Re:Verse reading–Revelation 7 (day three)
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne.” Man’s exclusivity is unremarkable: Who among us hasn’t quietly delighted in someone’s outsider status? God’s inclusivity is the newsworthy item here: “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” But the wideness in God’s mercy is not unaffected by our door-closing habits. So he takes to task those of us who set up barriers that invite men to become “twice as much of a son of hell” as we would be. Are you, then, a road-blocker or a path-clearer? How many in that innumerable multitude will stand there despite your efforts?