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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Hello, Salve, Gutentag, Hola, Aloha, Bon giorno, Bonjour, Salam! I'm Laura "Baker" Smith, and I am a self-proclaimed linguist. I love learning languages before I go to a new place so I can communicate with the locals. My family laughs at me for being "almost fluent" in 12 languages. Needless to say, the ones I haven't used very much I've lost.

October 22, 2014

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Revelation 4
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Revelation 4

The Throne in Heaven

4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings [1] and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:5 Or voices, or sounds

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  1. Ann Holford


    Oct 22, 2014 13:40

    Laura, what a perfect passage for you! You have praised God in many languages! These verses and your devo made me excited for eternity, and spurred me on to praise Him today!

  2. Scott Jones


    Oct 22, 2014 13:07

    Boker tov (actually a little late in the day for this greeting.) I wonder if we will all sing praises in Hebrew? Shalom.

  3. BC


    Oct 22, 2014 12:48

    Love the focus in Laura's devo on praising the Father. If everyone praised God like I praised God, though, what would our country/world be like. Hmmm, that is convicting. More praise practice needed. Laura's picture of what heaven must sound like reminded me of how I sometimes stop to listen to the entire Watermark Loft when Watermark's staff is praying in small groups. It is indeed a joyful noise of prayers being lifted up to the Lord. Revelation 4 begins the future things of the book. I think John uses a little phrase "After this" to begin Rev 4:1 to signal that these are the future things he promised in Rev 1:19—the things "that are to take place after this." Buckle your seatbelts!

  4. Shawn Patton


    Oct 22, 2014 12:12

    "The elders are not entitled, self-righteous, or self-glorifying. They know that spending all their time in eternity that praising God is the worthiest thing they can do!" So nice to see this picture of perfect worship! Thanks for encouraging us in God's Word Laura!

  5. Marni


    Oct 22, 2014 09:53

    My mom passed away in May from a year and a half long journey with brain cancer. It was overwhelming and encouraging to read this passage and devotional this morning knowing that this is what my mom is experiencing first-hand in heaven! I am crying tears of joy! And one day we, too, will experience this breath-taking scene... :)

  6. Heaven is 4 Real


    Oct 22, 2014 09:35

    Thanks so much, Laura, for bringing your devotional today proclaiming the Truth from God's blessed Holy Word reminding us that Heaven is 4 Real and the extent Jesus goes to to show us how much He loves us by preparing such a glorious Heaven for all of us to enjoy as we Worship The Lamb together 4 Ever... where it's never quiet!!! "Thou art Worthy, O Lord, to receive Glory and Honor and Power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created."

  7. Lindsey Eickman


    Oct 22, 2014 09:24

    Laura, what a word-smith you are, in addition to a linguist! Thanks for inspiring awe and reverence in us today as we seek to live our lives in worship on this earth to him, and yet look forward to unceasing worship in eternal life!

  8. Lonnie Smith


    Oct 22, 2014 09:24

    Praising the Lord with you this morning, Baker! "How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him" (Psalm 147:1).

  9. HopeH


    Oct 22, 2014 09:22

    Love this chapter this morning for the last several days the "Revelation Song" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGgX_oqdib4 has been running through my head as we have been reading Revelations. I can picture masses of people falling in worship at the feet of the Lamb.

  10. Julian


    Oct 22, 2014 09:17

    Vielen Dank für die schöne Andacht. Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland :)

  11. Sue Bohlin


    Oct 22, 2014 07:03

    You painted a great word picture of the "worship party" (that's how I see it--too much joy to be anything else!) portrayed in Rev. 4. Love how your experience with other languages makes this passage richer for you--and now us! I am partial to the King James Version of v. 11: "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created." I will never forget visiting the Galapagos Islands with the Institute for Creation Research where one of the instructors gave a devotional on this verse. She pointed out that the marvelous animals we were about to see were all created for God's pleasure, by His pleasure. It blesses our Creator God to create everything, which of course includes each one of us! That expands my desire to worship Him in grateful praise that everything in His creation is permeated with His pleasure, and by His grace that includes me!

  12. Greg


    Oct 22, 2014 06:27

    Thank you for the reminder to praise Him. In this world we must be reminded. In the age to come praise will be our great desire. Praise comes when we see Him clearly. Psalms 22:5.

  13. AD


    Oct 22, 2014 06:02

    Baker! I love the vivid, descriptory language you used to paint a picture for us of Heaven's party. Flame's "Joyful Noise" was playing in the background of my head! Amesege'nallo'!

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