“His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters…
“His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace,
Jesus’ feet were like bronze purified in a furnace, which represents strong and steadfast judgment. Brass was the metal of judgment in the Old Testament. That is why we have the brazen altar. The brazen altar represents Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus will eventually stamp out with His foot of judgment, all that is contrary to His will.
and His voice as the sound of many waters
I wonder what Jesus’ voice sounds like. We know something of what His voice sounds like in judgment. Jesus will make His judgment heard with a roaring voice like a waterfall. He is not timid, as many like to portray Him.
Jesus’ strength disturbs people who like to view Him as a weak person.
The world does not like a strong Jesus. People do not like a person who exposes their dirty lives. The life of Jesus shows us up for what we are. “Why don’t you go back to Heaven, Jesus? Your life bothers me. It unnerves me. You show me up for what I am.”
John could not speak of Jesus in normal vocabulary; he had to use the language of comparison. The pastor of my home church, David D. Allen, speaks of Jesus this way: Jesus is “The sovereign, majestic, incomparable Jesus. If you delete the Lord Jesus from the Bible, you have a book without a subject, a play without a plot, music without harmony, an automobile without a motor, a ship without a rudder, and a home without a mother. Jesus Christ is the jugular vein of the Bible. He is the backbone of the Bible. He is the center and circumference of Scripture.”