Revelation 4-5 ~ Day 112~ God is a master story teller!

Have you ever heard of the narrative technique of using a "framing device"? That's when a scene is used at the beginning and end of a work.  I saw an example of that recently in a movie called, "Unplanned".  At the beginning of the movie, the main character sees something that changes her life.  Then the story goes back to tell how she got to that moment in her life.  The movie then draws near to the end by showing that same scene that was shown at the beginning.  The audience had a better understanding of the scene after seeing all the back story.

I bring up this narrative technique because I couldn't help but feel like our reading today was a "framing"; the end scene where every living thing is worshipping God at the end of time.  Let me explain.

God in his fullness is being worshipped by every angel (5:11) and every living thing in heaven and on earth (5:13).  I say God in his fullness, because of what I learned yesterday.  Today I read, "In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing.  These are the seven spirits of God." (4:5)  I know (from yesterday's reading ) that "seven spirits of God" represents the Holy Spirit!
Also, I read, "Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders." (5:6)  That is clearly Jesus!!  So, here we have the fullness of God all together- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- all one God being worshipped by every living thing!

I found what my commentary said to be very insightful regarding the 24 elders sitting on their thrones encircling God's throne.  "Because there were 12 tribes of Israel in the O.T, and 12 apostles in the N.T., this vision probably represents all the redeemed of God for all time (both before and after Christ's death and resurrection).  They symbolize all those- both Jews and Gentiles- who are now part of God's family."

So, doesn't this scene seem like the culmination at the end of time, and everything we are about to read goes back to show how we got to this point? Could John be using a "framing device",  or rather, is God using a framing device? After all, God is the master storyteller.  He could use any literary devise he wants!

Well,  I'm going to keep this in mind as I keep reading the next few chapters......

Comments

Christine R said…
Love it... I have always felt that Revelation has such beautiful symbolism in it. It's such a beautiful story... What a gift God gave us to reveal it to us...💜
A gift and a blessing!!
"Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy. and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near." (Rev. 1:3)

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