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Discover the Book - June 2, 2009

  • 2009 Jun 02

Adoring the Loveliness of Jesus

To worship Him who is worthy of all worship and praise is our duty and purpose of existence.  The Father seeks only one thing, and that is that we might worship Him.  To truly worship Him is to ascribe to Him that honor, praise, glory, and majesty that He is worthy of - a true "worth-ship.”  This day, join me as we stand in the vestibule and peer through the door into the chambers of the Most High. 

Through the eyes of that faithful and true disciple of love who alone remained, heir of the apostolic band-and with his pen, tried to capture that which when Paul saw it, said it was inexpressible. 

*       Let us listen to the choirs of angels in numberless circles about the glassy sea and its throne as they say His worthy praise. 

*       Let us listen to those eternal creatures chant “Holy, holy…holy,” and by faith's eye let us see with John that band which no man could number and listen to their songs of adoration and praise.  Do you know Him, Christ the Lord, Who merits such praise? 

*       Let us see Him now—worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to be praised this day by us who owe Him our all!

As we open to Revelation 4 we are stepping into the worship center of the universe. By faith let us gaze at the One who is seated on the Eternal Throne. As we watch, exalt God in your spirit as the endless praise is ascending around His Throne. Let us be still and know who it is before whom we stand. And then Adore the loveliness of Jesus as He is at the center and focus of my worship.

Adoring the loveliness of Jesus fills the entire 4th chapter

The Awesome Sovereign on the Throne (v. 1-3, 5)

The Awesome Scene around the Throne (v. 4, 6-7)

The Awesome Song before the Throne (v. 8-11)

The Awesome Sovereign on the Throne (v. 1-3, 5)

Revelation 4:1-11

v. 1 Worshiping the loveliness of Jesus is at God's invitation. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

v. 2 Worship must acknowledge God is in charge. Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.

*       THRONE is 46 times noted in Revelation; 14 of these times are in Chapter 4.  Thus the Throne and all the authority and power of God are very much evident throughout this special chapter.

v. 3 Worshiping God is utterly beautiful. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardis stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

*       Like Saturn the Throne of God is ringed. First, vertically like a 360 degree arch, a rainbow surrounds God's Throne. Then, horizontally like a vast plain the saints are gathered at the foot of God's Throne.

v. 5 Worship flows when we heed the holiness of God.

And from the throne preceded lightnings, thundering, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

*       Ezekiel saw what Moses saw at Mount Sinai, when God came down to give the law, thunder and lightning accompanied Him (Ex. 19:16).

*       The seven lamps connote completeness and symbolize the Holy Spirit of God (Rev. 1:4; note also Ezek. 1:13).

*       The writers of Scripture, seeking to describe the indescribable, portray the presence of God as an unbelievable display of power filled with thunder and lightning, blinding light, and a sparkling, dazzling array of colors and rainbows.  

The Awesome Scene around the Throne   (v. 4, 6-7)

v. 4 Worship unites the redeemed of all the ages meeting at the feet of Jesus. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

*       The number 24 suggests many Biblical ideas. There were 24 courses of priests in the service of the Tabernacle and temple (I Chr. 24:3-5). There are also two groups of 12 that represent God's saints: the 12 Tribes of Israel and the 12 Apostles of Christ's Church.

  v. 6 Worship is unceasingly offered in the presence of God.

Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 

v. 7 Worship is to reflect God's attributes: Jesus kingship, servant hood, humanity and deity. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.   

The Awesome Song before the Throne (v. 8-11)

v. 8 Worship focuses solely upon God. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

*       Almighty is used 9 times in revelation; 31 times in Job. The only other time in New Testament is II Cor. 6:18.

v. 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, worship honors and glorifies God.

v. 10 The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 


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