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Laodicea Lukewarm Water
(Revelation 3.14-16)
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"And 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; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither cold nor hot - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.'" (Revelation 3.14-16)✞

Hierapolis Springs

Hierapolis SpringsLaodicea had always had problems with its water supply. The water travelled so far by viaduct that it was "lukewarm" and neither hot enough for a bath nor cold enough to drink. Its neighbor, Hierapolis Springs, had ample hot water for bathing and Colossae had streams of refreshing cold pure water for drinking but the Laodicean viaduct delivered only tepid in-between water. Laodicea's Christianity was similarly of no use and likewise lukewarm being neither hot nor cold.

Problem Water Supply

Earthquake crack in pavementIn 61 AD, Laodicea, which was a wealthy city in Roman Asia, was devastated by an earthquake. The citizens of that city which is now called "Denizli" in Turkey however were so rich and independent that they refused any help from the Roman government and out of their own resources rebuilt their city. No wonder Laodicea boasted that it had amassed wealth and had no need of anything. It was also so wealthy that it did not even feel the need for God. "The ruler of God's creation" in Revelation 3.14 reflected the fact that Jesus had created the water in the first place. This verse may also be translated "the ruler of the origin or beginning of God's creation."

"Laodicea Lukewarm Water"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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