The voice said to me, [Ezekiel,] “Son of man, eat what I am giving you—eat this scroll! Then go and give its message to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. “Fill your stomach with this,” he said. And when I ate it, it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. – Ezekiel 3:1-3
What is a scroll?
In a literal sense, a scroll contains writings on a rolled piece of papyrus, leather, or parchment. In a deeper sense, a biblical sense, “a scroll” is the Word of God.
In a literal sense, God may have told Ezekiel to eat a scroll. (I occasionally ate shards of paper when I was in elementary school.) In a deeper sense, Ezekiel was to swallow, to take in, to digest the Word of God.
I know many people who regularly “take in” the Word of God. Many report seasons, especially when they were new in their faith, when “chewing on” a passage of scripture and trying to understand it, was as refreshing as chewing on a tough piece of leather. But I’ve also had people tell me that as the Word began to take root in their heart and as understand grew, God’s Word began to taste as sweet as honey.
God was calling Ezekiel to ministry – indeed, to the role of a prophet, which was a rather thankless task (at least in human terms). Ezekiel couldn’t have persisted in this ministry without a conviction that God’s Word was true … and that even when God was warning his people, that God had sweet purposes for his people. God loved his people. Sometimes it was, indeed, with tough love. But all that God was speaking to his people was ultimately sweet.
Have you “fill[ed] your stomach with this”?
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who has
a sweet tooth