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Daily Bible Podcast Day 362 – Revelation 5-9

October 28, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” ~Revelation 7:9

Observation:
These are the believers killed in the great tribulation. They come from every people group, meaning that at the time this happens, there are Christians from every tribe and nation on earth.

Application:
I want to do my part to bring others to Christ. I’ll probably never reach a whole country, but I can reach some people.

Prayer:
Father, help me to reach those that I supposed to be reaching in my town. Perhaps I will never reach thousands, but I do want to be faithful in what you’ve called me to. Enlarge my leadership as I do my best to reach others.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 243 – Ezekiel 12-14, Revelation 5

July 1, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign[b] on the earth.'” ~Revelation 5:6-8

Observation:
In the Old Testament, the lamb represented the atoning sacrifice for sin. Jesus is referred to elsewhere as the sacrificial lamb. It’s interesting that, even in heaven, Jesus is portrayed as the sacrificial lamb. It seems from the text that this is what qualifies Jesus and only Jesus to open the scroll. Jesus is worshiped in Heaven specifically for His sacrifice, even by the angels, who are not and don’t need to be saved by the shedding of His blood.

Application:
If all heaven worships Jesus because of His atoning death, even those who didn’t need it, how much more should I worship Him for it, since I most definitely need it?

Prayer:
Father, I don’t fully understand the scenario played out in heaven in this passage. I obviously should worship because of Christ’s atonement, but the angels seem to worship merely due to the inherent goodness and mercy shown in that act. Thank You, Jesus for Your blood and I will do my best to worship You for it in the same spirit that the angels and the elders in heaven do.

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