Assuming

The Revelation of John

5:6   And I saw between the throne with the four living creatures and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Lately I have been enjoying a time of deep reflection as I read my Bible.   I’m kind of excited, because usually I have trouble staying focused.  These days I am able to glean from every word, inflection and phrase and I’m loving it.

As I was reading through the Revelation I came upon the above verse and began to ponder on it.  Soon I was talking to the Lord about it.   Our one-sided conversation went something like this:

“Lord, that’s a pretty scary Creature standing there.  I mean, what if the trumpet sounds and we’re being gathered up and lo and behold, our eyes fall on a giant slain Lamb, with seven horns and seven eyes? Just where do all those horns and eyes fit in on a face?   We’re used to thinking of You as a man, somewhat normal looking, but with big muscles from all your carpentry work.   Or even a normal looking being, that we might mistake for an angel.  I could even handle the figure of a man with fire, gold, and burnished bronze with a sword in His mouth –   But honestly Lord, if I would look upon You and see horns and all those eyes, a robe dipped in blood, and wounded, my first human reaction would to be repulsed. Ack!! I don’t want to do that to You!!  Lord, we don’t see You very often looking like this.  Please forgive me ahead of time if I don’t recognize You right away!”   I know that was a little silly, even if slightly imaginable.

 Now, I have absolutely no doubt that when the glorious trumpet blows, I’ll rise from the grave or the earth with eager anticipation, with no shred of fear.  But this little snippet did cause me to wonder about how much we assume about Scripture, or take for granted that we know exactly what that means.   Lately I’ve been frequently chiding my husband for assuming things will be exactly as he thinks.  It doesn’t dawn on him that there could be a totally different result than what he is expecting.

James 3:14-17 says, “Who among you is wise and understanding?  Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.  This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”

This is a gentle nudge from the Lord to remind us that we should not think we know it all when it comes to reading or teaching the Scriptures.   1 Cor 13:9, 12: “For we know in part and we prophesy in part;  We look into a mirror dimly, but then face to face; I know in part, but then I will know fully.”   We must remind ourselves to look, search out carefully and be led by the Holy Spirit Who teaches us all things when we dive into our Scripture reading, always being moldable, teachable and with an eager thirst for the purity of the Word.