And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth (5:6).
As we try to gain our footing after being flattened from our glimpse of Him Who Is Holy, Holy, Holy, our attention is immediately turned to a book filled inside and out with writing.
I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals, (5:1).
“This book is here represented as being in the right hand of God, to signify that, as he alone directs the affairs of futurity, so he alone is able to reveal them,” Benson Commentary.
And this book that directs the affairs of the future is sealed; and the question is raised, is there anyone worthy to open the secrets of God contained locked within this book? And so overwhelmingly distressing is it to John when it seems that no one is worthy to open, or even look into this book, that he cannot control his weeping; for even the strongest of angels could not break the seal.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it, (5:2-4).
And John wept, until his attention was redirected; and behold, he saw Him, the Lamb Who Was Slain.
and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth, (5:5-6).
John had written of Him in his gospel, when he described how John the Baptist had also called to behold the Lamb.
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29).
The apostle John had seen Jesus as the Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world. And now John beholds Him, the Lamb Who was foreseen, and is now seen as the Lamb Who Was Slain to bring all of history to completion according to His plan from the foundation of the world.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…’ 41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels,'” (Matthew 24:34, 41).
Consider Him, the Lamb Who Was Slain
“…behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals,” (5:5).
- He Is the Prophesied Lamb from the tribe of Judah
- “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
Your father’s sons shall bow down to you.
9 “Judah is a lion’s whelp;
From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He couches, he lies down as a lion,
And as a lion, who dares rouse him up?” (Genesis 49:8-9).
- “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
- He Is the Righteous Lamb of the Root of David
- Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth;
And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins,
And faithfulness the belt about His waist…
As the waters cover the sea.
10 Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious, (Isaiah 11:1-5, 10).
- Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
- He Is the Lamb Who has Overcome the world.
- “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).
And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne…9 And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation,” (5:6-7, 9).
He Is the Lamb Who Was Slain, Standing at the Right hand of God.
But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God,” (Acts 7:55-56).
He Is the Lamb Who Was Slain, Whose Perfect Wisdom and Power were made manifest by His Spirit through His shed blood on a cross.
For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God, (1 Corinthians 1:21-24).
He Is the Lamb Who Was Slain, Who Is Worthy to take and open the book for He purchased us for God with His precious, unblemished, spotless blood.
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ, (1 Peter 1:18-19).
How do we respond to Him, the Lamb Who Was Slain?
Those gathered around the throne sang a new song. A new song of His deliverance.
“In the OT a new song celebrated a new act of divine deliverance or blessing,” NIV Study Bible.
And while the book will be opened and the seals of His divine judgment broken to release His wrath against the sin and wickedness that has so permeated the earth, those around the throne praise Him Who Is Worthy for His new deliverance.
And a new song is lifted in confident assurance that those who have trusted in His death for their life can celebrate His divine and eternal deliverance that has purchased them by His blood, spared them of His coming wrath, and guaranteed their names are written in the book of Life of the Lamb Who Was Slain.
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire, (Revelation 20:15).
Seven is a number used throughout Revelation. It symbolizes perfection and completion. And according the NIV Study Bible, the number seven is a distinctive feature used 52 times within the book.
There are seven beatitudes… seven churches… seven spirits… seven golden lampstands… seven stars… seven seals… seven horns and seven eyes… seven trumpets… seven thunders… seven signs… seven crowns… seven plagues… seven golden bowls… seven hills… and seven kings… as well as other sevens. Symbolically, the number seven stands for completeness.
The seven Spirits of God (5:6) is a symbolic way of conveying that His Spirit is perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
The seven horns and seven eyes (5:6) are symbolic of His perfect and complete power and wisdom.
We read of the seven churches (chapters 2 and 3), symbolizing His perfect and complete authority over His church universal.
In the coming days, we will read of His seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls, each symbolizing that His judgment against wickedness and sin will be perfectly completed.
And it’s interesting to note, that today’s chapter ends with ascribing seven aspects of our worship (power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing), that He Alone Is Worthy to receive, symbolizing that He Alone Is Worthy to receive perfect and complete worship.
Today, may we be caught up in His Throne Room of Grace as we join the myriads in the heavenly realm in offering Him, the Lamb Who Was Slain, what He Alone Is Worthy to receive.
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped, (5:11-14).
And while we remain here on earth, we know our worship will be incomplete and definitely less than perfect. But may we fix our faith on That Day, when we will be like those around His throne. For in That Day, we will see Him as He Is, and He will perfectly and completely conform us to His image to worship perfectly and completely the Lamb of God Who Was Slain, forever and ever, Amen!
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is, (1 John 3:2).