Formations lesson for Jan. 27: Describing God
January 11 2002 by Steve Zimmerman , Revelation 4-5

Formations lesson for Jan. 27: Describing God | Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

Formations lesson for Jan. 27: Describing God

By Steve Zimmerman Revelation 4-5 Place me on the top of your prayer list this year! My wife and I will begin the process of teaching twin teenage young women how to drive. Maybe it is just me, but there seems to be a lot of funny television commercials now with parents teaching their offspring how to master the road. The problem is that the girls are laughing at these humorous snippets and I am not. In this new adventure that we are about to take as a family, I want the girls to pay close attention to the highway signs and markers. It is important for them to know the limits of what they can do as they drive. It is also important to me because of that thing we call car insurance. As much as I want them to follow the law and obey all the road signs, I want more than anything for them to have an opportunity to enjoy the ride and, of course, to get from Point A to Point B without having any more of my hair fall out.

The Throne of God (Revelation 4) John, in the book of Revelation, is trying to convince us, the readers, to pay close attention to the spiritual signs in this journey of faith. Yet more than anything else he wants us to know of the wonderful God that we serve through these signs. Our ultimate destination is to worship Him.

In Revelation 4 we get an opportunity to see how wonderful God truly is to us as believers. In verse three the stones symbolized God's awesome presence and majesty. Flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder in verse five signify God's holiness, righteousness and wrath against sin.

With this eye-popping view and ear-shattering noise, John mentions the crystal sea in the next verse. As he was writing to the early Christian believers, he knew of their hardships and times of chaos. He reminded them through this sign that the God they adore was also one that provides peace and still calms their souls. What a wonderful reminder for us today in our world.

In verse 10 we see that the elders cast down their crowns before the throne. These elders represented redeemed humanity. When we come to worship, that same aspect needs to be in each believer as well. Whatever we have that we deem as valuable needs to be placed before His throne. This attitude helps us see that we are nothing without God in our lives.

The Lamb of God (Revelation 5) The attention in Revelation 5 shifts away from God the Father to the second part of the Trinity, Jesus. In the early verses John helps us understand that it was Jesus who is the message that was sent to the world to help us know God. We cannot have a relationship with the father unless Jesus intercedes on our behalf. Because of this wonderful gift that Jesus has given to us, He is also to be worshipped.

An interesting note in verse 10 describes us as priests serving our God. In our worship we need to be reminded that Jesus has called us to service. We cannot just sit and soak up the experience of being with Him week after week. Worship is not complete until we have been with Him and go out and serve Him wherever He places us.

The final verses in both chapters remind us that we need to practice our singing. All of creation sings praises to the Almighty for what He has done. When we truly come into His presence we can do nothing less than sing ourselves. This aspect of worship not only shows honor to God but also refreshes our souls.

So folks, warm up those old vocal cords. He is waiting to hear from you.

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