In our previous post we saw a startling difference between the Laodiceans’ assessment of themselves, and the Lord’s evaluation. They thought they were rich and in need of nothing; Jesus said that spiritually they were “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev.3:17). They were blissfully unaware of their true condition before God! Further, their lukewarmness was a condition that nauseated the Lord.
That’s why we have the Bible. Therein is revealed how to be saved by the provisions of God in Jesus Christ, and then further teaching furnishes the Christian with what God wants His people to be. In other words, to avoid the condemnation of the Lord, and to have His approval, requires constant looking at the Scriptures as the standard, and examining self in light of that Word.
But we want to explore further the city itself where the church addressed in Rev. 3 was located.
Besides the evidence of many public buildings and facilities, archaeologist have also excavated some private residences, such as the one in this photo. Note the storage jar at left center.
Such storage jars would have been used in homes for storage of grain and other such items. Such items are indicative of considerable purchasing power.
Still more to come on Laodicea. Click on image for larger view.