Lesson we can all use, from Beth Moore’s Bible study: “Beloved Disciple: The Life and Ministry of John”
Revelation 3:17 “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.'”
Beth tells us that the church at Laodicea was three things:
1) the church was indifferent – it was lukewarm. (Revelation 3:15).
2) the church was independent – “They filled their gaping need to matter with possessions, then gauged their usefulness by their wealth.” (Revelation 3:17).
3) the church was self-deceived – “Its worth was so ingrained in its wealth that the people honestly saw themselves utterly independent. We “do not need a thing.'” (Revelation 3:17).
“How grateful I am that Christ had a remedy for the Laodiceans! Their self-deceived indifference had not deemed them castaways. Christ wrote the Laodiceans a three-part prescription.
His first prescription was gold refined in fire. (check 1Peter 1:6-7 for help on understanding this one).
His second prescription was ‘white clothes to wear’ (Rev. 3:18) The black wool fabric for which Laodicea was famous was the fashion rage all over that part of the world. Jesus suggested that they trade their fashions for purity. Ouch!
His final prescription was salve to put on their eyes. Not only was the city a marketing center and financial capital, but it also housed a well-known medical center best known for Phrygian powder, which was used to make salve for eye conditions. All the while, they were blind as bats and poor as beggars. I’ve been both. One thing I’ve learned about God is that He is faithful in every way. He is faithful to forgive, redeem, bless, and provide. He is also faithful to chastise when His child won’t readily turn from sin. Yes, the Laodiceans had a prescription, but Christ had no intention of letting them wait a month of Sundays to get it filled without consequences.”
This lesson from Beth’s Bible Study has really opened my eyes to many new things. I hope you will read and study with us to see what the Church at Laodicea may be speaking to you about. Like to hear your understanding on these issues.