January 28

“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’” (Revelation 5:11-12)

 John’s vision pictures the expanded choir of myriads of myriads (hundreds of millions) and thousands of thousands of angels, surrounding the elders and ministers of the gospel, praising the slain Lamb on his throne. The living creatures continually proclaim him “holy, holy, holy” (4:8). The elders have fallen before him and cast down their crowns, which rightly belong to Christ, as the one who called and empowered them to service (4:10). Then they exclaimed the Lamb worthy of his “glory, honor, and power” (4:11). A new song has begun: “for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (5:9b-10). And finally, in our passage, there is a seven-fold declaration of the Lamb’s power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing” (5:12)

Louis Berkhof gives this definition of wisdom in his Systematic Theology: “wisdom is that perfection of God whereby He applies His knowledge to the attainment of His ends in a way which glorifies Him most…and according to Scripture the final end [purpose] is the glory of God.”

As we worship as a body and family, in Christ’s wisdom, let’s rejoice in a crescendo of praise for God, who is the source of all wisdom.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)

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