December 7/Revelation 5

Verse 1 > John being a Jew knew what that scroll was all about. According to Jewish history a scroll that was written on both sides and sealed with seven seals was a title deed to property. Normally there would only be writing on one side but if a land owner couldn’t meet his financial obligations he would have to relinquish his title deed.  His debts were recorded on the outside of the scroll and sealed with seven seals. When he was able to pay off the debt completely(seven is a number of completion) the seals were broken and his title deed was returned.

The title deed to the earth and to all the promises of God had been given to Adam. But when Adam sinned, he couldn’t pay the sin debt, he turned the deed over to Satan.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) — 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

John 12:31 (NLT) — 31 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.

So when people blame God for all the injustice, sickness and evil in the world the are blaming the wrong person. Man actually is to blame.

Verses 2 > In other words who can pay the debt?

Verse 3 > No one could pay the debt.

Verse 4 > If no one could open the scroll so that God’s word could be carried it would mean that the earth would remain in Satan’ s control and justice would never happen and we would have lived our lives for Jesus in vain. And that is why John wept bitterly. It almost makes me weep when I think of the world my granddaughters are going to grow up in. Thank God for verse 5!

Verse 5 > Yea for Jesus the Lion of Judah!

Verse 6 > but wait I thought the voice said a lion but it is only a lamb and a beaten up one at that! How could a lamb win? Do you ever see a sports team with the logo of a lamb? No, we want tigers and lions and bears. Those animal are tough. But Oh this lamb is different. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and snatches the title deed back from Satan. He looked beaten on the cross but he wasn’t! Seven horns = perfect power. Seven eyes = perfect insight. Sevenfold spirit = perfect God!

1 Corinthians 1:18–20 (NLT) — 18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.

Verse 7 > Jesus, the Lamb of God, without any hesitation steps boldly to the Father and takes the scroll from his hand. Because of Jesus we can come just as boldly into the Throne room of God the Father and take what Jesus has bought and paid for > health, peace, joy, self-control etc.

Verses 8-14 > this scene reminds me of the great coliseum in Rome where the gladiators fought. When one of them had the other one down on the ground he would raise his sword high to plunge it through heart of the defeated one. But before he did he would look to the Ceasar. If the Ceasar gave a thumbs down(don’t do it) he would let him live, a thumbs up (yes go ahead) and he would plunge the sword through the heart and kill him. A thumbs down and the people in the coliseum would shout with joy at the victory. (I understand there are various opinions on the thumb thing but lets go with this one).

So Jesus is standing with scroll in hand and with the opening of that scroll he would seal the doom of Satan. He gets the ‘thumbs up’ from the Father and all of heaven cheers and bows in worship. The Lamb Wins! And because he wins we win and our living for him was not in vain and all of the injustices suffered by God’s people will be made right!

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Remember when you pray that you are filling the incense bowls in heaven that will release a sweet smell before the Father.

  2. Mary Anne Frank says

    I can’t help but think that it is not coincidence that we are reading the book of Revelation during the weeks of Advent. We are waiting…we are expecting the arrival of Jesus. We are hoping that our King of Kings is coming soon. Reading Revelations is the vision of hope that we cling to as followers of Christ. Let us bow with the 24 elders and “thousands and millions of angels” as they worship the Lamb who has won the victory.