“The 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say: ‘Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.’” (Revelation 4:9–11 HCSB)

John gives us a good description here of verbs of worship as the 24 elders (identity unknown) come before the “One seated on the throne.”

  1. Fall down – An indication of submission and surrender.  The 24 elders are not being worshiped, they are worshiping.  They are not great, God is great.
  2. Cast their crowns – Signifying perhaps that their rule must submit to God’s rule.  The Tyndale Commentary writes: “The throwing down of their crowns expresses the truth that he alone reigns. All other sovereignty must yield to his.”
  3. Say – The elders proceed to a song of worship.  The “One seated on the throne” is worthy to receive worship and is therefore worshiped.

Here is a good pattern for anyone who would follow Christ as Lord and God.

 

 

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