Revelation 5:1–5 (ESV)
The Scroll and the Lamb
5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”
3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more;
behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Now we move into the Scroll with seven seals. This Scroll is about
the future, about God’s plan of Salvation. The one of the throne is holding a scroll with seven seals on it. We don’t really use seals much anymore, but they are pretty cool. Today if they are used, it is usually on an envelope.
You put your letter in the envelope and lick it and seal it. The problem is that you can steam a letter open and noone will know that you opened it. The solution is to use a wax seal. You take a wax sealing stick (basically a candle) and
light it so it produces dripping hot wax. You drip it onto envelope flap like the picture above and then usually stamp it with a pattern. If you try to tamper with it, it messes up the pattern. I read that the CIA would use two different
colors of wax so that if it was heated up, the wax would become one color instead of two. This is a neat and useful way to “seal” a document and know that it has been safely kept from anyone else’s eyes.
The seven seals in today’s reading is on a scroll written on both sides. Scrolls, especially in ancient times, were written only on one side, however this scroll is written on both sides. This is not the first time the Bible talks
about things being written on both sides. The first instance is on the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. As found in Exodus 32:15-16: 15 Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand,
tablets that were written on both sides; on the front and on the back they were written. 16 The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets.” There is
also another scroll in Ezekiel that is written on both sides. Ezekiel 2:8–10 states: 8 “But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” 9 And when
I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe."
So I ask the Lutheran question “What does this mean?” It means that God was the first duplex printer! Ha Ha! For more details on this, wait till you get to heaven.
Now for a serious question
that is asked in the text: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” Today's texts states: "3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because
no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it." So, who is able to open it? If no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open it or look into it, the only answer can be... GOD! Well, that is the answer!
Listen to what the Elder says: "5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” Well Jesus is
the Lion of Judah and he is the root of David. So the answer is Jesus... who is God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). I pray: Lord, you are my future and my Salvation. You came with a plan of Salvation to forgive me, save me, and wash
me, and restore me into your Kingdom. I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. Without you, I have no future or Salvation... only doom. Let me rejoice in everything you have done for me and I thank you and praise you.