Sunday School Perspective
Revelation 4:1-6, 8-11
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Revelation, Chapter 4: Verses 1-6, 8-11 and it offers study about God’s glory and honor.
Key Verse: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11 KJV: This verse reveals that the Lord God is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power for creating all things.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018 is “Together Forever” and the lesson offers emphasis of how wonderful Heaven will be and we must understand the path to becoming together forever.
The objective for students and readers is to find joy in Worship and continue to give high praise and honor to God.
John’s Vision of God’s Throne (Revelation 4:1-3)
The lesson unfolds with the writer, John telling us his vision of Heaven. As he enters a door he hears a trumpet and a voice that says come up here and I will show you the future. In continuous searching I found this invitation is always open to believers that are seeking trust in the Lord. He goes on to share what is in the future. John sees a great, beautiful throne with God sitting gloriously upon it symbolizing God’s reigning supremely. “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” (Verses 1-3)
Elders and Creatures (Revelation 4:4-6)
These verses continue to beautiful vision explaining in detail about what and who was surrounding the throne including elders, voices, lightning, thundering, seven lamps burning, a sea of glass like crystal, and beast. He even reveals that all attention was focused on God giving Him their admiration, honor and praise. “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne preceded lightnings and thundering and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” (Verses 4-6)
Worship around the Throne (Revelation 4:8-11)
These verses emphasize observance in John’s vision of total worship and praise to God our creator. It is quite spiritually uplifting and soul searching to realize that Heaven will be a place of worship and praise for a God that lives forever and ever. This lesson should help us to realize that mighty praise and worship is worthy and essential here on earth as we live our lives in hopeful anticipation and renewed faith. “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Verses 8-11)
PRAISE THE LORD.