5 Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field. They cannot talk. They must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot hurt you. And they do not have any power to help you.” 6 I said, “There is no one like you, Lord. You are great, and you are renowned for your power. 7 Everyone should revere you, O King of all nations, because you deserve to be revered. For there is no one like you among any of the wise people of the nations nor among any of their kings. 8 The people of those nations are both stupid and foolish. Instruction from a wooden idol is worthless! 9 Hammered-out silver is brought from Tarshish and gold is brought from Ufaz to cover those idols. They are the handiwork of carpenters and goldsmiths. They are clothed in blue and purple clothes. They are all made by skillful workers.
2 Then I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing by the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 3 They sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and astounding are your deeds, Lord God, the All-Powerful! Just and true are your ways, King over the nations! 4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name, because you alone are holy? All nations will come and worship before you for your righteous acts have been revealed.” 5 After these things I looked, and the temple (the tent of the testimony) was opened in heaven, 6 and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, dressed in clean bright linen, wearing wide golden belts around their chests.
Notes and References
"... One of several crescendos in the book of Revelation is a song of victory, which is described as resounding with the themes of “the song of Moses” (Revelation 15:3), presumably as found in Exodus 15. The song in its original context highlights the name of God as warrior, “The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is His name” (Exodus 15:3), provoking awe and fear from the nations: “The peoples have heard, they tremble” (Exodus 15:14-16). The overwhelming majesty stimulates the question, “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?” (Exodus 15:11). Apart from thematic allusions, the book of Exodus is not the source of the specific quotations in the song of Revelation 15:3-5. It is instead composed of lines taken from Jeremiah and Psalms. From Jeremiah 10:7 comes the phrase, “Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?” From Psalm 98:2 the author adds the line, “He has revealed His righteousness.” Most of the composition comes from Psalm 86: “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God” (Psalm 86:9-10) ..."
Hawthorne, Steven C. Let all the Peoples Praise Him: Toward a Teleological Paradigm of the Missio Dei (p. 152) Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies, 2013
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