And I saw on the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the book, or to look at it.
So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
John has been caught up into heaven, ch. 4, and has described something of what He saw of a throne and One who sat on it. Now He describes that glorious Being as holding a scroll in His right hand, a scroll sealed with seven seals. Then he hears a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
No problem, surely.
After all, look at all man has accomplished, how much he has learned of himself and the world in which he lives. No doubt there is at least one who is worthy, who deserves, who is able, to take the scroll and open it.
Then there are angels! Far mightier than men. Perhaps one of them….
And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it, v. 3.
Do you see it?
The scroll lies open on the hand of God, the word is sent out for one is worthy, who deserves, to take that scroll and open it.
And there is silence.
No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth is able to open the scroll, or to look at it (!) emphasis added.
Do you really see that?
There’s not a single person anywhere who is worthy even to look at the scroll, let alone open it.
I wonder what this says about our careless and loose approach to spiritual things, to the Word of God. That scroll only deals with a little bit of God’s purpose for this world and no one was worthy enough to open it. Scripture tells us a great deal more about God and His dealings with us, and yet how few read or treasure it.
You see, we don’t deserve to have the Bible. God could simply have abandoned Adam and Eve when they turned away from Him there in the Garden. He didn’t.
And we too often follow in the footsteps of our first parents. So does this world. I’ve read that there are some 51 countries where the Bible is forbidden. Even in our own country, it’s illegal in government and school. And God allows us to reap the results of that rebellion and sin. Every day, we see the consequences of that on TV and in the papers.
Therefore, if we have the Scripture, how we ought to treasure it! I’m afraid our dusty and neglected Bibles will have much to say against us at the Judgment.
There used to be a TV show that promised to open “a world of endless wonder!” What was not really true of the TV show is true of the Bible. It opens up a panorama of eternal wonder.
But we’ll never see that wonder if we never get into the Book!
Oh, that this New Year might be The Year of the Book!