my praise and more specific about God’s attributes.
I should thank Him and praise Him for the spiritual and eternal things He has done for everyone, not just for me. I’m sure my gratitude and complaints focus more on my own physical comforts or lack thereof.
We should never remove our worship hat. I remember an interview with a worship leader. She shared how as she got in the car to go lead worship at a special meeting following a trying day with her children. She took a deep breath and said, “mom hat off, worship hat on.” He pastor/father-in-law said, “That’s your problem. You never should have taken off the worship hat.”
12. a. Who praised the Lamb,
- 100,000,000 and then some angels
- The four living beings
- The twenty-four elders
- The entire universe joins them.
Their praise is appropriate because the Lamb is worthy. He is responsible for the redemption of those who receive the gift.
b. In God we, and EVERYTHING He created, lives and moves and exists!
The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! From Acts 17:28-29 MSG
- God created man in His image – a reflection of His nature.
- God blessed them and empowered them saying:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul! MSG
God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Every creature in the forest is mine,
the wild animals on all the mountains.
I know every mountain bird by name;
the scampering field mice are my friends. MSG
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small.
That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. MSG
13. a. The universal chorus sang
To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.
Four-fold not seven-fold this time led by the four living creatures. They relate to the earth and so does the number four.
John said he heard the entire universe, including the dead, some say, join in offering praise to God and the Lamb as commanded in the following Psalm:
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,
kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women,
old men and children.
Revelation 5 :13 doesn’t specifically say John saw anything. If his vision included a glimpse of this universal chorus, he probably would have said so(?) I think he probably just knew the source of the sound.
b. God’s creation displays His Glory.
The magnificent color and light effects at sunset and during thunderstorms
The beauty of natural things and places–blankets of snow with every flake a unique creation, fall leaves bursting with color, spring flowers in every shape, size, and color, grains of sand, the Grand Canyon, trees–oh, how I adore trees–clouds…
The musical sound of ocean waves, rivers, waterfalls, babbling brooks, rain drops, birds, wind rustling through tree leaves, crickets, baby’s laughter…
Just because we don’t hear (with our natural ears) sound made by rocks, we know they are capable and likely are generating sound.
For thousands of years, no one saw the beauty and complexity of snowflakes and grains of sand.
How many beautiful treasures have yet to be discovered? And how many more senses will our eternal bodies have that we don’t now have?
I can imagine God’s delight as He anticipates someone seeing His snowflake creation for the first time. Why else would He do that? So many hidden treasures await us.
What about these rocks that sound like bells when struck? Amazing.