Summary of passage: A Lamb (Jesus) who had been slain stands near the throne surrounded by the living creatures and elders. He had 7 horns and eyes for the 7 Spirits of God. Jesus takes the scroll from God and the elders and creatures fall down in worship and prayers and song. Jesus made people into a kingdom and priests to serve God and reign on earth.
8a) They fell down before the Lamb and sang a new song of praise.
b) The answer is in the three verbs: because Jesus was slain, he purchased us for Him, and he made us into a kingdom and priesthood to serve God.
The main reason is because of Jesus’s work on the cross. He is the only one who was fully God and fully man and able to sacrifice himself for us. He is also the high priest and God’s Son, giving him the rank needed as well to open the scroll. He is perfect with no sin allowing him to open the scroll. His sovereignty over judgment gives him the power to open the scroll and reveal the future of the world to all.
“Purchased” means to cause the release of someone by paying the price.
c) Personal Question. My answer: It means everything to me (seems to be my ‘go to’ answer with these kinds of open-ended personal questions) and demonstrates the awe and gratitude I should have for Jesus’s work on the cross for me.
9) Personal Question. My answer: Every assurance. These passages are just some that say we are God’s, given the Holy Spirit, and sanctified through the blood of Jesus. It’s all about faith. If you have faith in Jesus as the Savior, you are assured of eternal life and Salvation.
10) Part-personal question. My answer: Believers in Jesus as Savior are a kingdom of priests. It means we are set apart, held to a higher standard, and chosen to live differently. It means we live out God’s words and ways in the hopes of shining light to others and bringing them into a relationship with Jesus. It means I have nothing to fear for I will be with God forever. Again, it means everything.
Conclusions: Seems to be the application day to Day 3’s passage with the emphasis on personal questions here. 9 and 10 are similar but the difference is important. We must not live in fear of the unknown or the future of what-have-you. We have to have faith God loves us as much as He says He does. We have to believe it. Then, once we believe it, we can step into the kingdom He has for us and serve Him through serving His people and fulfilling His purpose for our lives. Doing these two things (faith and Godly-living) will prepare our hearts for eternity.
End Notes: Same as YESTERDAY’S.