Revelation Chapter 5: 9
Revelation 5:9 – And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…”
As shown in Revelation 4, the elders and living creatures together represent redeemed man from the beginning of time to the rapture. The saints sing a song about man’s redemption, in worship to the Lord. The song is new, because before this moment it had not been sung and could not be sung, since the Redeemer had not yet taken the scroll.
The Psalms often include the phrase “a new song,” but the following Psalm, in particular, combines elements of the scene of our current study.
Psalms 149:1-9 – Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment – this honor have all His saints. Praise the LORD!
In this Psalm we see the assembly of the saints, who are singing praises accompanied by instruments, including the harp. Also note that the theme is prayer for justice. The saints will return among the armies of Heaven (Revelation 19:14), and rule and reign with Christ in His earthly kingdom (Revelation 5:10).
This song of redemption sung by the elders and living creatures, explains why the Lord is worthy to take the “purchase deed” and break its seals. The Lord’s sacrifice paid the price:
Romans 3:23-25 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood….
Hebrews 9:11-12,15 – But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption…. And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
1 Timothy 2:5-6 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
There was foreshadowing of the Lord taking the “purchase deed” of the earth at the beginning of His earthly ministry. Jesus proclaimed His mission of redemption, when He took a scroll of Isaiah handed to Him, and He read the following prophecy:
Luke 4:16-21 – So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
The saints, represented by the elders and living creatures come from “every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” The divisions of family, language, race, and country, show that the Lord’s redemption price is for all humans. However, only those that accept the Lord’s sacrifice, He will redeem. That is why the Lord commissioned the disciples to go out and preach the Gospel to the world. The phrase “every creature” is literally “all the creation” in the Greek in the following passage:
Mark 16:15-16 – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
As we will see later, a battle over the souls of man will continue to wage until the Lord returns:
Revelation 13:7 – It was granted to him [the beast] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
But the Lord still provides the invitation for salvation to all people groups, even until the end of the Tribulation:
Revelation 14:6 – Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people.
“New song” (compare 15:3). The Old Testament is filled with references to a new song that flows from the heart that has experienced God’s redemption or deliverance (compare 14:3; Psalms 33; 144:9). This new song anticipates the final, glorious redemption that God is about to begin.
This beautiful new song, proclaiming how worthy Jesus is to receive our adoration, will be a magnificent sound. All voices will be in accord. This song praising Jesus for redeeming us from sin and death will be accompanied by the beautiful music of the harp in the verse before.
“Redeemed us to God by thy blood”: The sacrificial death of Christ on behalf of sinners made Him worthy to take the scroll (compare 1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:3; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2 Peter 2:1).
The shed blood of Jesus was and is, the redeeming factor. I love the fact that nationality, or color, or sex, or any other separation that man has will not be a factor here. Salvation is for everyone who will accept it. Jesus died for each one of us whether we are Americans, Indians, Africans, Chinese, Russian or otherwise. It is our choice whether to accept, or reject, the gift of salvation. No other barrier exists.
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Please do not waist another a minute.
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If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
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Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.