Daily Devotion Text

October 19, 2017

Revelation 10

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    REVELATION  10

    One of the first things the prophet Ezekiel is told to do is to eat a scroll.

    Ezekiel 2:8–3:4 (ESV)

    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.

    1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2So

    I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.

    4 And he said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them.

    • Eating the scroll is a vivid picture of the way in which the prophet can only speak God’s word to the extent that it has become a part of the prophet’s life. How much have I “eaten the scroll” of God’s word, and internalized God’s truths, values and directives contained therein?
    • Reflect on John’s mission as described in11. The gospel is inherently missional and involves many people and nations. How has this same call played out in my life?

     

 

 

 

October 18, 2017

Revelation 9

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    REVELATION  9

    • What can I learn about God’s mercy from the limitations of power and duration placed on the various destructive acts of judgment? How have I responded to God’s forbearance, kindness and mercy (cf. Romans 2:4)?

    REVELATION  9:14-15

    • These verses reveal there have been destructive fallen angels, or demons, bound at Euphrates (the river from which Israel’s enemies traditionally invaded), which are released at a specified time. What implication does this have on my view of life and history?

    REVELATION  9:20-21

    • What does the fact that these verses note mankind did not repent reveal about God’s desire in the midst of judgment? What does it reveal about man?

     

 

 

 

October 17, 2017

Revelation 8

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    REVELATION  8:1-5

    Here (as well as in Revelation 5:8) we are told that the prayers of God’s people on earth have cosmic impact.

    Revelation 5:8

    And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

    • How does this picture enrich my understanding of prayer?
    • History shows God’s partial judgment (e.g., the Great Flood, the Ten Plagues of Egypt, etc.), but God’s total judgment is yet to come. What is my attitude toward God’s Judgment Day? How should I live in light of the pending ultimate judgment?

     

 

 

 

October 16, 2017

Revelation 7

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    REVELATION  7

    “A seal on a scroll or document identified the owner and also protected its contents. Also, the number 144,000, comprising of 12 groups* of 12,000, symbolizes the ‘completeness’ of the seals, not missing a single person.” [1]

    • As with the Lion and the Lamb (ch. 5), there is a difference between what John hears (v.4) and what he sees (v.9). What is the significance of this?
    • The previous chapter ended with the words: “Who can stand?” What can I learn from this text that follows?
    • What are some features of heaven depicted in this passage? What implications for my life flow from this?

    * These groups are not the usual listing of the 12 tribes in the Old Testament, because it is a symbolic list of God’s true followers.

    [1] Life Application Study Bible, study notes (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, 1991) 2254.

     

 

 

 

October 13, 2017

Revelation 6

 

 

 

October 12, 2017

Revelation 5

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    • REVELATION 5:1-4
    • “The scroll, then, is not only about judgment or about the inheritance of the kingdom. Rather, it contains the announcement of the consummation of all history–how things will ultimately end for all people: judgment for the world and the final reward of the saints (11:18).” [1]
    • What is the significance of John’s vision (and his tears) that “no one was found worthy to open the scroll”?
    • REVELATION 5:5-6
    • How does the elder’s description of who can open the scroll (v. 5) contrast with the vision of Jesus, which John sees immediately thereafter?
    • What can I learn about the nature of true power from the fact that it was the slain Lamb who had the power to open the scrolls of heaven?
    • REVELATION 5
    • What are the words from this chapter that describe me?
    • What was the response of the elders when Jesus took the scroll? How should I respond to the salvation that Jesus has given me?

[1]  The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Note on Revelation 5:1

 

 

 

October 11, 2017

Revelation 4

 

 

October 10, 2017

Revelation 3

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    • REVELATION 3:1-6
    • Reflect on the difference between the Sardis church’s reputation and their true spiritual state. How can a church become this way?
    • Is there some important aspect of my spiritual life, or of our church, that is aptly described by the words “strengthen what remains and is about to die”?
    • REVELATION 3:7-13
    • What is inspiring about the church in Philadelphia? In what way can I imitate this church?
    • What do I need to “hold fast” to?
    • REVELATION 3:14-22
    • What does being “neither cold nor hot” in our deeds look like? Why is being lukewarm in our spiritual life so repulsive to God?
    • “Laodicea was an extremely wealthy city known for its production of fine clothing and a special ointment known as ‘Phrygian powder’, famous for its cure of eye defects.” [1]
    • Note the source of security expressed in v.17.  What is the relationship between being wealthy and being spiritually lukewarm? What are the sources of a false sense of security in my life?

[1]  The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Note on Revelation 3:14

 

 

 

October 9, 2017

Revelation 2

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    • REVELATION 2:2-7
    • What are the three things that Jesus tells the Ephesians, who lost their first love, to do?
    • What do I remember of the heights of my devotion to Jesus? What are the things I “did at first” that I need to repeat again and again to remain in the love I had at first?
    • REVELATION 2:8-11
    • What did Jesus exhort the Smyrnans to do in the face of suffering?
    • How can I apply the exhortation to “be faithful unto death” in the context of my Christian life?
    • REVELATION 2:12-17
    • “As the center for four idolatrous cults (Zeus, Dionysius, Asclepius, and Athene), Pergamum was called the city ‘where Satan has his throne’[1]
    • What would it have taken for the church of Pergamum to remain true in this kind of environment?
    • REVELATION 2:17
    • “And what shall we take this secrecy to mean? Surely, that each of the redeemed shall forever know and praise some one aspect of the Divine beauty better than any other creature can. Why else were individuals created, but that God, loving all infinitely, should love each differently?  And this difference, so far from impairing, floods with meaning the love of all blessed creatures for one another, the communion of the saints. If all experienced God in the same way and returned Him an identical worship, the song of the Church triumphant would have no symphony, it would be like an orchestra in which all the instruments played the same note.” [2]
    • What is revealed about God from the fact that he will give me a “white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it”?

[1] Life Application Study Bible, study notes (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, 1991) 2245.

[2]Lewis, C.S. Problem of Pain. New York: HarperCollins, 2009. Ch. 10, Location 1787. Kindle edition.

 

 

October 6, 2017

Revelation 1

 

  • REVELATION 1:4-8, 18
  • How is Jesus described in this passage?
  • How are Christians described in this passage?

 

  • REVELATION 1:12-13“One of Revelation’s most important declarations is that Jesus appears among the lamp stands (1:12; 2:1), which represent the seven churches (1:20) […] the church is pictured as having a mission, to be the bearer of God’s light to the nations (cf. Matt. 5:14-16).  The church is not abandoned to carry out this mission alone; Christ walks among the lamp stands.” [1]
  • What may be some steps I can confidently take knowing that Christ has not abandoned the church to carry out the daunting mission alone?

[1] M. Eugene Boring, Revelation, Interpretation, a Bible commentary for teaching and preaching (Louisville, KT: John Knox Press, 1989), 85.

 

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