3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near. Revelation 1:3
Disclaimer: I was talking with my wife about our reap, as we did this one together, and what God revealed to her was really powerful. So I have summarised it here.
The writer of the book of Revelation makes a powerful statement here. That those who read this book, especially aloud, are blessed especially if it is heard and taken to heart. This is pretty straightforward. John seems to be underpinning the importance of this book not just to the early believers but to all believers. The point of reading the bible is primarily that we might know deeper God’s character and therefore live in light of this. The questions that should excite us is this: what does Revelation reveal to us about the character of God that might not have been as evident in other parts of scripture?
How often have I read the book of Revelation? How often do I sit under the weight of its scripture, teaching, and narrative? It is a difficult book, a challenging book, but nonetheless an important book in the bible for all Christians to read, celebrate and explore. Even in the first chapter it reminds us of our Godly identity in verse 5-7 and finishes with a adds a powerful declaration of God’s eternal nature in verse 8.
Father, as we read through Revelation, may this scripture plumb the depths of my heart. Search me and reveal yourself to me in new and fresh ways that I might know you deeper and more intimately. Thankyou for the gift of the book of Revelation. Holy Spirit, guide us as we read it and hear you speak through it. Amen