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Living Creatures Glory
(Revelation 4.9-11)
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"Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say, 'You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.'" (Revelation 4.9-11)

Elders Fall Down

Musk Ox"Living creatures" was suggestive of wild beasts, domesticated animals, human beings and flying creatures. It highlighted the fact that the Lord God rules over all creation. Some people asked whether animals are capable of praising God. Here in Revelation we are told eight times that "living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne." On the other hand, Irenaeus (130-202 AD) who was a Christian leader and writer in the Early Church in Lyon, France around 180 AD held that these four creatures represented four aspects of the work of Christ, which in turn were representative of the four Gospels. The calf was traditionally translated "ox," the Greek word referring to a heifer or young bull.

Unending Praise

Throne of God"For ever and ever" indicated that there was constant unending praise from the living creatures. The words "Holy, holy, holy" and "Who was, and is, and is to come" are all reminders of the three fold Trinity in heaven. The twenty-four elders layed their crowns before the throne as a mark of submission like conquered kings to a more powerful king in ancient cultures. All the living creatures gave glory to God in heaven and on earth because he was the Creator and sustainer of all things.

"Living Creatures Glory
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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