Eating the Little Scroll
Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 25-28; Revelation 10
Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 10:1-11
In today’s key passage, the prophecy of God’s final judgment continues through the apostle John. A mighty angel comes down from Heaven carrying a little scroll. (Vss. 1-2) While we are not told exactly what the scroll contained because John was told not to provide details (Vs. 4), we do know that it had to do with God’s judgment on unbelievers. (Vss. 6-7) John was told to take the scroll from the angel (Vs. 8), and when he did, the angel told John to eat it. (Vs. 9) When he did, just as the angel predicted, the scroll tasted as sweet as honey in John’s mouth, but quickly soured his stomach. (Vs. 10)
When we first read passages like these in the book of Revelation, we might feel a little confused. We may not immediately understand what the passage means to us today or how we can apply it to our lives. Fortunately, the more we study God’s Word and prayerfully consider His passages, God tends to provide us with understanding and show us an application. When we read about God’s final judgments against this world, as followers of Christ the words are as sweet as honey. We long for Christ’s victorious return and we long for the new earth. Unfortunately, there is another side to that coin. While we rejoice in what the end times will mean for us as believers, our stomachs quickly sour as we think about the fate of unbelievers. There are so many people in this world that will be lost, and that simple fact hurts our hearts and makes us feel ill. This sickening feeling is what drives us to continue to spread the Gospel each day, and to keep trying to reach the lost. As God changes our hearts, we begin to grieve for the things that grieve Him, and nothing grieves Him more than the thought of a lost soul.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on September 5, 2013, in 27 - Revelation and tagged Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Judgment, Love, Religion, Salvation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.