Friday, December 31, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Sixty-Two

Day Three Hundred Sixty-Two, Revelation 4-8

In today's reading, John's vision includes four living creatures, twenty-four elders, a scroll with seven seals, a Lamb who is the only One able to open the seals on the scroll, and the saints and angels worshiping.

The first thing that I am amazed by in today's reading is all of the praise that is given to God. The four living creatures say, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." The twenty-four elders say, "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." The elders also praise the Lamb with, "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." The angels praise the Lamb with, "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Finally, the entire universe, every creature, says, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"

I do love the fact that in this reading the prayers of the saints are described as "golden bowls of incense."

Regardless of what all this symbolizes, one thing is certain: God will take care of those who belong to Him. "They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

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