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(Revelation 3.14-16)
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"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write, 'These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.'" (Revelation 3.14-16)

Salve Ointment Remedies

LaodiceaLaodicea, which was an ancient city in Western Turkey is mentioned six times in the New Testament. It was the last and most southerly church in Asia with a letter addressed to it by John of Patmos in Revelation. It was best know and made a lot of money from producing eye salve as a healing ointment and as a remedy for various common eye problems in the Roman Empire.

Indifferent to Needs

Human EyeTrue sight and perception was contrasted in this Revelation passage with the blind spirituality of Laodicea. Believers in the Laodicea church had strong links to Collosae just ten miles from it along the Lycus Valley. It didn't however take a stand for anything and indifference had led Laodicea to idleness. It was just as if they had visual impairment or vision loss for they could not see the real needs around them. The Laodicean church needed eye salve for their own decreased ability to see, but in a radically different spiritual sense. By neglecting to do anything for Christ, the church was now hardened and self-satisfied. It had become spiritually blind as illustrated by John 9.39 where Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind."

Commercial Hub

Laodicea silver coinsLaodicea as a medical center was important due in part to its position on the most strategically important highway in Asia which ran all the way from Ephesus in the West to Syria in the East. The road which ran through Laodicea began at the coast at Ephesus and climbed up to an 8,500 foot central plateau. It followed the valley of the River Meander which literally wandered about the valley until it reached what was known as the Gates of Phrygia. This placed Laodicea as the most important hub in this part of the Roman Empire. From there, it exported its famous eye salve and made a great deal of money in Laodicean silver coins in the process.

"Laodicea Silver Coins"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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