And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:6b-11).”
You just sit there listening to the reading. It seemed that we were now past talking about the concerns of the individual bodies of believers and more to the message for everyone. You are more than just a little relieved. It is a little unnerving knowing that God can call you out directly, like He already did with some. But, you are comforted by the fact that it seems that the only people who are called out by name needed that type of shaking up, for God to be seen clearly to them and for them to make the changes they need.
As the reader continues you think about the four creatures mentioned. You have the ox who resembles livestock and the beasts of the field. They eat plants and we depend on them for food. You have the lion, who is the king of the jungle. He rules the wild and will devour it’s prey. You have us, the beast with the face of a man and finally the eagle. This magnificent bird takes to flight soars over the earth.
God is on the throne and there is a rainbow around the throne as all four of these created beings worship towards the throne, but their eyes also face away from the throne. The beautiful picture here is that God can be seen, worshipped and pointed to even when looking in the other direction. You can’t help but wonder if the six wings on each of their bodies didn’t represent the power and ability to rein over their respective dominions of creation under God’s authority. But, the word picture is amazing. God is in charge and can be seen from everywhere. Also, when any of the creatures from their respective dominion of creation pointed to God, the 24 elders would also lay down their crowns and bow in worship. As we talked already about the 24 elders representing 12 from the 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 from the completed New Covenant with the 12 apostles. All of it was pointing to God and once again you are fascinated by this word picture.
However, you can’t help but to go back to Elizabeth’s question as a small child. When you and your wife were telling her about Noah’s ark, she would always ask, what about the fishees? Which is funny because neither of you thought about the fish. But, in reality the sea creatures survived the flood. Why wouldn’t they? Here they are again, not mentioned. Then it hit you, As God brought judgment in the days of Noah he promised not bring judgment in that way again. He gave us a sign of this covenant with Noah and all people after Noah and his family, with the rainbow. God is reversing the curse! He did so by bringing Jesus to die for our sins, and to be raised again. God can be seen from everywhere, whether we are looking towards the throne for Him, or if we are looking away from it. The evidence of His handiwork is everywhere. Thank you Jesus for reversing the curse, and that you care for your creation, even the fishees.
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