Further notes on the song of the 24 elders

He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign[b] on the earth.” (Revelation 5:7-10)

I already wrote one about this passage, but I want to make a few more comments about this song that the twenty four elders sang in Jesus honor.

Firstly, notice that this is a “new” song. This scene of heavenly worship seems to be repetitive at time, and yet there is room for newness and freshness in the way that these elders continually worship God. Since God is infinite, the ways that we can worship Him, and the things we can say about Him are infinite too. We must use the best of our ability and godly imagination to worship and praise God.

Secondly, notice that Jesus has “purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.” God is not racist. He wants, and will get, true believers and worshipers from every ethnic group on Earth.

Finally, notice that the role of these worshippers is to be a “kingdom” (some translations say kings) and “priests to serve our God.” The role of a priest is to communicate with the one true God. We as true believers will be doing this for eternity. We are God’s royal possession for all time.

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