Scripture Reading: Revelation 2:18-29

“But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing My servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.” (Revelation 2:20)

The church at Thyatira was being heavily influenced by a woman called Jezebel. Jezebel was probably not her real name, but she was like Jezebel in the Old Testament (I Kings 16:29-33). This woman called herself a prophetess and she claimed that her authority came from God. Through her teaching, she had led some of the believers in Thyatira astray. In particular she was teaching and seducing some of the members of the church to practice sexual immorality.

The real problem was that the church tolerated this woman and her teaching. The leaders of the church failed to stop her from leading people astray. Perhaps some of the leaders had been influenced by her as well. Some of the members of the church were making compromises by following her teaching.

I imagine that Jezebel was teaching something like this — “In order for you to really know God, you have to practice evil.” Isn’t that exactly what Satan said to Eve? The world with its allurements calls us to compromise our faith. We must be careful not to compromise what we know is true and right. It is so easy to make a series of small compromises that later lead to bigger compromises which can greatly hinder our faith and can have disastrous consequences.

We live in a day when we are called to tolerance. We are being told that we must be tolerant to the beliefs and practices of others, even though they clearly are in opposition to God’s truth. There are things that we cannot tolerate. We must be willing to take a stand for what is right and true. Jesus spoke these words to the faithful members of the church at Thyatira — “Only hold fast what you have until I come” (v. 25). By the grace and power of God, we can hold fast to our beliefs and not compromise.

Lord Jesus, give me the strength to hold fast to Your truth. Everyday I face the danger of making compromises to my faith. Keep me strong and enable me to walk in line with the gospel. I want to be faithful and I want to bring glory to You.


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