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Sweet Little Scroll
(Revelation 10.8-9)
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"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.'" (Revelation 10.8-9)✞

Prophet Ezekiel's Scroll

ScrollThe prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 3.1-3 spoke of a similar scroll, "And he said to me, 'Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.' So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, 'Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.' So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth." John of Patmos described a similar experience to Ezekiel when he was commanded to eat the sweet little scroll filled with judgments. This special scroll however contained the final revelation of judgment with comforting prophecies as sweet as honey in his mouth, but it also was full of disturbing rtents to come which would taste sour on his stomach. The Greek word for "little scroll" is "biblaridion" or a "little book." This is an unusual word only occurring in Revelation 10.2,9-10. This small scroll is open for all to read its contents. It reminds us of the "Dead Sea Scrolls" exhibited in "The Shrine of the Book" in Jerusalem. The Dead Sea Scrolls were also called the "Qumran Caves Scrolls" where they were found. They were written as early as the 8th century BC and contain a virtually complete set of Old Testament Books pretty much the same as those we read today.✞

Sweet and Sour

The Great Isaiah ScrollJohn of Patmos was told to take a scroll which would normally have been a roll of papyrus, parchment or animal hide containing writing and eat it! God's Word was sweet to believers because it brought encouragement, but it soured their stomachs because of the coming judgments it also contained. If we knew the future today, it might seem initially sweet but it would also contain bitterness for us. God knows our needs better than we know them ourselves so it is wise not to know the future.✞

John Takes the Scroll

The Prophet Ezekiel IconWe note here how John of Patmos was told not once but twice to "Take the scroll." It was not handed to him, even when he asked the angel to give it to him but he had to take it himself. The inference of this was that God's revelation is never forced on anyone, they must be responsible and take the scroll of life for themselves. Ezekiel was also told to eat the little scroll and to fill his belly with it. In both pictures, the idea is the same. The messenger of God has to take God's message into his or her very being with both negative and positive consequences. Such is the responsibility of all messengers of the Good News!✞

"Sweet Little Scroll"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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