“The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and guide them to springs of waters of life” (Revelation 7:17).
The Shepherding and Guiding Lamb
The Lamb is our Shepherd (7:17). As the Shepherd, He is our Guide (7:17). He is all we need! The emphasis in His guiding is not what to do in details of our daily life; rather the emphasis is to guide us “to springs of waters of life.” When we have the rich supply of this living water, Christ lives out through us in our daily living and all the details are taken care of. Lord, guide us through our days “to springs of waters of life.”
The Searching Lamb
The Lamb has seven eyes (5:6). The eyes are for searching, looking into every situation. We should pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there is some harmful way in me” (Psalm 139:23-24). Such a prayer is according to Paul’s practice in 1 Corinthians 4:3-4, “I do not examine myself…but He who examines me is the Lord.” We can be bold to ask for His searching because when He exposes any harmful way in us, He is also the one who forgives and cleanses.
The Spirit-Sending Lamb
The seven eyes of the Lamb “are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (5:6). Wherever we are, we can pray “Search me, O Seven Spirits.” That the seven Spirits are part of the Godhead is clearly seen in Revelation 1:4-5 (see also this note). The seven Spirits being the seven eyes of the Lamb indicate that Christ and the Spirit are not separate; this displays the essential oneness of the Triune God.
The Apostle-Sending Lamb
Besides sending the seven Spirits, the Lamb has also sent apostles. The names of the apostles are on the foundations of New Jerusalem (21:14). The apostles are sent to proclaim the gospel and to build up the believers as the church. Our eyes should not be only on the great apostles such as Peter and Paul; we should pray, Lord, send me to my family or my neighbors.
The Administrating Lamb
The Lamb is the only one worthy to open the scroll of God’s eternal plan (5:1-9). When He opens it, the events concerning the church, Israel, and the world are set in motion (ch. 6–8). He is the Administrator because He is the Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36). All authority both in heaven and on earth has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18).