“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty!
The Was, the Is, and the Coming!”
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory, honor, and power,
for you created all things,
and by your plan they were created and exist.”
Revelation 4 The Message (MSG)
A Door into Heaven
4 Then I looked, and, oh!—a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.”
2-6 I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh!—a Throne set in Heaven with One Seated on the Throne, suffused in gem hues of amber and flame with a nimbus of emerald. Twenty-four thrones circled the Throne, with Twenty-four Elders seated, white-robed, gold-crowned. Lightning flash and thunder crash pulsed from the Throne. Seven fire-blazing torches fronted the Throne (these are the Sevenfold Spirit of God). Before the Throne it was like a clear crystal sea.
6-8 Prowling around the Throne were Four Animals, all eyes. Eyes to look ahead, eyes to look behind. The first Animal like a lion, the second like an ox, the third with a human face, the fourth like an eagle in flight. The Four Animals were winged, each with six wings. They were all eyes, seeing around and within. And they chanted night and day, never taking a break:
Holy, holy, holy
Is God our Master, Sovereign-Strong,
The Was, The Is, The Coming.
9-11 Every time the Animals gave glory and honor and thanks to the One Seated on the Throne—the age-after-age Living One—the Twenty-four Elders would fall prostrate before the One Seated on the Throne. They worshiped the age-after-age Living One. They threw their crowns at the foot of the Throne, chanting,
Worthy, O Master! Yes, our God!
Take the glory! the honor! the power!
You created it all;
It was created because you wanted it.The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson
Hebrews 4:13 is tucked behind a striking verse, Hebrews 4:12. 4:12 is about the effect and impact of the Word of God on us. How powerful is the Word of God!
I spent a part of a day meditating on Hebrews 4:12 recently. I am moving through the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament and moved next to Hebrews 4:13.
13 There is not one person who can hide their thoughts from God, for nothing that we do remains a secret, and nothing created is concealed, but everything is exposed and defenseless before his eyes, to whom we must render an account.
It is an emotional low to be past Hebrews 4:12. 4:12 is my favorite verse. (Of course, I have many favorite verses.)
After some pause I wrote…
I need the Lord, more than I ever knew. I think education, wisdom, savvy–these attributes will get me through but they will not! I need more than anything this world offers, more than what is found within me. More than what I have–even more than aged wisdom brings me. Yes, more than all those qualities. What am I getting at? I need the daily help of the One who sent me the Helper. He sent the Helper because He knew how desperately I need something greater than myself.
Verse 13: “Naked and exposed” — that is who I am. I lack. I am needy. I am desperate and blind to my pitiful desperation.
I am a deer in the headlights. I don’t know what is coming!
I am supposed to be creating value. Yes, but not by its earthly meaning. Value of more value than humanity can create or imagine. For I have to give account! No one in the flesh has anything to offer that counts for anything!
I have to touch the other world–the world that is not of this world. What God is the only things that matter. God, the Holy Spirit, in me does the only good I may achieve. What are those things? Generally, these things are found in other people–given away. So, my value–if there is any, is with others. It is not here with me–not in myself nor where I live nor where I have been. It is in someone else. Generally, it is only seen by the Lord and maybe the person within whom the gift resides.
It is not here, do not look for valuable here. If here, in me, it is worthless.
I am not hidden. I am naked and exposed per God! There is no reason to hide! I will give an account. My account will be: “Did I please You in any way? Did I touch another in a way that had eternal value? Lord, receive me! I plead your grace! Your grace is all I have! I offer you nothing in me. My gift is what You did through me.
All I long for now is my Great High Priest! I need Him!
The Passion Translation (TPT)
John’s Vision of the Throne Room
4 Then suddenly, after I wrote down these messages, I saw a heavenly portal open before me,[a] and the same trumpet-voice I heard speaking with me at the beginning[b] broke the silence and said, “Ascend into this realm![c] I want to reveal to you what must happen[d] after this.”
2 Instantly I was taken into the spirit realm,[e] and behold—I saw a heavenly throne[f] set in place and someone seated upon it. 3 His appearance was sparkling like crystal[g] and glowing like a carnelian gemstone.[h] Surrounding the throne was a circle of green light,[i] like an emerald rainbow.[j] 4 Encircling the great throne were twenty-four thrones with elders[k] in glistening white garments seated upon them, each wearing a golden crown of victory. 5 And pulsing from the throne were blinding flashes of lightning,[l] crashes of thunder, and voices.[m]And burning before the throne are seven blazing torches, which represent the seven Spirits of God.[n] 6 And in front of the throne there was pavement[o] like a crystal sea of glass.[p]
Worship around the Throne
Around the throne and on each side[q] stood four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind.[r] 7 The first living creature resembled a lion, the second an ox, the third had a human face, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings, full of eyes all around and under their wings. They worshiped without ceasing, day and night, singing,
9 And whenever the living creatures gave glory, honor, and thanks to the One who is enthroned and who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fell facedown before the one seated on the throne and they worshiped the one who lives forever and ever. And they surrendered their crowns before the throne, singing: