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Thyatira Idols
(Revelation 2.18-20)
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"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: 'These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.'" (Revelation 2.18-20)

Know Your Deeds

Thyatira RuinsThe Revelation city of Thyatira was a frontier town about forty miles southeast of Pergamum which was famous in its day for its trade guilds. Its members may have been involved in the Saturnalia festival meals worshipping Saturn and the Thyatira idols in the pagan temples. Meat was often offered to idols there. Then the flesh that wasn't used was sold to shoppers in the temple marketplace. Thus arose the criticism of eating "food sacrificed to idols" in Revelation 2.20 and elsewhere.

Food Sacrificed to Idols

Gods Apollo and MarsEating food bought from the temple market may not have been wrong in itself, but it could upset sensitive weaker Christian brothers and sisters. Jesus in the Book of Revelation reminded the people of "Thyatira" and that he himself was "the true Son of God" rather than the god Apollo or even the Emperor. Idols may have been called "sons of god" and the Emperor a "god" himself but only Jesus could hold the supreme title of "The Son of God."

"Thyatira Idols"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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