I have been studying Revelation with my friend Sara this summer. Thanks to Beth Moore, many Bible Scholars, and God’s revelation we have learned so much! Revelation is full of daunting events and strange word pictures but overall, in general, we “get” it.
Yesterday, during our lesson Beth Moore taught on the wedding supper of the Lamb and the raucous praise that will occur when Babylon falls. We are told in Revelation 19:7 to “..rejoice and be glad and give him glory!” The only other time we have this term “rejoice and be glad” in the New Testament is found in Matthew 5:12. This is found in the Beatitudes and the people are told to “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Now Revelation has quite a bit to say about the blood of the persecuted saints but that isn’t where I am going today…
The Greek word for “glad” is agalliao (ag-al-lee-ah’-o) and means from again (much) – to exult, rejoice exceedingly, be exceedingly glad. We are told to hallomai (hal’-lom-ahee), to leap! We so often say things like “I’m so glad….I made it on time, the sermon/lecture is over, we don’t have to wait for a table….” This is not the same type of glad mentioned here! Are we spinning and leaping in delight for the Lord? Are we praising him with exuberance?
My husband, son, and niece came home from the Downtown Farmer’s Market after Sara and I were finished with our study yesterday. They had picked out a beautiful flower to give me and guess what kind of flower it was -a GLAD! Enjoy and be reminded to serve our AWESOME GOD with true gladness!