What do you do when the consequences of your bad choices come crushing down upon you? When we pick up with chapter 29, we find David in a position where he is going to have to join the Philistine army in battle against his own people. His lack of faith in God’s protection and his deception of King Achish of Gath have brought he and his men to this critical point. Thankfully, David could never put himself beyond God’s ability to rescue, and God’s mercy is exactly what we see in this text.
Back in 15:23, as Samuel was rebuking Saul for his disobedience to God’s command, he said to Saul “Rebellion is as the sin of divination.” Divination is exactly what Saul resorts to at the end of his life. With the threat of the Philistines bearing down upon him and God not answering his pleas, he makes the sinful decision to visit a medium to call up Samuel from the grave. In this exchange, we see the peril of faithless religion, God’s sovereign hand in desperation, and the dangers of the occult.
We were made for worship. Every single human being who has ever or will ever exist is made to worship the one true Lord of the universe. Thus, Revelation 5 is a picture of what every child of God can anticipate for their future — being gathered around the throne to give honor and praise and glory to Him who sits on the throne and unto the Lamb!
Christ is the Great Healer that was wounded, and who by his very wounding earned our healing.
In the Lord Jesus Christ, believers have everything that they need. Everything they need for eternal life and godliness have been granted to them by the power of God in Christ, and it comes to them through the true knowledge of Christ. The glorious reality that God has given us Himself in the Lord Jesus is a solid rock for believers to build their lives upon, no matter their circumstance.
Here in Revelation 5, we see the Son who willingly humbled Himself in obedience to the Father returning to the greater place of exaltation in the heavenlies. When Christ takes the scroll from the Father’s hand, the four living creatures and the 24 elders are overcome with awe as they behold the glory of the Godhead displayed in the outworking of redemptive history. So they all fall down before the Lamb of God to worship. Their response models what our response should be to Christ.
Do you long for and end to all the wickedness and corruption of this creation? Do you wrestle with your own flesh and cry out for the day when you will stand in glory, completely free from this body of death? Then Rejoice! For Jesus Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of Jesse, and the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In this first of three sermons from Revelation 5, we explore how Christ is the exclusive Savior of the world by virtue of his atoning work.