This post on scrolls will highlight several important ones that are found in Scripture and one that may have been given to several people. (My imagination may have taken over.) The number of Bible verses that have the word scroll in it depends on which translation of Scripture you read. The numbers can go from in the fifty’s to well over one hundred-I offer no explanation. See the article below for information about the Torah, it is an interesting article.
Since scrolls were the books of the day it is no surprise that things people wanted to remember were written on them. Here are a few examples-
- Malachi 3:16 (add this one to your favorite 3:16 verses) God had this one written in Heaven. He purposed to remember the people that talked right about Him.
- Isaiah 30:7-9 This scroll is to be an everlasting witness against people who refuse to listen to God’s instructions.
- Exodus 17:14 The scroll is for Joshua, so he remembers to blot out the Amalekites.
Kings in Israel were to write a copy of the Law. It is not recorded that any of them did.
- Deuteronomy 17:18 is the original command before Israel ever thought of crowning a king.
- 1 Samuel 10:25 has an unhappy prophet writing down what the king’s duties were and he puts it before the Lord.
A strange use for a scroll is in Numbers 5:23. Curses would be written on it because a husband thought his wife had been unfaithful. The writing would then be washed into a cup and the woman had to drink it. Her innocence was determined by what happened to her.
Isaiah 8, 29, 30, and 34 uses scrolls for various reasons that are object lessons. They speak against Israel of that day.
Zachariah 5 has a flying scroll. The prophet is having a vision that condemns thieves and those who swear falsely. Besides flying and being very large this scroll is written on both sides. I am not sure if this was a common practice, but a Torah is only written on one side. What was written on both sides was the tablets of the Law (according to tradition). Zachariah was part of the team that got the Second Temple built.
Jesus in Revelation 5. This is the scroll that seems to be in several places in the Bible. In Revelation, only Jesus can undo the seals that are sealing this scroll. (This is where my imagination kicks in.) I can see this same scroll with Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. To be fair John may have a part in this one but he gets his in Revelations 10.a
John, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel have a similar experience with scrolls/God’s word. All of them eat or taste them, they start out sweet and then turn bitter. Jeremiah (15) and Ezekiel (2:9-3:3) are not to surrender to the people and their attempts to sway the prophets. The last two are not happy about what happens to them as the bitterness is rooted in physical problems. Ezekiel’s scroll is written on both sides. These two prophets took the message to their own people. Ezekiel has the people being thorns and briers and scorpions. (I just did a post on thorns.)
This scroll is not the one that Jehoiakim (Chapter 36) burned but one in Jeremiah 51, the curses that overtake Babylon. Yes, Jeremiah threw it in the river but may I purpose a spiritual counterpart to that one. (There is no proof of that in Scripture.) Ezekiel gets the same spiritual scroll and continues the writing-Chapter 3. Finally, Daniel has his part in Chapter 12 and is ordered to seal it up until the time is right. Only Jesus, because of His obedience to going to the cross, is worthy to undo the seals.
What binds these three prophets together is when they lived and their witness to the destruction of Jerusalem and the deporting of Judah and Jerusalem. I would go so far as to say that the scroll was passed on after each prophet died-Jeremiah was first followed, by Ezekiel, and finally Daniel as an old man who sealed it for Jesus to open.
John in Revelation 10 gets handed a little scroll. Like the first one, it is sweet in the mouth but turns bitter when it hits the stomach. This scroll is connected to the mystery of God (10:7) that is revealed in the end times. That mystery deals with Jews and Gentiles (Ephesians 3:6 and others) being made one and becoming the Bride of Christ. 10:11 is actually an encouragement to John, he is told that he still has work to do. A reason I think it is a different scroll, it is little.
Disclaimer- Scroll is a STUDY, not doctrine. There is still a lot to study about scrolls but this was a fun start.
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/torah-scroll/ a good reference for the making of the Torah scroll.
Interesting idea that Daniel may have completed the scroll the others began….
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