“And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints; and they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art thou to take the scroll and to open its seals, for thou wast slain and by thy blood didst ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.’” (Revelation 5:8-9)
In Genesis 22:1-12, we encounter the story of how God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of his faith. Precisely in verse 7, Isaac asked Abraham, “we have fire and wood, but where is the lamb?” and Abraham said, “God would provide.” Moving into the book of Exodus chapter 12, we see Moses instructing the Israelites about the Passover. Each family was to take an unblemished lamb and smear their doors with its blood. In this way, the Angel of death would pass over their houses.
When we go through Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and so on, we would discover that each time the Bible makes mention of the lamb, it does so from the perspective of sacrifice. In Samuel 7:9, Samuel took a lamb without stain and offered it as a burnt offering to the Lord. In verses 10 to 12, we read: “As Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to attack Israel; but the LORD thundered with a mighty voice that day against the Philistines and threw them into confusion, and they were routed before Israel.”
Isaiah 53:7 we read: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” When Jeremiah was being oppressed for saying the truth, he said in 11, 19: “But I was like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter!”
In the New Testament, we hear John the Baptist introducing Jesus to the crowd in these very words: “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” It is at this point that we get to understand who this lamb really is.
The lamb Abraham said God would provide, the lamb that was sacrificed in Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, the lamb Samuel offered and the prophets spoke about is Jesus Christ. As Peter would say: “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
No wonder coming to the last book of the Bible, we hear one song: Worthy indeed is the lamb! Indeed, worthy is the Lamb “to receive the scroll and break open its seals, for you were slain and with your Blood, you purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation. You made them a kingdom and priests for our God, and they will reign on earth.” (Revelations 5:9).
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, worthy are you for you are the Lamb of our Salvation, teach me that there is nothing in this life that I may offer my whole being to you daily. Amen.
Bible Study: Revelation 5:1-10 Psalm 149:1-6.9 and Luke 19:41-44).