God’s Recipe for Sweet and Sour Scrolls


Sweet and Sour ScrollThink about justice; getting what one deserves.

When a criminal gets what he deserves, we feel satisfaction. It’s like a sweetness to our tastebuds, but to the criminal, justice is a very bitter pill.

Revelation 10 records the strange encounter of the Apostle John with a mighty angel. In the angel’s hand is a little book. He raises the book to Heaven and swears that God’s judgments in the book will be poured out upon unbelieving humanity.

Then a voice from Heaven commands John to take the little book from the angel and eat it! He’s warned that the book would make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth (Revelation 10:9).

Nearly 600 years earlier the prophet Jeremiah also had to eat a sweet and sour scroll (Jeremiah 15:16). What does this all mean?

For both Jeremiah and John, the words they received from God record His judgment against sin. See, our sin stands in violent opposition and contrast to God’s character. When we sin, we must eat of the unrighteous fruit we’ve planted. The consequences of our sin is death, both spiritually and physically (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). His judgment is what we deserve because we’ve criminally acted against Him.

At the same time, for Jeremiah and John, there was a sweetness to God’s justice. Why? Because they had both escaped God’s judgment. Their sins had been forgiven and they received His mercy instead of wrath. Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin (Romans 4:7-8).

How do you receive the sweet forgiveness of God? By faith in Jesus, the One who took your sins upon Himself at the cross, tasting death in your place. We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone (Hebrews 2:9).

So my dear reader, Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him (Psalm 34:8).

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