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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sweet to the Taste (08/23/12)

By Ramona Cook


John was told by the Angel, of Revelation chapter 10, to take the little book and eat it. The Angel further told John that it would be sweet as honey in his mouth but bitter in his stomach.

I don’t assume to interpret what the Angel meant by the information given to John; but I have meditated upon the thought and I have realized that we experience these particular phenomena in the living of our regular lives.

There is much to which we have committed ourselves, having taken it into the very core of our life because we thought of it as a sweet thing, one that would be enjoyable, only to find that the living out of the commitment is very grievous.

Interestingly, this experience may occur for us from either an unrighteous commitment or a righteous commitment.

There are times when we make a promise to a righteous cause, knowing it to be one of great need and therefore necessary; yet the sticking to it and seeing it to the finish requires such work of us that we could wish we’d never begun. It becomes a bitter task, albeit one of ultimate reward and eventual pleasure.

There are times when we may commit our allegiance to a thing of no value in God’s eyes, or even a thing of abomination in His eyes. Certainly it promised us a sweet pleasure and a promising outcome, but after having taken it into our lives we find it to be bitter in that part of us that the Scriptures call “the belly;” the soul, the thoughts, the feelings, the core of our being.

In referring to *Strong’s Concordance, I found that the word “honey” is used in the KJV 56 times. In the First Testament it is always the same word, H1706, and the root word means “gummy.”
In the New Testament the word is always the same word, and is G3192, and translates simply, “honey.”

Honey is a substance sweet to the taste. I have been told by physicians that honey does not harbor bacteria. It is a good food for our bodies. I like honey. I’m glad that the thing which was sweet to John’s taste but bitter in his stomach was a little book and not actually “honey.”

However,the answer seeking mania inherent in my nature can’t let go; “What was the Angel communicating to John?”

Ref: *The Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible: by James Strong, S.T.D., LL. D.: Hendrickson Publishers,
ISBN 0-917006-01-1

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C D Swanson 08/31/12
Good message! I enjoyed your story and your scripture references...strong's concordance one of my favs!

Nicely done. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/31/12
You definitely have some thought-provoking ideas in this essay. It's always good to see what others think and pray and ponder it for ourselves as well. Often the same scripture can mean different things to the same person at different points in their life. I have no doubt that is a sign that the Holy Spirit is at work. I did stumble a bit at the numbers after the word honey and wished you had described the meaning more for those of us who aren't Bible scholars. But you did a nice job asking some good questions and I imagine this story might be a great topic to take to the theological thread on the message boards. Good job.
Laura Manley09/04/12
This was a very thought-provoking entry; one that could be looked back upon to ponder further. Your reference to Strong's Concordance and the numbers you used should perhaps been done so with a little explanation, or just left out. I know what those numbers mean, but others may not and that could be a stumbling block for those who don't. That said, I still think you did a very good job of making this reader do some thinking about what you had to say. Nice writing!
Wilma Schlegel09/06/12
Great practical applications of this little piece from Revelation.