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We are continuing to explore Revelation chapter four. To start at the beginning, at the first verse, please click here.
Revelation 4:6 ‘Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal’.
Opinions are divided as to the meaning of this verse. Legend has it that when Queen of Sheba visited Solomon she thought that a pavement of clear glass that he had set before his throne was water, and she lifted up her skirt to pass through.
One could compare the tranquillity of this sea of glass before the throne with the troubled waters of humanity from which will arise the beast of Revelation 13:1.
There was also the great vessel of brass in the temple filled with water from which the priests would wash to cleanse themselves before ministering before the Lord so the sea of glass may speak of cleansing and sanctification.
Exodus 30:18 ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a bronze basin with its bronze stand for washing. Place it between the Tent of Meeting and the altar, and put water into it. Aaron and his sons are to wash their hands and feet with water from it. Whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting they shall wash with water so they will not die.”
I would offer, perhaps more poetically than exegetically, that the sea of glass represents transparency. When we approach and stand before God, all our masks and illusions fall away before He who knows us so intimately.
Psalm 139:23 ‘Search me O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts.’
Only the righteous in Christ Jesus, washed by the purest of waters, may stand before the God of perfect holiness.
Hebrews 10:22 ‘…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.’
Thank goodness that now in Christ Jesus, washed by his righteousness, we may draw near to the throne of God!
I hope to continue this series on revelation chapter four very soon!
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