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Four and Twenty Elders (4 of 12)
Series: A Closer Look at Heaven
1. This is the 4th in our series of 12 lessons on the theme, "A Closer Look at Heaven." Last Wednesday we talked about "That Heavenly City"; tonight I want to have us take a look at the four and twenty elders mentioned here in Rev. 4.
HUMOR: Before we take serious look at our lesson tonight, I want to inject a bit of light humor... just a little something I found while looking at stories on heaven.
An elderly man lay dying in his bed. In death's agony, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate cookies wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from his bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort, forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands.
With labored breath, he leaned against the doorframe, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death's agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven: there, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table, were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife seeing to it that he left this world a happy man? Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumbled posture. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life.
The aged withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when it was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife. "Stay out of those!" she said. "They are for the funeral."
With a wife like that, I'm sure he was looking forward to heaven.
2. Let's bring ourselves back to our message this evening, and take a look at the 24 elders mentioned in chapter four.
I. WHO ARE THE ELDERS?
1. John tells ...
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