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I went to the angel and asked him to give me the 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." 10 I
took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It tasted as
sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach
turned sour. 11 Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings."
is the righteous and the Mighty Lord of all the heavens and earth. He
shines forth in perfect beauty and summons all the earth and all
people of all times to stand before him—both those who have made a
covenant with him, and those who have ignored and rejected him.
is a bitter thing to consider and take in, but the sweetness of a
just and redeemed world is not possible without it. Thankfully, the
Mighty Judge is also Mighty Savior, and has made a way—the Lamb of
God—for everyone to find redemption and salvation.
Response and Action:
must acknowledge my own sin and recognize my need for salvation. I
will live in covenant with God by taking hold of the salvation he offers
through Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who has laid down his life in
order to bring me safely through the fire of God's refining judgment.
judgment is bitter to me, redemption and the hope of a purified and
righteous world is sweet to me. I will celebrate and share God's love
and power to save. I will shout out the promise of salvation and the
hope of a restored and renewed world made possible through Christ Jesus.
God, shine forth in perfect beauty and righteousness. Make your
salvation known to all peoples, nations, languages, and kings, that
they might escape your righteous judgment by your gracious redemption.
May the sweetness of your desire to save overpower the bitterness of
judgment that comes only to those who refuse your grace. Amen.
Verses: Psalm 30:4-5
4 Sing to the LORD, you saints of his; praise his holy name. 5
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
by N. T. Wright