Revelation 5.1-5 – Who is worthy?

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice,

“Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me,

“Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Now we begin to read of a new focus, the church letters are past, John has seen God seated on His throne, observed worship by the living creatures (Cherubim) and the Elders, now, a scroll is seen in the right hand of God.

Unusually, the scroll is written on both sides. It was normal just to write on one side of the scroll. Ancient scrolls were read horizontally not vertically. Apparently, the scroll would be held in the left hand and unrolled with the right as you read. On a scroll typical for the day, Revelation would be 4.5 meters long! To write on both sides then means that whatever was written on this scroll was supremely detailed.

What then is written on this scroll? The best fitting idea is that this is God’s will for all of humanity, wow! Roman law and wills at the time of writing was sealed seven times, each from a witness to the law/will contained inside. The idea behind this then is that only God knows what is written on this scroll, He holds it in His hand. There is no way for sure to know what is written on it, so at best we can take educated guesses. The point, though, is that we are not worthy to open it and see what is written, we are not worthy to know God’s ultimate plan for His creation,

The thought is a disappointing one; there is nobody in heaven, on earth, or under the earth – basically anyone ever – who is worthy and able to open the scroll or even to look into it.

If this is the case, we can never know God’s will.

If this is the case, we are left stranded and floating through life.

If this is the case, how will we ever be sure of our Salvation?

If this is the case, our quality of life and peace of mind just took a nosedive.

It’s easy to follow this train of thought and arrive at quite the dreary, bleak, depressing station…end of the line and nothing much to hope in.

Just as John seems to be playing this out, one of the Elders comes forward with some prophetic references for him (and us) to let it be known that there is One who is worthy to open the scroll, One who is worthy to break the seals, One who is worthy to look inside and know the will of God the Father, the Lord God Almighty, creator and sustainer of the universe.

Jesus, a descendent of the tribe of Judah, the Lamb of God (John 1.29) has conquered death and is worthy to open the scroll (John 5.22).

Jesus is the Root of David, and He is worthy to open the scrolls and break the seven seals (Isaiah 11.1-2, Zechariah 3.8, Zechariah 6.12, Revelation 5.5, Revelation 22.16).

The point is simple yet beautiful; Jesus is worthy to open the scroll.

Jesus is worthy to look into the will of God and know it.

Jesus is worthy to know God’s will and guide us through life.

Jesus is worthy, able, and willing to save us.

Jesus is worthy and able to be our peace, out completeness.

Through Jesus, we can be sure of our Salvation because He has conquered and has opened the way to God for us.

He is the way, He is the truth, and He is the life.

 

 

 

 

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