A mighty angel brings it down from heaven – it is only a little book but it sure has had a big impact! So it is not surprising that it should be introduced with such a fanfare. We also know that of all books this one has the right to be considered as coming from heaven (2 Tim. 3:16).
Robed in a cloud – the book can be surrounded with mystery at times
With a rainbow above his head – the rainbow is the sign of the covenant made with all mankind after the flood (Genesis 9:8-16). We don’t have too many physical things that speak as loudly as the bible does about the fact that God is with us. However whenever I see a rainbow I rejoice in this other clear sign that God cares about us.
His legs were like fiery pillars – so we can stand firm in the midst of trial once we have this book, this little book.
He was holding a little scroll (book) which lay open in his hand – this book reveals so much, and it is open to all, not the preserve of a few.
He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land – in this case we could consider the sea as being things of the spirit and the land as things of the earth with the book connecting the two in a way nothing else does (see this blog on the sea).
He gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion – this book proclaims God’s word just as loudly and with just as much authority.
When he shouted the voices of the seven thunders spoke – ok I haven’t a clue what this is about 🙂
I’m also not sure what mystery of God the angel is talking about in verses 5 -7.
In verses 8 – 11, John is told by the Spirit to go and take the book from the angel, who then tells him to eat it. There is no doubt in my mind that if anyone comes to God he will be quite clearly shown by the Spirit that he ought to devour the bible, feast on it, take it all in. It will taste like honey when you do.
But it will make your stomach bitter, you will not be able to hold it in, it must come out.
You must prophesy if you eat this book. You will have no choice but to.
(Note: there are other interpretations of what the little book is (e.g. the book of life) but I think this fits best)