The Seven Sealed Scroll
January 29, 1995
Last week we examined Chapter 4 of Revelation, and today, we will study Chapter 5. These two chapters should be considered together, which explains the word and being the first word in Chapter 5. Let's review the chronology.
In Chapter 4:1, we have a picture of what takes place for all born-again Christians. John is a representation of this. We see that the first real praise is praising God for creation.
In the 5th chapter, the song of praise is a song of redemption. In this chapter, we see the Lord Jesus in His proper place of praise and worship.
I. The Scroll and its meaning.
A. The concept.
When you begin to study this passage, you see three areas of focus concerning the scroll.
The key theme of the Scroll is redemption. Redemption has its roots in the past, yet its final fulfillment is in the future! Remember what Jesus told the disciples in Luke 21:28, "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption is near."
As a possession of Christ, we have been purchased, but we are not yet fully redeemed.
Ephesians 1:13-14 -- "You are sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession."
Romans 8:22 -- "Even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for our adoption, the redemption of our body."
B. The custom.
The historical biblical laws of the Old Testament serve as our guide to fully understand redemption. Three things could be redeemed:
1. A slave.
You could become a servant. Your nearest kin could buy/redeem you out of service.
**We were slaves to sin -- the truth redeemed us.
2. A wife.
If a woman's husband died, her husband's unmarried brother (if there was one) could marry her. The kinsman - redeemer. (Ruth and Boaz)
If a man lost his land, his nearest ...
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