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The Mighty Angel From Heaven Essay

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sin and is able to continue to model after God. John is one of the reasons I continue to be bold and stand firm in my faith. If God is so willing to test his faith, then this is a person I’d like to resemble. The mirror image of my life is what defines my legacy and the person I am today. The question is who am I and who will I become?
Many scholars believe eating the book that is mentioned in Ezekiel 3:1 is symbolic of receiving knowledge. While eating a book may not seem very delicious, it’s a test for John to understand the word of God. It’s more than receiving knowledge though; the greater meaning behind this test is for John to apply the prophetic message to his life. It’s not just ...view middle of the document...

Without a moment’s hesitation Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the blazing furnace. Not soon after, the people noticed four people in the furnace and overwhelmed Nebuchadnezzar to the point he cried out telling them to come out of the furnace. As everyone started gathering around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they could tell none have them had even been touched by a flame. With that, Nebuchadnezzar praises the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and declares that no other God shall ever be worshipped. This story focuses on the devotion of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; even though they knew their lives were at stake. They stood fast in the obedience and commandments of The Heavenly Father and were saved because of it. Even when there seems to be no hope, God always prevails and proves His love for His people.
When the angel tells John the scroll will taste sweet as honey, but leaves his stomach bitter, I interpreted it as confusing poetry that didn’t make sense. As I pondered this verse, I started grasping the significance of those words from the angel. I compare this scripture to drugs, medically prescribed drugs, of course, but drugs nonetheless. Hydrocodone and acetaminophens are heavy pain medications used for injuries after surgeries like wisdom teeth or organ transplants. The pills control the pain from injuries, which can be very helpful for everyday tasks. However, there are side affects to theses drugs. It can cause the mind to function at a very slow rate, memory loss, and mood changes. Like the scroll, Hydrocodone has positive purpose, but can leave an uncomfortable side affect. The idea is that not everything is going to be good in this world and sin still runs through our veins. While God provides us with guidance, it is ultimately our choice to maintain a healthy and growing relationship with our Heavenly Father. Weinrich gives has a much more scholarly approach to the taste of the little scroll (Weinrich, 152). He describes the fruit as becoming bitter to preachers saying that the fruit of preaching can be very sweet to the speaker and those listening, but the fruit can also become a source of suffrage to preachers and those who listen. Weinrich also believes that eating the fruit is a lesson taught to apostles that they may experience the bitterness of sin (Weinrich, 152). God has taught this lesson to many disciples through visions, but here we notice God physically commands John to taste the bitterness of sin. Through this, John learns that sin is sweet upon doing, but the consequences are bitter (Weinrich, 152).
Eating the can be interpreted as acknowledging the word of God. The sweetness John describes is the fulfillment of the kingdoms promises. Keith Krell suggests the scroll is sweet and sour. God’s word is bittersweet and can often be hard to digest. Often, His word can gives us heartburn and yet other times it is very sweet (Krell, 1). Today we all have suffering and the Word of God can bring...

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