August 26, 2021
Scripture: The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star. Revelation 2:26-28 ESV
Observation: Located on the inland trade route about 45 miles east of Pergamum, Thyatira was known for its textiles, leathers, and bronze works. Like Pergamum and Smyrna, certain church members sought the favor of the culture by engaging in illicit sex and pagan feasts. They followed the lead of a false prophetess, who Jesus names Jezebel (after King Ahab’s seductive pagan wife). Still, others were resisting her heretical teachings and rejecting worldly approval. In contrast, they were maintaining purity of heart and expanding good works. To them, Jesus promises to lay no further burden. Instead, following the prophetic language of Psalm 2:8-9, he will grant them authority to rule the nations with an iron rod (with power). And he will give them the morning star, both of which are symbols of royalty. “Morning star,” however, is found only here and in two other places in Scripture: Numbers 24:17 (Balaam’s prophecy of a star rising out of Jacob) and Revelation 22:16 (Jesus’ self-identification as the morning star). The implication is that we will take on the likeness of Jesus’ light.
Takeaway: First, we cannot compromise purity in doing good works for the kingdom of God. Otherwise, we are merely engaging in social justice. Secondly, when we stay on course and follow the way of Christ, as his “royal” ambassadors, we will possess all that we need (power and light) to navigate around the Jazabels of this world and expand his good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Prayer: Father God, please help us to faithfully administer your good works without compromise of purity and integrity. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling