Tuesday, March 16, 2021

2021.03.16 Hopewell @Home ▫ Revelation 7:9–17

Read Revelation 7:9–17

Questions from the Scripture text: Whom did the apostle see in Revelation 7:9? In what were they clothed? What were they crying out in Revelation 7:10? With what kind of voice? Who respond to this in Revelation 7:11? What do they do? What do they say in Revelation 7:12? Who asks John a question in Revelation 7:13? How does John answer in Revelation 7:14? Whom does the elder say they are? In what have they washed their robes? Where are they (Revelation 7:15)? What do they do? When? What does “He who sits on the throne” do? What two things won’t they do anymore (Revelation 7:16)? What two things won’t strike them? Who is in the midst of the throne (Revelation 7:17)? What will He do to them? Where will He lead them? What will God do to them?   

Next week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, Song of Adoration, and Prayer of Confession all come from Revelation 7:9–17, so that we will see that we are singing God’s thoughts after Him with Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

We will be joining the great assembly of vv9–12 this coming Lord’s Day (cf. Hebrews 12:22–29). For what will they be worshiping our God?

They will be praising Him that He must save and He alone. “Salvation belongs to God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:11)! Salvation is the Lord’s proprietary work. Not the labors of our hands. Not the intensity of our zeal. Not the depth of our emotions. Salvation is His alone.

They will be praising Him that “Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and power and might” are His forever and ever (Revelation 7:12). The One who has saved them is the all-glorious, all-powerful God. The Rock of Ages, as it were, from Whom fountains of living waters flow (Revelation 7:17; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:4, Exodus 17:5–7).

They will be praising Him that they have been washed clean in His blood (Revelation 7:13-14). The blood which flowed from the side of Christ has cleansed them now, not only from the guilt of sin, but even from the power and the presence of sin!

They will be praising Him for His enthroned glory, where they behold Him and worship Him and He dwells among them (Revelation 7:15). They will be praising Him for removing every trouble: hunger, thirst, the striking of sun or heat, even every last tear (Revelation 7:16-17).

And though we see that victory only from afar at the moment, when we join them on the coming Lord’s Day, we will praise Him for the same, as it touches the situation of our soul and life in this world. Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee!

How can you be saved? How can you be cleansed? What are you looking forward to in glory? How can you do it now? 

Suggested songs: ARP18A “I Love You Lord” or TPH452 “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”

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