Operatic Bookends (well sort of) (Bible reading journey)


I read Revelations 19, 20, 21 and 22 this morning. Revelations 21 was particularly riveting. It felt like an operatic theater not unlike the scene in Genesis 1. I guess that is a benefit of reading through the bible in a sweeping fashion, in as short a time as possible. The recurring themes and imagery come through much more clearly. These verses in particular, capture the end product of God’s work in a way which soothes and provides hope:

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of Godgives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Notwithstanding the grand theme however, chapter 22 – the last chapter of the Bible – God again reached out to us in very personal terms, which call for personal response.

It has been a good 10+ months of reading through the Bible end to end. Kindle and early train rides helped the cause immensely. I have to think about what I do now – maybe from Monday onwards.

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