Summary: An expanded outline, examining Jesus’ anger with what was happening at the church in Thyatira.
THE DAY THE LORD GOT MAD
Several years ago driving through the Ocala National Forest at night, I spotted a large brown object lying in the middle of the road. I thought it looked like it might be a bear cub that had been struck by a car. I got out and looked at it, and sure enough, that’s what it was. About the time I confirmed that’s what I was looking at, the thought came to me, “This is not the smartest thing you have ever done.” I mean, can you imagine what the situation would be like if I was standing beside that dead bear cub if it’s mother came upon the scene? We all know Mama would not be happy!
Let me tell you, there is something even worse than a mamma bear upset over a lost bear cub, and that is when Jesus gets upset over His church being hurt. …
In reading this passage, we see Jesus again commending a church. He commended them for their works. He said, “I know your works, and then He lists them.
I. JESUS’ PRAISE FOR THE CHURCH
1. Love – Jesus says, “I know of your love. I know you love God. I know you love Me, and you love one another. You even love the people in the community. You have a reputation as a loving church.
2. Faithfulness/faith – Second, He says, “ I know of your faith and your faithfulness. You haven’t given up on God and you haven’t abandoned Him. You still trust and believe in Him. Your faith is strong. I know that.”
3. Service – Third, He says, “I am aware of your service. You serve one another. You serve My heavenly Father. You minister to those in the community. I know of your service.”
4. Endurance – Forth, “in spite of the temptations and the trials, you have endured. You haven’t quit. You haven’t thrown in the towel. You have endured.”
5. Your last works are better than the first – Last, He says, “You are growing and improving. You are becoming more Christ-like. You are growing. I know what you’re doing right.”
II. JESUS PROBLEM WITH THE CHURCH
But He quickly brushes over these. They are barely mentioned, because in this letter, He comes as the Son of God.
In this Psalm, God is angry because the people and the leaders have rebelled against God. They have tried to tear off God’s ropes, His restraints, His rules and guidelines.
- Eyes of flame/fire – Jesus approaches this church with flames shooting from His eyes. We are familiar with that. Even today we speak of people so angry that their eyes burn a hole in the person they’re looking at.
- Feet of bronze – Bronze is often used in the Bible to describe strength. So here with Christ’s bronze feet we see His ruthless resolve.
You see Jesus is ticked. He is ticked because someone is messing with His church, with His Bride. In Ephesians we read: