Nations Day 5 Pray For Us: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) Who is the vast multitude?

2) Why is it significant that they came from every nation, tribe, people, and language? (verse 9)

3) What is significant about their loud cry in verse 10?

Revelation 7:9-10

9 After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
Salvation belongs to our God,
who is seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb!

Original Intent

1) Who is the vast multitude?
If we read the verses just before this section, we see John describing a different group of people. He specifically speaks of 144,000 Israelites. They are a numbered group.  Verse 9 however, contains no specific number. Instead, John calls them “a vast multitude”. Due to the description that follows this description, readers can assume that multitude is meant to describe Gentile (non-Jewish/Israelite) believers. Israelites who believed in Jesus and were part of the early Church, like Peter, John, and Paul, prayed for and spread the Good News to Gentiles as Jesus had commanded. (Matthew 28:19) In these verses, readers understand that Gentiles are also present at the throne in Heaven.

2) Why is it significant that they came from every nation, tribe, people, and language? (verse 9)
This is a clear picture of the fulfillment of Matthew 28:19 where Jesus commands His original disciples to make disciples (committed Christ-followers) of all nations. Their work is seen fulfilled in the picture around the throne. Here, we see a beautiful description of the Church as a whole as it represents all people from all time. Jesus did not come for only the Israelites but for all of humanity. These written words are a reassurance of the fulfillment of Jesus’ sacrifice, which He gave for all people.

3) What is significant about their loud cry in verse 10
The believers before the throne are shouting out the truth of God and His character. These believers do not take credit for their salvation, instead they give credit to Whom credit is due. Only God has the power to rescue sinful human beings and bring them near to dwell with God Himself in His holy place! The believers are victoriously shouting together an acknowledgment of who God is and what Jesus has done in His sacrifice on the cross which offered all to come near. They are worshipping the Father and the Son for the gift of salvation bestowed on them through Jesus’ sacrifice.

Everyday Application

1) Who is the vast multitude?
Most of us reading this today fall into the category of Gentile, as we were not born Jewish. However, because of this assurance in Revelation, and many other places in both the Old and New Testaments, our non-Jewish heritage does not mean we are excluded from Heaven. Quite the opposite! God gives John a vision of a number too large to count present at the throne worshipping. This gives every human being hope. Our hope of salvation and an eternity with God is not dependent on our birth heritage, but instead on our heritage as daughters of the One True King who welcomed us into His family when we placed our hope and faith in Jesus.

2) Why is it significant that they came from every nation, tribe, people, and language? (verse 9)
In Heaven there will be diversity. We will not all look the same or speak the same. Neither will we all have the same exact physical body in Heaven. God designed us unique and individual and these characteristics will remain in eternity, however they will be perfected! While I cannot begin to guess what our perfected bodies will look like, I do know we will not all be alike. Our diversity is represented before the throne of God who created us. Salvation is not selected to one people group, but available to all. However, the diversity within the body of believers is not reserved solely for Heaven; it takes place even now! While we celebrate because sisters are worshipping the same God across the globe, the work is not done. There are still nations, tribes, peoples, and languages who have not heard the Good News. As believers, modern day disciples who follow Jesus, we should desire to see the Good News of the Gospel shared from our next door neighbors to the ends of the earth and everywhere in between.

3) What is significant about their loud cry in verse 10
Salvation is not something we earn or something we can take credit for. There are not enough good deeds, money to give, time to invest in others, or any other work of man that can pay the penalty for our sins. Instead, it is a gift offered to us through the sacrifice of Jesus. Even though it is freely given, each of us must still choose whether to accept or reject it for ourselves. If we accept Him, surrendering ourselves to Him, He draws us near, lavishing us with salvation for eternity. Believers around the throne are praising God for this gift! These verses remind us to stay humble in the source of our salvation. Whether we are still walking this earth or, when the day comes, we find ourselves in the presence of our Maker, we should never forget the Source of our salvation. He alone deserves the adoring worship of our lives. This mighty God of the Universe loves us enough to gift us salvation and His wonderful presence both now and forever!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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