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“Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” Revelation 10:9b

 

According to the MacArthur Study Bible, the little book John is commanded to eat is the scroll containing the final judgments that God will pour out on an unbelieving world. Eating it symbolically represents taking in the Word of God. God tells John that this little book will taste as sweet as honey in his mouth but will turn his stomach bitter. If indeed this book does represent God’s judgments, how fitting that this would be John’s experience as he takes it in. The truth of the Word of God is both sweet and bitter. God’s Word brings life and light, but it also proclaims judgment and destruction. You can’t accept one and reject the other.

A lot of people want to do this. They want to focus on the love of God, the compassion of God, the mercy of God. He is all of those things, and worthy of praise because of them. But He is also holy, just and righteous. He paid the ultimate price so that we can be forgiven and cleansed of our sin, but make no mistake, those who reject Him will face judgment. He cannot and will not let sin and evil go without judgment. I see the evil in this world and I long for God to wipe it out once and for all, but there are those I know and love who aren’t ready for that day. If I could believe that God will deal with evil once and for all but spare those I love who are not following Him, I would. But I must take the bitter with the sweet.

Let us take in the whole Word of God, not just the parts that we like. Let us trust God to know what He’s talking about when His Word makes our stomachs bitter.

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