"Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 (NLT)
I must admit there is much in the book of Revelation that I struggle to understand, but chapter five, even though I am sure I miss much of its depth, stirs my soul as I read and ponder its significance. I know rejoicing and thankfulness should be my ultimate response when reading and studying the Bible but in some passages like Revelation 5, that response is immediate. Lord Jesus Christ, You alone are worthy to open the scroll of heaven.. You are worthy of all worship. I praise Your Holy Name, Lion of the tribe of Judah.
In Genesis 49 Jacob blesses each of his twelve sons. Genesis 49:9-12 provides his blessing to his son Judah. In verses 9-10 (NLT) Judah is described as "my son is a young lion that has finished eating its prey. Like a lion he crouches and lies down; like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor."
The ultimate One to whom the "scepter will not depart" is also the "root of David." At the announcement of Jesus' coming birth in Luke 1:32 Gabriel said, "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
In 1 Timothy 3:16, Paul says, "Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness." Revelation 5 is an example of that statement. John is told the One who won the victory as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David is obviously a king and ruler. Yet, what John saw was a "Lamb standing, as though it had been slain." This ruler who was promised in Jacob's blessing, the One who Gabriel declared would reign forever, is a slain Lamb. Great indeed is the mystery of godliness!
Who but a sovereign, good and just God would ever predetermine such a plan to restore His fallen creation? Who but the One who is both just and the justifier would go to such extremes to prove Himself worthy of all honor, glory, and praise? When we include the fact that this was done for an unworthy people who would be made a "kingdom and priest to our God," who shall reign on the earth, Lord Jesus You deserve our worship and praise! We raise our voices with the heavenly host "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
Revelation 5 is proof that sound theology (our understanding of God) always leads to doxology (our praise of God).
"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Father and Son, all praise is Yours. Hallelujah to Your marvelous, matchless Name.