The following paper is a manuscript for a presentation covering Revelation 13:5-9 with the cross reference of Matthew 15:11. The lesson manuscript is written for a small group setting, and in particular the target audience is a group of mixed aged man and woman who have diverse education and background who all gather together for Bible study on Sunday morning. Overall, the following word for word manuscript of the lesson is divided into sections according to the Hook, Book, Look, and Took methodology described by Richards.
Have any of you ever wondered what makes the damned people outside this church such an utter abomination before the Lord? Many of us draw our resources together to make a marvelous building that even Noah would have been impressed with when God destroyed the entire earth under the condemnation of the flood. In fact this massive church building is very comparable to the size of the ark itself, and just as it was in the days of Noah we also only find ourselves with approximately seven in our group.
I for one cannot help but notice that despite the size of Noah’s ark it was packed full of two of every animal from the entire world with little room left in the inn, and the ark had to be so big because it was God’s intention that everyone of them would get saved. Now, what about our church with its vast emptiness and high cost of operation? Do any of us have the hope of being saved, or are we just trying to live the good old life?
Not even the empty tomb was as empty as our church is today, and with declining membership this vast building that all of us worship in may soon become a tomb to monument our great discord that can only be surpassed by the holy inquisition itself. If we continue to fight amongst ourselves, then our only victory will be a huge sign with our church name followed by a huge abandon building that is a memorial to our loss. The question that we need to be asking is, “how did things get this bad, and what can we be doing to change the fate that would otherwise befall us?”
Let us all look to the book for our answers, so let us open our most holy Bibles to Revelation 13:5-9.
“The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (NIV)
Wow! (Pause) Let me just say that again, Wow! (Double Pause) Wow! What this book is saying is that those who are not recorded in the book of life that marks a person’s share in eternity will be suppressed at the end of time when the beast is revealed. Our share in eternity depends upon Christ as the Lamb of God being slain from the creation of the world and for his blood to thus proceed forward from eternity past to be applicable to our time and place through the Lord’s Supper.
Those who enter into Christ through the communion of the Saints, submission to his name, and being crucified with Christ to be risen with the Lord are those who do just the opposite of what the beast does in Revelation 13:5-9. What is more is that since the beast wages war, thus we as a church should show ourselves sanctified by making peace with one another. Let us not be like the people who are condemned to eternal death in the end as the entire world worships the beast, and so let us find the error of our ways and correct the problems that we face while we are still top side of the earth and before the Lord comes in vengeance to judge both the living and the dead.
As can be seen from what we all read, the beast slanders everything that is holy and he seeks to destroy holy people. Matthew 15:11 says the following about the subject, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (NIV) What the Lord Jesus Christ is saying is that a person’s own words can be very defiling of one’s own self. When we all act as the beast and slander one another, then it would be better for us to have instead had accidents in our pants and to have offended each other with the smell.
Now look, many of you are infants in Christ, and most of you know from experience what a loaded babies’ dipper smells like. The next time that any of us feels the need to slander one another, I suggest that we get into the habit of going to the restroom to ask help from our loving heavenly father in order to avoid defilement that is worse than an infant’s bodily accident. The bottom line is that the waste that comes out of our bodies can be far cleaner than what comes out of people who slander one another as can be seen by Mark 7:19, and Christ himself is our eternal high priest forever that is always ready to cleanse us of all unrighteousness according to 1 John 1:9.
The fact is that even David himself recognized the eternal priesthood of Christ to apply blood for the cleaning away of all unrighteousness, and scripture even goes so far as to show David asking God to perform the cleansing ritual performed by the High Priest in order for David to be cleansed of adultery as can be seen in Psalm 51:7. If any good message came from David’s adultery, then it is faith in the blood atonement of Christ as seen in David’s plea when he states, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (NIV) The fact that David asked God to perform the ritual of the priest to clean a person from a skin disease, as originated in Leviticus 14:1-32, shows David’s reliance upon God to act as a priest and to administer the blood of the lamb to his problem that was only as deep as the flesh itself.
Slandering one another is a problem that we would expect from people in the world who are part of the beast system, but it is not an activity that any of us should expect from believers. Even people like David, a great king who foreshows Christ, sometimes will sin by committing great sins such as adultery. Regardless of the sin being slander or adultery, we should follow David’s example to ask for Christ to cleanse us of all defilement in order that we may stand clean before God as a result of the work of Christ’s eternal priesthood.
All of us are either infants of Christ now or we had been at some time in our lives, and none of us should be ashamed of what God has made us and what we are becoming. If any of us loses control of our faculties and defiles ourselves by slandering one another, then we simply need to pray at that point to be cleansed of all unrighteousness. In such a way we submit ourselves to the lordship of Christ, and we rely upon him to take away the dirtiness.
The goal in our development to spiritual maturity is for all of us to learn to take measures such as using scripture or praying before the defilement occurs. We need to pray for all unrighteousness to be taken away from us by Christ, so that the unrighteousness does not cause a sudden outburst of defilement. If anyone feels as though they are about to have a dirty dipper full of slander at the end of this holy study, then let us all get down on our knees and pray together.
Most holy and gracious heavenly father we know that you sent your own Son to be crucified on the cross such that by his blood purchase many would be paid for. We thus submit to your lordship over us, and we ask that you apply your fatherly grace to us by having your son work among us to apply this blood from eternity past such that we would be cleansed of all uncleanness. We thus ask for your Son’s righteousness of the entire fulfilled law to be imputed into us just as your Word is our daily bread. We also understand the high cost of your Son’s eternal sacrifice, and so we devote ourselves daily to be crucified with Christ whenever we incur the damage of the slander of the evil one against us. Amen. God be praised! We will be victorious as God puts the enemies of Christ under his feet!
Richards, Lawrence and Gary Bredfeldt. Creative Bible Teaching: Revised and Expanded. Chicago, Illinois: Moody Publication, 1998
 Lawrence Richards and Gary Bredfeldt Creative Bible Teaching: Revised and Expanded (Chicago, Illinois: Moody Publication, 1998), 152