Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pastoral Pings ~ When the Kings of Creation Worship the King Who Created

They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”[1]

          Because the book of Revelation is such a concise and condensed summary of all the rest of Scripture, it is fascinating to consider God’s choice of words in describing what he revealed to John. It is as if every word awaits the cursor of our minds to right-click and discover what other wonders are waiting to be revealed to those who wait upon the Lord.

          With that in mind, I was drawn to consider why the wonder-filled worship of the twenty-four elders focused on, “for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Such a short collection of words has to be the ultimate summary of worship, and the very best thing for the church to hear from these elders during discouraging times of persecution.

          Since the book of Revelation is not a generic glimpse through the windows of heaven, but a determined, strategic revelation of God to Jesus’ servants, there has to be a way that our worship of God as Creator will get us through anything the world, the flesh, and the devil strategize against us. In fact, the focus on God as Creator does exactly that.

          Throughout Scripture, the number one enemy of God is idolatry. It is the consistent theme of revelation from one end of the Bible to the other. No matter how we describe it, and no matter how much the red dragon is behind every idolatrous expression, the fact remains that we are always serving either God or idols.

          The foolishness of turning to idols is that they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.[2] Every single idol is a created thing. It does not matter whether it is an idol-figure created by a master-sculptor, the worship of chemical-induced experiences (drug addictions and alcoholism), the worship of the human body (ours or someone else’s), the love of money and the coveting of all the things we want to buy with money, or any other way we would describe the golden calves that replace God, all idolatry is the worship of something created rather than worshiping the Creator.

          Times of persecution increase the temptation to worship the creature rather than the Creator. Early Christians could save their lives by worshiping the Emperor. Daniel could be spared the lions’ den if he would worship the king. Stephen could be spared martyrdom if he would worship the religion of man, and the men who created it. Christians of our day would be spared persecution if they would worship in religions created by creatures, rather than stand firm in the one relationship with God that gives everlasting life.

          While there is much more that could be said about this, the summary declaration of the twenty-four elders, the kingdom and priests[3] of God Almighty, is a testimony to you today that God alone is worthy “to receive glory and honor and power.” Do not be afraid of creatures or created things, nor give them your worship. Instead, “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.[4]

          After all, “…you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”[5]
          From my heart,




© 2013 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, V1K 1B8 ~

Unless otherwise noted, Scriptures are from the English Standard Version (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.)


[1] Revelation 4:10-11
[2] Romans 1:25
[3] “and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6)  “and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:6);  “and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:10)
[4] I Corinthians 10:31
[5] I Peter 2:9

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