“Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12b from Revelation 5:1-14 )
There are many people in this world who would love to receive power, wealth and wisdom. However, I doubt they are willing to be slaughtered in order to receive these attributes. I had talked some time back about divine wisdom in the post Wisdom from Above for Us Down Below. The writer of the book of James was strongly suggesting that wisdom from heaven bestows special blessing on those who have it. Here then in Revelation we see the source of that heavenly wisdom, and it is not surprise. No surprise that the Lamb of God is the original holder of that wisdom, and that that wisdom came at a tremendous cost – one that humanity is neither willing or able to pay . . . mostly speaking. There are, maybe, a few extraordinary people who may have received such wisdom . . . maybe. I hesitate because it is a judgment that they would not make for themselves, and one that only history and time can confirm. And even then, the wisdom is usually diluted with human foibles and missteps. So true power (not the anything I say goes type), wealth (not the zillion dollars in the bank type), wisdom (not the multiple PhDs or Mensa type) is received only by Christ and even in that comes from the Lord Creator.
It is such wisdom that tells us enemies can be turned to friends. That turning the other cheek is better than any revenge or retaliation. That going the extra mile will be easier than the first mile. And other wisdom that may be strange at the time, but over time and history is the best type of decision and action to do.
The “might and honor and glory and blessing” is also something that we are not likely to see or receive on this earth. But in heaven? Only if we can grasp and understand the reason why Christ’s wisdom is the better way. Choices, gentle reader, choices. Made according to the type of earthly wisdom we use.
May you gentle reader seek the type of wisdom that brings rewards in the life to come. Selah! And shalom for your day.