Eat this scroll!

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Revelation 10:1-11; Psalm 138:1-8

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Revelation 10:9 “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.”

REFLECT
What does it mean when John was commanded by the angel to eat the scroll and that it will make “your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey”? This scenario reminded of a similar one in Ezekiel 3 where the prophet was also commanded to eat a scroll and then “speak to the house of Israel”. Hence, eating of scrolls seems to be a symbolic act for the prophets to “eat” the Word of God and then proclaim it to the people. “Eating” here does not just mean the reading of God’s Word, but rather a full “digestion” of what God has said – which can mean deep understanding, conviction and obedience.

RELATE
Given what Ezekiel and John had to say to the people, it was only right that they truly understand and be convicted of what was going to be proclaimed. What they have been told to say were difficult messages; yet they chose to obey because the faithful prophets understood the sins of their people and were convicted of the need for repentance. Such a process of proclaiming God’s Word can also be applied to all of us. Whether we preach, teach or share the Gospel, we need to “eat” what we are suppose to preach, teach and share. We need to be diligent to understand and be convicted of what God’s Word is saying to us even as we seek to proclaim to others. So even if a particular message is going to be “bitter to the stomach”; let it be so and let us just obey. Otherwise, it will just be all “talk” and no “walk”.

REST
Lord, help us to put in the effort to understand and meditate upon Your Holy Word even before we proclaim it unto others. This is so we do not misrepresent what Your Word says and lead others to the wrong path. Amen.

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Day 148

by Rev Joel Yong

Esther 9:1
Now in the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s command and edict were about to be carried out, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the reverse occurred: the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them.

On the day the Jews were due to be exterminated- they destroyed their enemies instead.

How did such a thing happen?
They recognized that this was not possible via human action alone but God had intervened to save them!

Their response was to celebrate annually, in remembrance of what God had done for them.

Esther 9:20-22
And Mordecai recorded these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, obliging them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

The purpose of such a festival goes beyond archival or historical purposes- rather it reminds the new generations that God is willing and able to save them so that when difficulties happen, the new generation will be reminded to look to Him for help. In like manner, even those who witnessed the deliverance of the Jews from Haman’s genocidal plans- will also be reminded lest they forget.

How has God intervened in your life?
What do you do to remind yourself of this on a regular basis?