That woman Jezebel – Hope 103.2

That woman Jezebel

By David ReayFriday 1 May 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes

Transcript:

Read Revelation 2:18-25

18 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God,whose eyes are like flames of fire,whose feet are like polished bronze:

19 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your love,your faith,your service,and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.

20 “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman-that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet-to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent,but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.

22 “Therefore,I will throw her on a bed of suffering,and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.

24 “But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them-depths of Satan,actually). I will ask nothing more of you 25 except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. (NLT)

No parent in their right mind would call their dearly beloved newborn daughter,Jezebel. The name has become a byword for wickedness and immorality. The woman mentioned in this letter to the church at Thyatira doesn’t necessarily have that name but her actions are consistent with the evil woman of infamy in the Old Testament history of God’s people.

The woman represents the danger facing all churches: heeding the seemingly attractive words of a figure who has some authority. While respect for authority and heeding biblical teaching is absolutely proper,it is not proper for anyone to appoint themselves as a leader and then advocate actions that go against clear biblical teaching.

Such an individual is given too much power. Beware the powerful,eloquent,passionate person who claims to speak for God but who doesn’t live for God. A church needs to be open to what God has to say to it,but openness is not uncritical naivety.

What is also interesting about Thyatira is that on other grounds the church is commended. A reminder that no church is completely good or completely bad. In this church there are both Christians who are growing in practical obedience and Christians who are succumbing to a seductive Jezebel. To paraphrase Jesus,the weeds and the wheat are coexisting. One day they won’t.

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David Reay