Revelation 5:1-14 – October 23

God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!

We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally, or if you want to know what Ms. Moore has to say about a specific verse, just ask in the comments section on our website.

You can read the NIV version of today’s reading below or your favorite Bible version then spend some time meditating and journaling on the reading, letting God speak to you through it. We encourage use of the SOAP method of Bible study as you grow in your relationship with God. Check out the What’s SOAP tab above for more info. Also, below today’s reading is a SOAP journal entry from our team to help dive into God’s Word. And we encourage you to share your SOAP journal entry, prayer requests, or questions in the Comments section on our website.

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Revelation 5:1-14 – The Scroll and the Lamb

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

All Those Stored Up Prayers | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Revelation 5:8

Observation

We have not because we ask not (James 4:2-3)! God finds our prayers so important that He is storing them up and not losing track and putting them right here in His book. “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God will I praise His word: in the Lord will I praise His word.” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭56:8-10‬ ‭KJV) You hear them and want to keep them all. Just like me as a mama wanting to save all my cherished notes, emails, cards, special drawings, and gifts.

This is a reiteration from the last study why You want me to be continuously in prayer. What a sweet fragrance for You. Beautiful smells, new songs (vs. 13)…what an experience that I can’t wait to be living.

Application

This chapter is full of Your greatness, glory, and worthiness, Jesus! Let me start singing my new song now and sing my prayers to You too.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this chapter and for The Lamb that was slain, The Lion of Judah – who reigns forever. Let us sing His new song and fill Your heavens with wonderful and glorious fragrances. In Your glorious name, Jesus I pray…Amen!

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  1. In chapter 4 yesterday we talked about the lack of description of God, so as not to limit Him. Here in verse 1, though, John describes God as having a right hand. But of course! Scripture is very clear about who sits at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19, 22:69); Stephen as he is becoming the first martyr sees the glory of God and Jesus at His right hand (Acts 7:55). I think God is holding that scroll right where Jesus sits, the scroll to be spoken into existence through the Word (Logos, Jesus) to bring about a new heaven and earth. Psalm 110:1 – The Lord says to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

    A few notes on Chapter 5 from Beth Moore, before the DVD locked up:

    – Verses 1-4 bring us to utter hopelessness, no one can measure up, we all fall short; God lets us feel loss so we can better appreciate gain
    – Verse 6: Jesus was there at the throne of God!
    – Scroll: could be scroll of destiny in that reading scroll would unleash end of days or could be like a title deed of earth where first Adam was given dominion over earth but messed it up and now Jesus is being given the title deed to create a new heaven and earth
    – This particular prayer in the bowls may be what is being answered in this vision, from the Lord’s prayer and prayed countless times since Jesus first spoke it: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

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