John Eating the Little Scroll

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11. John Eating the Little Scroll  Revelation 10:1-2,8-10

John Eating the Little Scroll

Revelation chapter 10 verses 1-2 and 8-10

John sees a mighty angel descending from heaven whilst holding a little scroll. A voice from heaven commands John to take the scroll, for which John then asks the angel. The angel then tells John to eat it, saying that it will turn his stomach bitter, though it will taste as sweet as honey in his mouth. And this indeed proves to be the case.

The little scroll that descends from heaven contains the two brief but great commandments - to love the Lord our God, and love one’s neighbour as oneself. How beautiful and 'sweet' these ideals sound to our minds, but if we were to begin to 'digest' them by living them out in daily life – with all the changes that will entail – how then would they taste?





"Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven … holding a little scroll. … He said to me, 'Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.'"

(chapter 10 verses 1, 2 and 9)