“So 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.’ 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.”
- Revelation 10:9-10
There are several times throughout Scripture where the Word of God is compared to food items. The Bible teaches us in 1 Peter that the Word of God is like milk for those that are brand new in faith. The Bible also references in Matthew 4:4, “you shall not live on bread alone.” We also understand that the Word of God is like meat.

We see this again in Revelation 10:9-10. The angel said of taking the scroll, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” What does this mean? What are these food terms referring to? What we can learn from this passage is that when you read the Word of God, it tastes sweet like honey. It is good for you. So why would it turn your stomach sour?

Because when you compare it to the way we are living, it does not match up. It confronts things in our life that we are not comfortable confronting. This is why people say the church is filled with hypocrites. We love Jesus. We love going to church and singing the worship songs. And when things are great, we even give God the glory!

But what about when it comes time to look in the mirror and come face to face with the things the Bible speaks against? Adultery, robbery, envy, lust, lying, drug and alcohol abuse. What about all of that? The Word of God is sweet, but be careful, because when you do a deep dive into Scripture, God will confront the ways in which you are not living right and it might be a little sour.

This is what we need though. As you study His Word, ask God to reveal the things in you that He is not happy with. He will show you, and if you will ask forgiveness, He will show you mercy and grace like you’ve never experienced!

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