SCRIPTURE: Revelation 10
Remember, John is still ‘hovering’ in his spirit, observing these grand visions unfolding before him. In this vision he becomes a part of the action. This huge angel reveals mysterious new information (the message of the seven thunders) that will not be unveiled until the last days (we still do not know what it is). Until that time, John (who represents all believers still on earth before the final days) is told to ‘eat’ (take hold of, then share with others) the message of Jesus, as symbolized by the little scroll. We are reminded of two prophets, Jeremiah who spoke of eating up God’s word [Jeremiah 15:16] , and Ezekiel who was also told to eat the scroll of God’s message, and it was sweet to the taste [Ezekiel 3:1-3]. The reason God’s message turns sour in the stomach is because the people we speak to do not always accept it, and often results in rejection and persecution.
John represents us, we are represented by John. We need to devour God’s message about Jesus, make it a part of us, be nourished and grow by it. This is our job now, not trying to figure out the mysteries of the last days (these have been hidden for now).
This passage is a call for me to be a witness for the message of Jesus, to experience it personally and to share it publicly. The message itself is sweet, but the reception will often be sour. People do not want to be convicted. As St. Augustine said, “People love truth when it enlightens, they hate it when it reproves.” Yes, this message does reprove, like a doctor reproving a patient with heart disease for careless diet and exercise. We need to be reproved, because our behaviours are killing us!
We are NOT to judge or reject people, but to show them the better way by living it ourselves (am I?), and to tell them about the better way. How they respond is between them and the Lord, but we are responsible to eat and to share the message!
Lord, help me to personally experience You and Your life-changing message, that I may show and share this impact with others, that they too may experience You and Your life-changing message.