Revelation 10: God’s Word Bitter and Sweet

Reposted from Rev. Ross:


(11 verses, 2:00 to read)

What I am about to READ

John sees an angel with the little scroll, its mysteries yet to be revealed.


The angel that appears to John could be the Christ, as he is described in images which bring to mind the presence of God in the old testament by cloud and by fire.  The angel announces that the prophecies of God’s messengers are yet to be totally fulfilled, alluding possibly to the last day and Christ’s coming.  The contents of the scroll that the angel bears are never revealed.  The sounds of thunder and the swearing before the Father indicate the gravity of the scroll’s contents.

John is told to eat the scroll which in his mouth is sweet and in his stomach bitter.  God’s word is both bitter and sweet as it points out our sin and our need for repentance (law) and also sweet in its testimony to the forgiveness of sins in Jesus (gospel).  John ingests these two messages that come in God’s word that he would prophecy and preach to the world.  John is commissioned here in this episode to not only bear witness to and write down what he sees, but to preach and prophecy himself.


Lord, you send prophets, apostles, evangelists, and pastors into the world to proclaim your bitter and sweet words of law and gospel.  Give to us faithful shepherds who would preach your word faithfully that we would be convicted and comforted by your word.  Amen.


Pr. Ross


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