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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 give glory" is suggestive of wild beasts, domesticated animals, human beings and flying creatures. The Lord rules over all creation. Irenaeus (130-202 AD) who was a leader and a writer in the Early Church in Lyon, France in around 180 A.D. held that these four creatures represented four aspects of the work of Christ, which in turn are representative of the four Gospels. The calf is traditionally translated "ox," the Greek word referring to a heifer or young bull. ✞

Unending Praise

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

"Living Creatures Glor
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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