As the series of events to be disclosed, resulting in the final triumph of religion, was the effect of his conflicts with the powers of evil, there was a special propriety that the disclosure should be made by him. fol. 1) had already proclaimed the revealing power of messiah, who is “mighty in all the secrets of righteousness … and who reveals all the treasures of that which is hidden”. An indispensable condition was the victory over sin and Satan, through death and blood. at Calvary. & xi. Not mealy 'a sucker from David's ancient root' (as Alford), but also Himself the root and origin of David. 1887. This use of the term would connect him in the apprehension of John with the prophecy, and would suggest to him the idea of his being a ruler, or having dominion. Though they were in heaven, they were deeply interested in all that pertained to the welfare of the church, and they had been permitted to understand what as yet was unknown to him, that the power of opening the mysterious volume which contained the revelation of the future was entrusted particularly to the Messiah. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. And one of the elders spake to me: Weep not; behold the lion, who is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has overcome to take the book, and to break its seven seals. his words, "Judah is a LION'S whelp," etc. But, according to that word of the dying patriarch, Judah must one day find his culmination in the Messiah. None appeared to answer that voice; he was troubled; he thought he heard one saying to him: Be not troubled, the book shall be opened. No particular reason for one elder as the agent over another (Revelation 7:13). Broadman Press 1932,33. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". Jewish eschatology (En. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/revelation-5.html. 2. Christ was to be born of this tribe, and was to be a great Conqueror. "Lightnings," by reason of the flash which strikes the eyes, signify … https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/revelation-5.html. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Christ shall open the book, and loose the seals of it, who is here expressed under a double character: 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/revelation-5.html. It appears to be the patriarch Jacob, because, according to his prophecy, the name of lion is given to Christ: Genesis 49:9 . The latter conception is correct, because the former combination of the ἐνίκησεν with the inf. { Revelation 3:22}. The root of David — As God, the root and source of David's family, Isaiah 11:1,10. 9.) 3, xlix. ), is expressed already in Revelation 3:21, and is repeated immediately afterwards in Revelation 5:9,(1889) only in another statement or explanation; viz., that, just because Christ has struggled and conquered in earthly humility,(1890) he is worthy to open the sealed book. The Root of David; see note to chap Revelation 22:16. Read Revelation 5:5 commentary using Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Revelation 5:5. ἀνοῖξαι … σφραγῖδας, cf. It really doesn't matter which one of the twenty-four this is. Gen.: the lion, as victorious: from the tribe of Judah, as the Messiah of promise, sprung from among the brethren of the Seer, and so carrying more comfort to him), the root of David (from ref. This truth sheds light on the meaning of Christ’s statement just before He went to the cross, “the prince of this world is judged” (John John 16:11). “One from among the elders” of Revelation 4:4, Revelation 4:10 (εκ — ek with the ablative 8 times in the Apocalypse, 12 in the Fourth Gospel, 10 in rest of the N.T., in place of the mere partitive genitive). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/revelation-5.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/revelation-5.html. The explanation is divided into two parts. It was one of the members of the Christian church, who was near the throne of God, had communion with him, and knowledge of his will, who in this visionary way is represented as comforting John under his sorrow and concern, and giving him information: and sometimes persons of superior abilities may receive instruction from meaner persons, as did Apollos from Aquila and Priscilla: the same said unto John. The elders round God's throne know better than John, still in the flesh, Christ's far-reaching power. The Lion of the tribe of Juda - Jesus Christ, who sprang from this tribe, as his genealogy proves; see on Matthew 1:2; (note), Matthew 1:3; (note) and Luke 3:23; (note). 1871-8. It is “for the suffering of death” that Christ is clothed “with glory and honour” (Hebrews 2:9). Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not: Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. ‘And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Isaiah 11:10); He is the one who was David’s Lord (Matthew 22:41-45), and “the true source and ground of all power” to David and David’s tribe, and of all who looked to Him, and not to themselves, for strength. So that this victory has that for its foundation of which John has written in his Gospel. Also, the scroll was sealed with seven seals. .” The right to open the roll is thus made to turn, as we noticed before, not merely on the divine Sonship of our Lord, but upon His victory: He conquered, and so opens the secret purposes of God to His Church. An eloquent Apollos may be better informed by a tentmaker, and a great apostle be comforted by an ordinary Roman, Acts 8:26; Romans 1:12. The Root of David - Not the Root of David in the sense that David sprung from him as a tree does from a root, but in the sense that he himself was a "root-shoot" or sprout from David, and had sprung from him as a shoot or sprout springs up from a decayed and fallen tree. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/revelation-5.html. As Barclay noted, "This means that Jesus Christ, the son of David, was the promised Messiah."[20]. One of the elders means one of the four and twenty who represent the two great systems of religion. Dittenberger’s Sylloge Inscr. 1897. ῥάβδος, in sense of “shoot” occurs with ῥίζα in Isaiah 11:1 (cf. No particular reason is assigned why this message was delivered by one of the elders rather than by an angel. One of - `one from among.' The expression is based upon Genesis 49:9. v. 14. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah - This undoubtedly refers to the Lord Jesus; and the points needful to be explained are, why he is called a Lion, and why be is spoken of as the Lion of the tribe of Judah: (a) As to the first: This appellation is not elsewhere given to the Messiah, but it is not difficult to see its propriety as used in this place. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hkc/revelation-5.html. 3. And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, signifies that from the Lord they are in wisdom from Divine truths and in love from Divine goods, and thus images of His Divine wisdom, and of … This suits well here. 49. Thus Christ, who in conquest is seen to be the power of God, in revealing the true philosophy of history is seen to be the wisdom of God. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". See Palestinian Targum on Numbers 2:2 : “They who encamp eastward shall be of the standard of the camp of Judah, spreading over four miles. In 4 Esdr. passage:—Jesus irresistible and courageous, yet in origin humble. 5. Revelation 5:1-13 New International Version (NIV) The Scroll and the Lamb. Christ’s victory (won upon earth, which is an argument that the whole of the context is Christian) has this consequence that He can “open.” The well supported variant ὁ ἀνοίγων is grammatically easier and less effective—both presumptions in favour of the text. And one of the elders said unto me. Christ was the root of David as to his Divine nature; he was a branch out of the stem of Jesse as to his human nature. Having this knowledge, they were prepared to comfort him with the hope that what was so mysterious would be made known. (6) That is, most mighty and most approved Prince: according to the use of the Hebrew speech. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. ( Isaiah 53:7). The usual rendering loses sight of the victory of Christ, and of the uniform sense in which the verb νικᾷν is constantly used in this book. Gerhard thought Jacob meant, and that he was one of those who rose with Christ and ascended to heaven (Matthew 27:52-53): cf. This conversation represents the leaders of the two organized systems of religion as understanding that the great plans in which they were only agents in the service of God, were made good through the merits of this Lion. ς , one ) Without doubt one of those who rose with Christ, and ascended into heaven: Matthew 27:52 . Thirdly, the events of this revelation in the rest of the chapter. As God"s ultimate Anointed One, Jesus alone possessed the authority necessary for this task. Revelation 5:5. ὁ λέων ὁ ἐκ τῆς φυλῆς ἰούδα, κ. τ. λ. and others, incorrectly, because against the decisive fundamental passage: “Christ, according to his divine nature, is represented as the foundation and source of David himself.”(1888) The Christian fundamental view is presented, which not only in the same words, but also in the same tense ( ἐνίκησα, aor. One of the24elders comforted John with the news that Jesus Christ would open the scroll (cf. The elders in heaven round God‘s throne know better than John, still in the flesh, the far-reaching power of Christ. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". and we shall reign on the earth; meaning not merely in a spiritual sense, through grace reigning over sin and corruption, through Satan being bruised under their feet, and through the victory they have in Christ over the world, but in the millennium state, in the thousand years' reign with Christ in the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness; see Revelation … REVELATION 5:5 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page. Revelation 3:21). Revelation 5:5 Maori Na ka mea mai tetahi o nga kaumatua ki ahau, Kaua e tangi, na, kua riro te wikitoria i te Raiona o te hapu o Hura, i te Putake o Rawiri, mana e whakatuwhera te pukapuka, e wawahi ona hiri e whitu. Study the bible online using commentary on Revelation 5:5 and more! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. Revelation 5:5 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/revelation-5.html. Secondly, the revelation of the Son himself, to Re 5:6,7. 2014. tribe. 1851. Same as "kindred", Revelation 5:9. prevailed. He ‘overcame.’ He is the Archetype and Forerunner of all them that ‘overcome.’ He conquered sin, death, the devil—all the foes of God and man. Chapter 5 begins by describing a scroll in the right hand of God. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/revelation-5.html. Behold, d the Lion of the tribe of e Judah, f the Root of David, has g prevailed to open the scroll h and 2 to loose its seven seals.” Revelation 5:10. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". "They have Moses and the prophets," saith Abraham, Luke 16:29; "To the law and to the testimony," Isaiah 8:20. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-5.html. No sooner has the Seer been told this than the words are fulfilled in vision. ).” The divinely human person is designated by terms derived, indeed, from his humanity; but, because of the personal union and the inseparable participation of both natures in every act, comprehending our Lord also in his divinity.”. And as he, upon his resurrection from the dead, had all power in heaven and in earth given him, as Mediator, for the protection of his church, so he was deserving; and it was fit and necessary that he, as the great prophet of the church, should have and deliver out the prophecies concerning the state and condition of his redeemed ones in all ages. And one of the elders saith, &c.— This might well be translated, And the first of the elders; the first speaking in the name of all the rest. ]Hence, by the overcoming here can only be meant the overcoming of the difficulties which stood against the opening of the book. .—Better, And one from among the elders saith unto me, Weep not; behold, the Lion, which is of the tribe of Judah, the Boot of David, conquered (so as) to open the roll, and the seven seals thereof. ch. The object which you so much desire can be obtained. 10; Ezekiel 19:11-12; Ezekiel 19:14); hence the combination with the idea of “sceptre” ( ἐνίκησεν, cf. Revelation 5:5 . But the conquering cannot be understood here directly of Christ's victory over sin, the devil, and the world. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". BibliographySchaff, Philip. The setting for the release of the four horsemen begins in Revelation 4, which describes God's throne room in heaven with all its splendor and attendant beings. Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 5:10 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - BM Home - Full Page. & xi. His tears are based upon incomplete knowledge. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. For by this alone was Christ worthy to open the book. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. The opening of the book requires someone very special. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! He was able to console John and bid him refrain from weeping, because there was one available who would be able to open the book. “The Lion of the tribe of Judah” is Christ,(1886) because in his bodily descent from Judah, as the true Messiah promised of old, he had victoriously fought. Read Revelation 5:5 commentary using A Testimony of Jesus Christ. (1880) Others, as N. de Lyra, Calov., Boss., Ebrard, Klief.,(1881) have, on the other hand, referred the ἐνίκησεν to the triumphantly completed work of redemption,(1882) so that then the infinitive statement, ἀνοὶξαι, κ. τ. λ., appears not in an objective relation to ἐνίκησεν, but as exegetical,(1883) and the ἐνίκησεν as absolute. 1983-1999. Mark 12:35 with John 8:42); the prophets have described Him as the Branch, which would spring from the ancient stock (Isaiah 11:1; Zechariah 6:12). The sum is: That while John was troubled for fear he should not know what was in the book, he was told by one of those who attended the throne, that he need not be troubled, for Christ had obtained a liberty from his Father (in whose power only times and seasons for future things were) to reveal these counsels of God as to things to come. Weep not - That is, there is no occasion for tears. Thus N. de Lyra, C. a Lap., Grot., Eichh., Ew., De Wette, Hengstenb., Ebrard, etc., correctly explain, recognizing the slight metonymy; and Calov. xlvi. This is the only place in the New Testament where they occur together, however. Grot.,(1878) Vitr., C. a Lap., Beng., Eichh., Heinr., Ew., etc., regarded(1879) the ἐνίκησεν in immediate combination with the ἀνοῖξαι, κ. τ. λ., so that the latter appears as an object to the conception ἐνίκησεν. In Him the conquering might of David the ‘man of war,’ as well as of Judah ‘chosen to be the ruler’ (1 Chronicles 28:4), comes forth with all the freshness of a new youth. "THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH" depicts Christ in His STRENGTH. Some think it was Jacob, from whose prophecy the name of Lion is given him, Genesis 49:9. We must remember that John is here describing a vision, and that part of it which is but introductive to the material parts of it. He had in his vision seen a book in the right hand of God the Father, sitting upon his throne of glory; he had heard an angel proclaiming: If any were worthy, he should open the book, and loose the seals. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Revelation 5:5". "]But that the idea of overcoming, of a victory, must be retained, may be inferred even from the designation of Christ as" the lion of the tribe of Judah." One of the elders (εις εκ των πρεσβυτερων — heis ek tōn presbuterōn). Revelation 5:5 Biblia Paralela Revelation 5:5 Chinese Bible Revelation 5:5 French Bible Revelation 5:5 German Bible Alphabetical: able and as behold book David Do elders from has He is its Judah Lion me not of one open overcome Root said scroll seals See seven so Stop that the Then to tribe triumphed weep weeping NT Prophecy: Revelation 5:5 … The "Lion ... of Judah" ( Genesis 49:9) and the "Root [offspring] of David" ( Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 11:10; Jeremiah 23:5; Jeremiah 33:15; Matthew 22:42-43; Romans 15:12) are both titles of the divine Messiah who would fulfill the Old Testament promises of salvation and rule. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/revelation-5.html. also chap. The word used here - ἐνίκησεν enikēsen - refers to such a conflict or struggle, properly meaning to come off victor, to overcome, to conquer, to subdue; and the idea here is, that his power to do this, or the reason why he does this, is the result of a conflict in which he was a victor. He is at once "the branch" of David, and "the root" of David, David's Son and David's Lord, the Lamb slain and therefore the Lion of Juda: about to reign over Israel, and thence over the whole earth. "[17] It appears to be an inert factor in the vision. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". Hath prevailed] Gr. For this, it was necessary to tread a long and arduous path, requiring the exercise of gigantic power. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. This might be said with still greater truth by Christ, to whom David himself also there points, in whom he saw the highest perfection of his being and his race; see my Comm. The lion was the most splendid and awesome of beasts, the powerful hunter. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-5.html. The elder in his throned and crowned state is more knowing than the apostle still in the flesh. 1832. all creatures in worth, to do this great work. And one of the elders] A common Christian points the divine to the arch-prophet, whom for the present he thought not on. (g) Targum in Hos. The elders, in their triumphant place round God’s throne, know better than the Evangelist, yet clothed with the infirmities of this earthly state, the nature and extent of the victory and glory of Christ. The same agony by which the Lamb overcame the moral impossibility of saving the lost sinner, conquers the natural impossibility of revealing the last days to the saved Church. Revelation 5:5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! & xiii. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/revelation-5.html. And one of the elders said unto me, “Weep not! Isa. Many passages of the Old Testament at the same time remind us that the lion is the emblem not of courage only, but of fierce and destroying power (Job 10:16; Psalms 7:2, etc.). v. 14. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. 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