The Shema

James Leadly

READ : Deuteronomy 6:4-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (v. 6) The reading for today is known as the Shema, Hebrew for “hear” (v. 4). Many Jews repeat the Shema multiple times a day, just as Deuteronomy commands. It’s a good practice. When Christians recite Scripture daily it is not because we are literally commanded to do so, but so that the words will be imprinted on our hearts. We must be …

Hope

James Leadly

READ : Revelation 21:1-8 He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. (v. 3) The violent imagery throughout the book of Revelation is actually a realistic picture of the world we live in. Death and violence surround us; the world is a very scary place. However, as we arrive at the end of Revelation we are given a glorious word of hope. This passage comforts us and …

The Reign of Christ

James Leadly

READ : Revelation 20:1-6 They will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. (v. 6) Like yesterday’s, this passage addresses the role of the martyrs in the book of Revelation. John is trying to give people the courage to die for the word of God. He does this by showing them the great heavenly reward waiting for those who lay down their earthly lives for their faith. Our attention should …

A Call to Martyrdom

James Leadly

READ : Revelation 6:9-11 I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. (v. 9) In Revelation, John is calling the Christians of the day to die, if necessary, “for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.” The purpose of the book of Revelation is not only to show what events will take place in the end times, it was …

We Were Made to Create

James Leadly

READ : Revelation 5 And they sang a new song. (v. 9) This verse points us to the cross. When the elders in the throne room cast down their crowns, they sang in praise of God’s creation (4:11). But when they fell down before the Lamb, they created a new chorus that brought glory to Christ for his work of redemption! The elders sing a new song because they are creative beings and because God has done a new thing …

Casting Our Crowns

James Leadly

READ : Revelation 4 They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.” (vv. 10-11) In chapters four and five of Revelation we are given one of the most powerful images of worship in all of Scripture. John takes his readers into the throne room of God and describes everything that he sees. The 24 elders sit in thrones that surround the throne of God. Whenever the …