12/13/19: Revelation 4:1-11; Psalm 132:1-18; Proverbs 29:24-25
If you are like me I am sometimes a bit frustrated that I do not understand all of the images described by John in Revelation. For example:
Revelation 4: 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.
But then I realize that even though he was inspired by the Holy Spirit John could not quite describe what he was seeing either and, using the simile “like,” tried to relate the majesty to a human reader. And I am reminded that in this earthly lifetime there are just some things our minds cannot conceive – but they will be extraordinary and we will be in the presence of the Lord God Almighty.
Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him—