seven horns and seven eyes
this calls for wisdom

to the seven churches

Last Wednesday and this coming Wednesday, we’re looking at the seven churches who were the original recipients of the book of Revelation. They were located in the western part of modern-day Turkey. In chapters 2 and 3, they are, in order: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.

In the messages to the “angels” of the churches, we notice a great deal of parallels. First, there is mentioned an attribute of the heavenly Christ (an attribute mentioned in chapter 1). Then there’s a statement, “I know…” certain qualities of the church—both good and bad. Each finishes with, “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.” That’s joined with a promise for those who “conquer” or “overcome.” (The Greek word is nikaō, source of the word nike, “victory.”)

What can we learn from the carefully crafted repetition in the letters to the seven churches? What about the characteristics of the heavenly Christ? Why does our author employ the literary style that we see?

(The image is by Douglas Christian Larsen.)


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