Sweet & Sour

Kenneth Kuiper

READ : Revelation 10:1-11

What beautiful insights this chapter holds! First, we see God’s power and control. Chapter nine ended with sinful rebellion against God. Sometimes, seeing such rebellion, we can feel God’s cause is losing. It’s not! See God’s mighty angel! Unimpressed with man’s rebellion, he plants one foot on the sea, the other on the land dwarfing both and roars like a lion! Man’s rebellion doesn’t threaten God! “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them” (Ps 2:4).

Second, we’re reminded that not everything about Christ’s return has been revealed to us. The “seven thunders” spoke, but John couldn’t write down what they said. God doesn’t tell us every detail, but enough that we can faithfully, confidently, expectantly await the coming of His Son. That’s sufficient.

Third, God’s revelation is both “sweet” and “sour.” The psalmist wrote: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” God’s Word is “sweet.” It imparts wisdom and shows the path to life. But it is also “sour.” When we “eat” it really digesting it it makes us more sensitive to the evil around us. We see Satan’s grip on people, their self-destructive wickedness, and we weep! And God’s Word includes “woes” warnings and judgments which are not “sweet”! But, when we have truly “eaten” the Word, we cannot help but speak it “sweet” or “sour” just as John discovered.


Thanks, Lord, for Your holy Word. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.