Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018.11.06 Hopewell @Home ▫ Revelation 5

Questions for Littles: What did the One on the throne have in v1? What question does the strong angel ask in v2? What was v3’s answer to the question? How did John respond to this (v4)? Whom did the elder say had prevailed to be able to do it (v6)? When John looks for this Lion in v6, what does he see (v6)? What does the Lamb come and take in v7? What had Jesus taken in v8? What do the four living creatures and twenty-four elders do when they see this? What does v8 call Jesus? What does a harp represent? What does the verse tell us the bowls of incense represent? What kind of song did they sing in v9? What did they say Jesus was worthy to do? Why do they say that He is worthy? What has Jesus made out of those whom He has redeemed (v10)? What does John see in v11? How many angels were there? What were they saying in v12? With what kind of voice? How many of the creatures in heaven were doing so (v13)? How many of those on the earth? How many of those under the earth? How many of those in the sea? To whom were they shouting this blessing and honor and glory and power? What did the four living creatures say in v14? What did the twenty-four elders do? What does v14 call Jesus?
This week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, and Confession of Sin came from Revelation 4:11-5:14.

Every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every knee and every tongue on earth. Every knee and every tongue in heaven.

No one else has the power to control all of history. And our Lord Jesus exercises this power to control in two infinitely important ways. First, He crushes His enemies. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He is the Root of David. He has prevailed. He has crushed the serpent’s head!

But the truly glorious thing is the way that He did this. As we quoted earlier from Philippians 2, perhaps you remembered how that comes about it: Jesus Christ, for whom equality with God was not something that had to be grasped at, humbled Himself to become a man, and especially to die the death of the cross as a man.

So, when John looks for this Lion that the elder has told him about in Revelation 5, what does he see? Not a Lion but a Lamb… and not just any Lamb, but a Lamb that appears that it has been slain!

It is this, specifically, Jesus’s being saving us by shedding His blood for us, that makes heaven and earth explode with His praises! How about for you?
What about Jesus and what He has done brings out your praise the most?
Suggested songs: ARP22A “My God, My God” or TPH431 “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”

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