Do You Hear What I Hear?
Do you hear what I hear? Jesus is speaking to the churches today to wake up. He who has an ear, let him hear. There is a difference between hearing and listening though. Isn’t there?
Bible Reading: Rev 1-5, Psalms 136-138, Eccl 11-12
Today’s reading is covering some serious ground that I cannot give adequate justice to, but I want to hit on a few things that stood out. We are reading from the book of Revelation, as well as from Psalms and Ecclesiastes, the reading over the weekend.
The book of Revelation is apocalyptic (meaning containing visions and symbolism) as well as prophetic literature, a letter written by the apostle John, as inspired by Jesus Christ.
According to my study bible, “Revelation provides a virtually complete tour of systematic theology categories. There is much about Christ, mankind and sin, the people of God (both the church and Israel), holy angels, and Satan and the demons.”
Do You Hear What I Hear?—Blessed to Listen
Revelation begins with a blessing for those who read the word aloud and those who hear this book.
“The revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, whatever he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it, because the time is near.”
The one who reads aloud, hears and keeps the words of this prophecy will be blessed. Why? Because the time is near. Friends, we need to stay awake and not get lulled into complacency or apathy by the surrounding culture.
Do You Hear What I Hear?—Listen and Hear
The church needs to wake up and not fight social issues. It needs to hold the word of God out for others to see lived out and to hear.
“Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
This phrase, “Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches” is repeated seven times in today’s reading.
And what is the Spirit saying to the churches? Here are a few highlights:
- To the 7 churches, there were encouragements and reminders to:
- Remember their first love – Jesus
- Do the works they did at first.
- Be prepared to suffer.
- Don’t be immoral or follow immoral influences
- Don’t tolerate immorality
Do You Hear What I Hear?—Accountable to God
“Then all the churches will know that I am the one who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”
“The one who conquers and who keeps my works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations.”
The reading in Revelation ends with the reality that we have One Who is worthy to read the scroll, the One who laid down His life for us all.
Do You Hear What I Hear?—The Worthy One
“Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides, sealed with seven seals. 2 I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it.
4 I wept and wept because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Look, the Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered so that he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
6 Then I saw one like a slaughtered lamb standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll out of the right hand of the one seated on the throne.
Do You Hear What I Hear?—Worthy is the Lamb
8 When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals, because you were slaughtered, and you purchased people
for God by your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.10 You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands. 12 They said with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!
13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say, Blessing and honor and glory and power be to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever! 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Do You Hear What I Hear?—Give Thanks
Psalm 136 is so fitting for the holiday we just celebrated.
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. 4 He alone does great wonders. His faithful love endures forever.”
We cannot thank Him enough, friends! He is worthy!
“I will give you thanks with all my heart; I will sing your praise before the heavenly beings.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your constant love and truth. You have exalted your name and your promise above everything else. 3 On the day I called, you answered me; you increased strength within me. 4 All the kings on earth will give you thanks, Lord, when they hear what you have promised. 5 They will sing of the Lord’s ways, for the Lord’s glory is great. 6 Though the Lord is exalted, he takes note of the humble; but he knows the haughty from a distance. 7 If I walk into the thick of danger,
you will preserve my life from the anger of my enemies. You will extend your hand; your right hand will save me. 8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. Lord, your faithful love endures forever; do not abandon the work of your hands.”
Solomon ends our reading well today. After struggling with the seeming futility of life, Solomon finally realized the purpose of life. Fear and know God. Live for One.
Scripture of the Day: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“13 When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.”
- We are accountable and we have one who bore our sins not so we would continue in sin.
- Let’s stop resisting God. May we fear Him and make Him known.
- Let’s be hearers and doers of God’s word.
𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘁 12 𝗽𝗺 𝗘𝗧.
Day #332-334: Rev. 1-5, Psalms 136-138, Eccl. 11-12
𝒱𝑒𝓇𝓈𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒟𝒶𝓎: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil.”
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