only help my unbelief

Who do you worship?
June 29, 2008, 9:00 am
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Once again, I’m hoping to bless you with a writing from the pastor of my church on this Lord’s day. If you’d like to subscribe to these devotionals, which come twice a week, click here.
“Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?  The Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”Rev. 5:2, 5

A Roman centurion had a slave who was about to die.  He sent word to Jesus asking Him to heal his servant, saying, “I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Lk. 7:6f.).  Jesus applauded the Gentile’s sober recognition of his unworthiness and of Christ’s worthiness: “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith” (Lk. 7:9).

The world tells you to worship yourself because you are worthy of self-worship.  God says He alone is to be worshipped.  Who is right – God or man?

God gave John a celestial vision of the victory secured by Jesus for Christians.  John sees God sitting on His throne holding in His right hand a book containing the comprehensive revelation of the future’s history purchased with Jesus’ blood (Dan. 12:9f.).  Though believers have not yet experienced total triumph, John says, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15). 

The book remains unopened because the book’s opener is responsible for the fulfillment of the book’s contents – he is the executor.  That is why John sees and hears a strong angel crying out to the universe for the one worthy to fulfill the future’s predestined history. 

Are you worthy to open the book and break its seals?  Your spirit may be willing, but your flesh is too weak.  All of creation is stilled when addressing the angel’s request.  No angel is worthy; no devil is worthy; no one in Adam’s line is worthy.  No creature can stand in this gap (Eze. 22:30).

The occasion’s significance assaults John’s senses.  He knows that mankind cannot induce its own consummation because God alone is God.  Peering through tears, John discovers grace’s comfort. 

An elder who has experienced his own soul’s salvation commands John to stop weeping.  He refers to the book’s fulfiller via two Old Testament Messianic titles of the worthy one: “the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah” (Gen. 49:9f.), and “the Root of David” (II Sam. 7:12ff.; Isa. 11:1, 10).

The opener of the book, the breaker of the seals and the executor of its contents overcame Satan’s seductions and the world’s distractions.  How did Jesus overcome life and death to secure eternal life for those He called to Himself?

“Although He existed in the form of God, [Jesus] did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself… to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6f., 8).



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It should be “‘Whom’ do you worship?”

Just contributing to the “grammar” part. 😉

Comment by David

Actually, most grammarians (such as the ones I work with), don’t consider that a hard-and-fast grammar rule. Since it is used so rarely anymore, they tend to leave it out in newspaper stories because it trips people up.

Still, grammar rules do still say it applies, so maybe I should have considered longer making that the title. Thanks. 🙂

Comment by chelseykarns

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