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Summary: The second of seven letter written to the church's in Revelation

Some Things...Money Can’t Buy

Revelation 2:8-11

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,

‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:

9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

Pray

Allow me some time this morning to delve into the subject...

Some Things...Money Can’t Buy

Our message this morning is part two of a seven-part series...

Delving into the seven messages...

For the seven church’s found in the book of Revelation...

The last time we met we discussed the message...

That Jesus had for the church at Ephesus...

You heard the message had for them in our reading this morning...

He told them that they had some good things...

Going for them...And He appreciated all the love...

But He also cautioned them to watch themselves...

Watch themselves because...He noticed that they...

Didn’t love Him...Like they use to...

And He encouraged them to return to their first love...

The message was just as much true for us...

As it was for that church...

Now we turn our attention to the second message...

To the second church...The church at Smyr-na...

Also referred to as...

The persecuted church...

The Apostle John is now an old man...

Exiled on the Isle of Patmos...

He receives and writes this second message...

To the church at Smyr-na...

Smyr-na was one of the finest trade centers of the ancient world...

The city was both wealthy...And beautiful...

Like Ephesus...Trade routes passed through Smyrna...

They were noted for their paganism...

They boasted of their splendor...

Smyrna was wealthy enough...

To have constructed...An immense temple...

To idolize the emperor Tiberius...

Smyrna was where merchants from every direction converged...

Anything made anywhere...In the Roman Empire...

You could buy at Smyrna...

They had great wealth...And plenty of money...

But I’m here to tell you...This morning...

Believe it...Or not...

SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

Any whim you might have...

Could be satisfied in the trading stalls of Smyrna...

Silks from the far east...Spices from the islands...

Gold from northern Africa...

Exotic animals from Egypt...

Slaves from Ethiopia...Timber from central Europe...

It all came together in Smyrna...

Folk were rich...

Smyrna’s people thought that money...

Could buy them anything...They wanted...

But...The politics of the Empire were hostile...

It is reported that some five million Christians...

Met their death in Smyrna...

Nevertheless...These Christians had resources...

Folk were rich...

This church didn’t have to have fish dinners...

No chicken dinners...Bake sales...Candy drives...

They didn’t need to collect funds to do this...And to do that...

These folk had money...

Even though the government didn’t necessarily like them...

They could have minded their own business...

Went to their little churches...Worshipped their little God...

Returned to their little homes...And all would have been well...

Yea...They had money...But guess what...

SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

As we learned last time...

John writes this letter under the direction of the risen Christ...

To the church at Smyrna...

Unlike the church at Ephesus...

There is not one word of condemnation...

But praise...Instead...

It’s a blessing when the Lord can praise His church...

As the Lord stated to the Ephesian church...

He knows their works...

He knows of their labor...In serving Him...

He knows of their faithfulness...

He knows of their evangelistic efforts...

He also knows of their persecution...Their Tribulation...

Their Hard times...And...Their tough times...

The afflictions endured...For His name sake...

Church...I’m here to report...

No matter your hard times...Bad times...

Or...Tough times...Have faith in God...

That sounds so good...I think I’ll say it again...

No matter your hard times...Bad times...

Or...Tough times...Have faith in God...

Listen to me well...I’m here to tell you...

If God brings you to it...He will bring you through it...

But you gotta have faith...

We will suffer... for Christ’s sake...

But the bible says...

Even if you suffer...For righteousness’ sake...

Happy are you...Blessed are you..

Jesus says...Look...

Do not be afraid of their threats...Nor be troubled.”...

I got you...

When folk wonder...Why you smiling...

When you should...Be crying...

When folk wonder...Why you praising God...

When you should...Be cursing Him...

When folk wonder...Why you so happy...

When you should be so sad...

Why you peaceful...

When all hell is breaking out...All around you...

Jesus says...Look...I got you...

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