Daily Bible Reading (Wednesday, December 13th)


Revelation 10 (ESV)


The Angel and the Little Scroll

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” 10 And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. 11 And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”


As pastor Blakey has explained, we have a message to proclaim. And that is the gospel. Praying for those divine appointments to proclaim the truth of The Lord’s divine spoken Word so that souls may be won. “Except divine grace shall bring them out of there enmity to God, they must eternally perish; and they must be reminded of the sovereignty of God, that He is not obliged to bring them out of this state, that he would be right and just if he left them in such a condition, that they have no merit to plead before Him, and no claims upon him, but that if they are to be saved, it must be by grace, and by grace alone.”—Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Thank you pastor for your faithfulness in proclaiming the message, and teaching us to do the same.

I went to my bible footnotes on this one. The note regarding eating the little scroll and it was sweet as honey but bitter in the stomach, said that The Word Of God provides communion with God and his goodness; hence sweetness accompanies even the message of woe.

Like John we have a message to proclaim. It is sweet because it tells us of a perfect Savior, and it is bitter because it warns of judgment for those who reject the Savior. These are powerful words, words like thunder and we must proclaim them. May the Lord give me many opportunities to proclaim this message in the coming weeks and may souls be saved in response.

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