like a sea of glass

At once I was in a Spirit-inspired trance and I saw a throne in heaven, and someone was seated on the throne. The one seated there looked like jasper and carnelian, and surrounding the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald. Twenty-four thrones, with twenty-four elders seated upon them, surrounded the throne. The elders were dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came lightning, voices, and thunder. In front of the throne were seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God. Something like a glass sea, like crystal, was in front of the throne. (Revelation 4:2-6a CEB)

Consider the wonder of this dazzling passage regarding the grandeur and majesty of God! His purity is his power and his power is pure. Nothing or no one can even come close to rivaling our God. The human mind and human words completely fail to even remotely, much less adequately, describe God’s being, brilliance, and beauty.

Now with all of that still in your head and as you continue to turn these words over in your mind, notice especially the last sentence.

“Something like a glass sea, like crystal, was in front of the throne.”

Know this: that sentence functions precisely the opposite of how you and I might expect it to work. We think, “Oh my, I love the sea, and here is a crystal sea; isn’t that beautiful?” Oh no, no, not at all.

Now without completely spoiling it for you, let me just plant a seed of thought with you here that I’ll return to in a few days as we draw our reading and reflection on Revelation to a close. And here’s the thought …

Pay very close attention as we read through Revelation this week to everything mentioned there in regard to this sea. Let me say that again: pay attention to everything that goes on with the sea.

For our purposes today, justĀ remember what it looks like and where it’s located:

“Something like a glass sea, like crystal, was in front of the throne.”

Let’s pray.

Father God in heaven, may nothing ever distract me or deter me from my quest to be with you. Bring to my mind often the fact that absolutely nothing escapes your awareness and knowledge, your presence and your power. This I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.