Daily Archives: April 18, 2021

Daily Scripture Passage: Romans 9:9-13

Romans 10:9-13 (ESV)

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Thoughts to Ponder from Revelation 5:11-14

Revelation 5:11-14 (ESV)

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, 

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain” (Revelation 5:12).

In Scripture, the number seven often has a special significance. For example, the first chapter of Genesis describes the creation of the world as taking place over seven days. In the story of Noah, seven pairs of each clean animal were allowed to enter the ark. Sacrificial animals had to be at least seven days old before they could be deemed acceptable. Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, afflicted with leprosy, was told by the prophet Elisha to bathe in the Jordan River seven times if he wanted to be healed. And, in the Battle of Jericho, Joshua told the Israelites to march around the city walls for seven days.

In Jewish thought, the number seven connoted completion, fullness, and fulfillment. And in Scripture, it is used to signal divine perfection. For instance, Isaiah listed seven qualities that the Messiah would demonstrate: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, godliness, and fear of the Lord.

So it’s no surprise that today’s Scripture passage would use seven words to describe the kind of praise and devotion Jesus deserves: “power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). In other words, Jesus is worthy of all the worship, devotion, and obedience we can offer him.

Every time we worship, our hearts should be saying the same thing. We come to worship to celebrate who Jesus is and what he has done for us by dying and rising. We are telling him, “Jesus, we scribe to you all power, riches, wisdom, and strength. We proclaim that you are worthy to receive all of our glory, honor and praise.”

So whenever you go to corporate worship or spend time with Jesus in your daily time of worship, think about who Jesus is, the perfect Son of God, and then do what the angels and saints do. Join them by falling on your knees in praise.

Jesus, you are the perfect image of the Father’s love. I praise you with my whole heart, and I surrender my life to you. Amen.


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