10 And [kai] I took [lambano] the little book [bibliaridion] out of [ek] the angel's [aggelos] hand, [cheir] and [kai] ate [katesthio] it [autos] up; [katesthio] and [kai] it was [en] in [en] my [mou] mouth [stoma] sweet [glukus] as [hos] honey: [meli] and [kai] as soon as [hote] I had eaten [phago] it, [autos] my [mou] belly [koilia] was bitter. [pikraino]
I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was in my
mouth sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. NASB
John was told to eat, and he did not hesitate in eating the little book. John
was obedient to the instructions given him.
He did not question. He
did not hesitate. He did not doubt, but trusted the one giving him the
The act of eating,
symbolizes the assimilation of the Word of God, Ps 19:10; Jer
15:16; Ezek 3:1-3.
The result of bitterness
symbolizes the sadness one should have over the judgment of those who are to be
judged, Rom. 9:1-3.
Look around you today and
see just how many people seem to be coasting through life without a clue as to
what it is all about.
People look no further
than their own plans and wishes and activities for life. They presume that what
they think and say and do in life is all that there is to life.
People deceive others to
get ahead. People take advantage of others to get ahead. People pretend and do
nothing in order to slide by in life. People maintain an indifferent attitude
toward God, Christ, and doctrine, seeing no value in them. People look no
further than whatever it is that they are doing in their Christian life
(singing songs, praying, hoping, reciting verses, speaking with what they
believe is holy language), but ignoring Gods mandate to study and learn, and
all the while believing that their efforts (works) are sufficient to satisfy
Gods expectations of them.
And everyone is wrong,
The scriptures speak very
clearly of the path to spiritual maturity and blessing, and that to those who
actually pursue it, is very sweet to the soul.However, when looking around and seeing so many who are ignoring
something that is so simple, brings a sadness because they will lose out on a
tremendous life now, as well as in eternity.
God advises us of the
sweet and sour of life. His words are true. Unfortunately too many will never
understand this principle.