The Lion and the Lamb

Here is the Fifth Chapter of Revelation.

I read it as a continuation of the theme of triumph established in the fourth chapter. There is also a hint of the metaphor roller coaster we’ll be on. John the Revelator is at first really upset because no one on heaven and earth is worthy to open the seals, but the elders tell him “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Judah is the tribe of David and Joseph and therefore the tribe of Jesus. Then the very next verse begins, “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.” We quickly learn that the Lamb is “worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because [it was] slain, and with [its] blood [it] purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

So the Lion is the lamb. Christ is King and Sacrifice. This speaks to me particularly when I think about the metaphorical sanctifying of Abraham, John, Martin and Bobby. [FN1] They were all king and sacrifice. John’s revelation seems to attempt to communicate to the listener/reader this aspect of Jesus, complete with the appropriate — I don’t know — magnitude?

At this point in the book, I am still able to maintain an emotional connection with the author, although I already have lost some of his imagery, such as multi-eyed, six winged beasts.

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