Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” Revelation 10:8-11
As you might imagine, this journey is getting harder as we dwell into these visions of John. There is much to be understood but it seems like it will be clearly understood only when these things take place but until then, we are to use these revelations from God as a warning for what is to come and what we can hope for as His children born of His spirit.
Two things stood out in today’s passage that I enjoyed meditating on. One was the instruction to John to eat the scroll and the other was the direction he was given. What is the significance of this scroll, how could one eat it and what prophecy was John expected to do?
The Greek word for the scroll here is ‘biblaridion’ which means a little book. Therefore the scroll referred to in this passage is really a little open book and your guess is as good as mine that this little open book held by a majestic angel from heaven is the Bible, God’s living word. How could the angel of God be holding the Bible when it was not published in its entirety at that point one might ask?
The reality is that the Bible is not just a bunch of tales put together to be followed by people for centuries but is really God’s own words narrated by His chosen few through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Before the world existed, God did and Jesus was the word of God and the light before the sun, moon and stars were created.
How could John eat this little book? The instruction given to John was to devour the book as explained in the Greek word ‘katesthió’. A similar word is used in John 2:17 when the disciples realize Jesus’ zeal (Read also Psalm 69:9) to clean out the temple that was being defaced by people using it to make money in God’s name. That zeal or passion was devouring Jesus.
We like John are called to devour God’s word by meditating on it day and night and using it as our life guide. It is sweet as honey for the salvation it offers us sinners and it turns our stomachs sour because it convicts us and corrects us. God who loves us so much that He gave His own Son as a sacrifice for our salvation is a father to us. He corrects us in love and instructs us in His ways that we might become like His son Jesus and glorify His name.
Finally we are instructed to share God’s word with the world around us as everybody is welcome to receive Him as their Lord and Savior. We are not to hide this amazing love but to share it because if God could save a wretched sinner like us, He sure can save the world!
In His Loving Service,
Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.