Prayer: O God, teach us the meaning in your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Closing the distance
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire,
I was near the Newberry National Volcanic Monument just last month and I had no idea it was there, or what it was. Today our devotion writer tells about the mile-long black volcanic glass flow. I would have liked to have seen it. Is this the kind of sea of glass the author of Revelation saw? Our devotion writer tells of the signs warning people that the glass edges in the obsidian flow are sharp and that it is dangerous to walk in sandals, or for dogs’ feet.
Our devotion writer explains; “This sea of glass, though, symbolizes the distance between God and creation, even in heaven.” On the other hand, Halley’s Bible Handbook says; “The “sea of glass” is perhaps symbolic for the calm and peaceful rest of God’s people in heaven.” After crossing the Red Sea God’s people sang the Song of Moses and the Lamb because they were now finally safe from the wrath of Pharaoh. It was a song of triumph.
Maximilian Kolbe and Kaj Munk were two men martyred by the Nazi’s. Our devotion writer suggests that they must have felt far away from God’s triumph, but their actions sang of a coming victory. Our separation from God is not forever, but in the right time we will sit at the foot of God’s throne after the beast of this world is destroyed. “God’s plan turns that sea of glass into the new Jerusalem.”
Prayer: “Flowing God, overcome the sharp edges of our lives with your soothing grace, through Christ Jesus. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Angels with the Seven Last Plagues
15 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! 4 Lord, who will not fear and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your judgments have been revealed.”