Sunday, July 14, 2024

Revelation 7:9-17

When we speak about race, we often do so using terms the Bible does not use. We think of each other in terms of our differences rather than our similarities. Fundamentally, we are all a part of the same race, the human race. When we realize this, we are free to celebrate our equality, unity, and diversity. There is coming a day when people of all races will be shouting in all languages praises to the Lamb. In that day, we will no longer be separated by arbitrary divisions, but united in the worship our God.

Starting Out:
1. Where did you grow up? How has your experience shaped your own views on race?

Read Revelation 7:9-12:
2. Where is this scene taking place? What type of diversity is represented here? What unity do we see?
3. What seems to be the occupation of this multitude as they stand before the throne?
4. According to David Platt there are 6,500 ethnic groups who are unreached with the gospel, and more than 2,000 without the Bible in their own language. What must change about the way we do church in order to get to this scene in heaven?

Read Revelation 7:13-17:
5. Look at verse 14. What did it cost God to secure these people for Himself? How do we spurn this sacrifice when we create divisions that God does not make?
6. What does the symbolism of robes washed white represent? Read Romans 3:21-26 for help.
7. What qualifies this white-robed crowd to stand before God? What is their new role?
8. What is the future place that God is preparing for those who have washed their robes in the blood of the lamb? What future blessings are promised to them in verses 15-17?

Taking it Home:
9. Examine your own heart and attitudes about race. Is there anything you need to change as a result of our study today?
10. Think about your conversations about race over the last few months. Do you focus on unity or diversity? How does the gospel unite and reconcile your own relationships with people of different races?
11. With 6,500 ethnic groups still unreached with the gospel, what will you change about your life to see that all people of all races have access to the gospel?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
1 Corinthians 3, John 4:1-45, Luke 10:25-37