Summary: John see the title deed to creation and weeps because no one was found to open the seals to the scroll. But then the Lamb, the Lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed to loose the seals of the scroll. Jesus Christ has paid the redemption price.
A. Turn to Revelation 5:1
Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.
1. First we have to remember that the scene is the same as the one in Revelation 4
a. John is in the Spirit, in heaven
b. He saw God Almighty upon His throne
(1) The supreme majesty of the universe
(2) Surrounded by the 24 representative elders
c. Then, in this first verse of chapter 5
(1) John sees a scroll in the right hand of God
(2) We must remember that the right hand is the hand of power and the hand of honor
d. The King of creation, God the Father, Jehovah is sitting holding out this scroll which is sealed with seven seals
2. We must now pause and ask ourselves, what is this scroll?
a. The scroll is written on both sides
(1) The inside
(2) And outside
b. We can find part of our answer to the significance of the scroll in Jeremiah 32
(1) Starting with the 7th verse
Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, 'Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.' (8) "Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, 'Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.' "I knew that this was the word of the LORD; (9) so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver. (10) I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales. (11) I took the deed of purchase--the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy-- (12) and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard. (13) "In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: (14) 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. (15) For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.' (16) "After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD: (17) "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
(2) When a Jew was unable to pay his debts, the Lord made provisions for relief
(a) The man could sell his land and himself
(b) When the land was sold, two parchments were prepared
i) In these parchments was detailed the terms of the land sale
ii) In the Sabbath year, the man was to be released from his servitude and the land was returned to him
iii) However, if the man was able to repay his debt before the sabbath year, he was freed and the land returned