Revelation 4:10 – …the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying…
In response to the praise of the Lord from the four living creatures, the twenty-four elders fall down in worship. The Greek word translated as “worship” literally means “to kiss towards.” It comes with the meaning to pay homage, show devotion, or reverent adoration.
While worship is much more than prostrating ones’ self on the ground, there are dozens of cases in Scripture that do portray worship to God, or idols that way. Other types of worship may include prayer, or music. Worship may also include sacrifice, or giving something to the one receiving the worship. Though God gave Israel the land and all that was in it, the Mosaic Law indicated that it was a show of gratitude to God, in worship, by giving Him back the “firstfruits of the land”:
Deuteronomy 26:8-10 – ‘So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He has brought us to this place and has given us this land, “a land flowing with milk and honey”; and now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me.’ “Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God.”
All things are given from God. We can do nothing apart from God; even our works:
Isaiah 26:12 – LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us.
God created the Church to do good works:
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Recall from Revelation 3:2, good and fruitful works are only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. In Revelation 4:4, we saw that the Church is the only group of believers that will receive crowns as a reward for their good works. As God gave Israel all the land, the Church was given good works to do through the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as Israel gave the Lord back the “firstfruits of the land,” the twenty-four elders, representing the Church, will cast their reward, their crown, back to the Lord, in homage for what He did for them and through them.
At the presence of God it is a normal thing to fall down prostrate at His feet. The “four and twenty elders fall down before Him” shows their great humility at the presence of God. A deep respect and honor should be given God.
“To Him that sat on the throne” is very interesting. God the Father is on the central throne, but immediately on His right hand sits God the Son, Jesus. The “throne” encompasses both the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The word “worship” has been misunderstood by so many. We sing about it in our songs and use it in our prayers. But do we truly know how to worship? Our churches call Sunday services, worship, but again, very little true worship goes on. The word that was translated “worship” here means “absolute reverence to God, to adore Him”. One of the meanings of the word means to “kiss”, like a dog licking his master’s hand. Absolute humility and adoration of God is what it really means. Do we go to church to humbly worship and adore our God? A deep respect and honor should be given God.
“Cast their crowns”: Aware that God alone is responsible for the rewards they have received, they divest themselves of all honor and cast it at the feet of their King (see note on 2:10).
Why do they “cast their crowns before the throne”? These crowns are the victorious crowns that Jesus has placed on their head. They, or we, have done nothing to earn the crowns. These crowns belong to Jesus, not us. He won the victory. He placed them on our head. Everyone benefits from the victory, but Jesus won it. This is another act of humility on their part. When they throw the crowns at Jesus’ feet, they are telling Him that they are His because He won them.
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Please do not waist another a minute.
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