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Good comments by Gary Hampton on Rev 1.1-3, among them, these:

This vision was delivered by heavenly messenger to John, who simply identifies himself as the Lord”s slave. Once, he had wanted more for himself (Mark 10:35-40), but now he had seen the Lord submit and serve others (Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 20:20-28) and was following his lead.

I’m blessed to count Gary as a friend.

Charles Box on Rev 1.1-3:

John said, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3) He said, “Blessed is he that readeth.” It is a blessing to be permitted to read the Revelation of God. This may be a reference to public reading because the next statement has to do with those “that hear the words of this prophecy.” We learn God”s will by reading, hearing, studying and meditation. Those who have the opportunity to become acquainted with God”s revelation are highly favored. The readers and hearers must also “keep those things which are written therein.” None can be right with God who does not obey those things that are their duty. The psalmist said of God”s commandments, “Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalms 19:11) Our heavenly hope is in knowing and doing the will of God.

We just don’t realize how blessed we are to have many good versions and tools to understand the Word of God. People don’t take advantage of them. And still it comes down to knowing and doing. Knowledge alone is nothing.

Ed M. teaches us to quiet our souls before the universe’s unknowns, starting with Psalm 131.1.

Secrets belong to God. The wise learn to be content with what God has revealed. The “secret things” belong to His infinite mind, Deuteronomy 29:29. The psalmist “quieted” his soul, Psalms 131:2. He withdrew from false pursuits. He settled down to the truth he knew. He determined not to worry over matters he could not grasp. He let God be God, Job 36:26. We should concentrate our energy on what is known: what God asks us to be, where He wants us to go, what He wishes we would do. We should leave the rest to the Almighty.

Focus question: Are my spiritual questions about the Scriptures or about subjects they do not deal with? Why do we ask about what we cannot know?

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