DayBreaks for 8/26/14 – Still Singing After All These Years
NOTE: Galen and Laurel are relocating to Georgia this week, so warmed-over DayBreaks are on the menu. New DayBreaks will resume later this week! From 2004:
- 4:2-9 (NLT) – And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it! The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. And from the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven lampstands with burning flames. They are the seven spirits of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings had the form of a lion; the second looked like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth had the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
- 5:11-14 (NLT) – Then I looked again, and I heard the singing of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus: “The Lamb is worthy—the Lamb who was killed. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They also sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped God and the Lamb.”
The vision that John records in the book of Revelation (above) was very similar to a vision that the prophet Isaiah had 800 years earlier (Isaiah 6). But there are differences, as Mark Buchanan noted in The Holy Wild: in the time of Isaiah, the only ones who sang were the angels. It was an elite choir, to say the least. But now, 800 years later, it’s different. All of heaven and earth join in to sing the song. That’s one difference, but not the biggest one.
The second difference: in Isaiah’s vision, the seraphim around the throne use 2 of their wings to cover their eyes. As holy as these beings are, they would appear to not gaze upon the holiness of God Himself. It would have been too much, even for them. In John’s vision, the creatures who surround God’s throne are covered with eyes – all over and on every side. They still have 6 wings, but even the wings have eyes underneath them. In short – they can’t help but look upon the Lord who is high and lifted up.
What changed during those 800 years? Here it is in a nutshell: “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne.” This is the Lamb of God that John the Baptist declared took away the world’s sin.
The difference: Jesus. He is the difference. Like Isaiah, we are still people of unclean lips and hearts. But because of Jesus, that which not even angels once dared to look upon is made visible for all eyes to see, and in fact, God invites us to gaze upon the Son who died for us, but who lives forevermore.
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty!”
PRAYER: Give us hearts that are ready and willing to surrender anything You ask of us, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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