Tuesday, July 06, 2021

2021.07.06 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 Here from All Nations

The great multitude of Revelation 7:9 is that great cloud of witnesses of Hebrews 12:1, who have obtained a good witness (Hebrews 11:39), and received their white robes (Revelation 7:9Revelation 7:13) back in Revelation 6:11 as those holding that good testimony of Revelation 6:9.

What an encouragement this multitude would be to us if we could see them! Well, we can both see them, and especially hear them, in this passage by faith! By the Spirit’s convincing you of the reality of Revelation 7:10-12, He sets before you again that marvelous encouragement of Hebrews 11:39–12:2 and Hebrews 12:22–24 but this time with perhaps even more dazzling, heavenly spectacle.

How great the multitude (Revelation 7:9a)! How diverse (verse 9b)! How marvelously attired (verse 9c)! How loud their crying out! How victorious their praise (Revelation 7:10)! How humbled before God (Revelation 7:11)! How lavish in adoring Him (Revelation 7:12)! How relieved from their trial (Revelation 7:14)! How continual in their service to Him and content in their fellowship with Him (Revelation 7:15)! How impervious to and protected from any danger (Revelation 7:16)! How personally attended to, lavished upon, and comforted by the Lamb and God (Revelation 7:17)!

What an encouragement to our persevering—especially since He Who sits upon the throne is the Perfecter of this faith that He has authored in us! Cling to Him! Already, He is sustaining you, and stirring your heart to worship; He will preserve you, and He is worthy of all your devotion in worship and life. And behold how He will perfect you. Cling to Him!

In what circumstance do you need encouragement to endure? What parts of the blessedness in this passage are most encouraging to you? What parts of it do you already enjoy? How often do you think about glory?

Suggested songs: ARP87 “The Lord’s Foundation” or TPH472 “Here from All Nations”

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