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of adoration and praise. “The heavens   of the kings. The image of a lion is one of
        declare the glory of God” (Psa 19:1), and   power, dignity and sovereignty but when
        acknowledging the Creator is the first   John turned to look, he saw not a lion
        step toward trusting the Redeemer. What   but a little lamb – a lamb “as it had been
        unregenerate men fail to do, the myriads of   slain.” The evidence of death is obvious,
        the redeemed gladly acknowledge.     but the Lamb is standing in resurrection
        The Book and the Search              power, having paid  the  full  price of
          John now sees a book in the right hand of   redemption, and will now move to recover
        the Throne-Sitter and begins to weep when   the inheritance for God and for man. Christ
        no one in the universe is found worthy to   is the only One in the universe who is able
        open the book and break the seals. The   to do this, and when He takes the book,
        book or “scroll” represents Christ’s “title   the twenty-four elders and the four living
        deed” to  all  that  the  Father  promised   creatures gathered around the throne fall
        Him because of the accomplishment of   down before Him and begin to sing a “new
        Calvary. “Ask of me, and I shall give thee   song” (5:9) in worship. “Thou art worthy
        the heathen [nations] for thine inheritance,   … and hast redeemed us to God by thy
        and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy   blood … and we shall reign on the earth”
        possession” (Psa 2:8). The earth belonged   (5:9-10). The Lamb is the focus of their
        to God by right of creation but because   worship as they appreciate the greatness of
        of man’s sin and disobedience, the world   His sacrifice and the wonder of His grace
        came under the power of the usurper   and purposes. As they sing, myriads of
        and all of creation has been marked by   angels chime in, saying, “Worthy is the
        groaning. Now as our Kinsman-Redeemer,   Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
        Christ willingly gave His life and shed His   riches, and wisdom, and strength, and
        blood that we might be restored to God   honour, and glory, and blessing” (5:12).
        and enjoy our lost inheritance. However,   But there are other voices to be added,
        a title deed or will can only be opened   for “every creature” from the entire cosmos
        by the rightful heir, and so John weeps   will ultimately express praise and honor.
        profusely when it becomes clear that there   The entire creation that has “groaned”
        is no one found worthy in all of the cosmos   so long will ultimately be redeemed and
        to open the sealed scroll. He is well aware   restored and will return blessing to the
        that unless the scroll can be opened and   Originator of all blessing. Every creature
        its contents carried out, the hope of the   will  join in this  universal  Hallelujah
        ages and the purposes of God will be lost   Chorus as they anticipate the moment
        forever.                             when every vestige of sin is forever
         The Lamb and the Worship            gone and the Lamb will be universally
          Everything changes for John as an elder   acknowledged and worshipped. What a
        commands him to “weep not: behold,   glorious future awaits every believer, as
        the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of   well as this entire universe, when He shall
                                             reign eternally.
        David, hath prevailed to open the book”     “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
        (Rev 5:5). The reference to the Lion of the
        tribe of Judah is part of Jacob’s last words   Doth his successive journeys run,
        (Gen 49:8-10) when he prophetically gave   His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
        the “sceptre to Judah,” making it the tribe   Till moons shall wax and wane no more.”

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