“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:11 – 12)
After many years of reading passages from Revelation, I just had a brainstorm and insight as to why the book also seemed odd to me. (Yes, beloved reader, only now!) It is written very much in the psalms fashion. Poetical and archaic in its descriptions. I kept thinking to myself, the gospels and the epistles are not like this. They are straightforward and are narratives or expository writings. This book of Revelation harks back to colorful prose or poetry. Or leaps forward to the gushing prose and poetry of the middle ages to late middle ages. It is an oddity in a book that sets forth clear stories and teachings. I am not disregarding it or casting it aside. It is that suddenly I am understanding what I am reading. Having gotten one of my degrees in English literature, I am very familiar with the style. Just never realized that it appears here! And boy is my face red!!
“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, “To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Verses 13 – 14)
I can understand why some passages from Revelation are used after the Easter season – or more precisely the seven weeks between Easter and Pentecost. It is a viewing of the praise that is going on in Heaven according to the mind of the writer of Revelation.
When I was a young sprout growing up, I was told that the book Revelation was a sort to template to the end times. I could never really see that. I like better my most current take, that a creative writer is seeking to ascribe praise and worship to the Lamb of God who will at some point in the future be victorious over, well, everything.
May you, beloved reader, look critically at the bible and other faith-based and faith-inspired writings. And may the Holy Presence guide you in all your considerations. Shalom & Selah!