Wednesday, 30 September 2020
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:29
The thought is the same as that of verses 2:7, 2:11, and 2:17. However, there is now a difference, not in substance, but in location within the letter. In the first three letters, Jesus makes this statement, and then He speaks out the words concerning those who overcome. Here, and through the next three letters, the statement follows the words concerning those who overcome, closing out each letter.
As in all the letters, it is a call out to pay heed to what has been stated, and what will be stated to each and every church.
Life application: It seems all too fast that we have already come to the end of chapter 2 of Revelation, concluding with the completion of the fourth letter to the seven churches. Each letter has received the same warning and admonition as we have in this verse. Jesus says, “He who has an ear…” Let us open our ears and listen to what is being read, let us open our hearts and take heed to the message we have been given. Let us open our eyes that they may be fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. The Lord said this to Isaiah concerning the people of Israel –
“Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’”
10 “Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.” Isaiah 6:9, 10
Isaiah, not understanding, then responded –
“Lord, how long?” (Isaiah 6:11)
And the response from the Lord was –
“Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant,
The houses are without a man,
The land is utterly desolate,
12 The Lord has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.” Isaiah 6:11, 12
We need to be attentive lest we drive ourselves out of our own favorable situation. Failure to respond to the Spirit’s words can only result in sadness in an ineffective relationship with God.
Again, as before, this verse says “…what the Spirit says to the churches.” Each letter is an individual one for a particular congregation, but it is directed to all churches at all times. The warnings, the promises, and the doctrine are meant for all. Take heed and be blessed!
Lord, You have given us a true and faithful record of Your love for us, Your expectations of us, and how we can share in Your divine blessings. Thank You, O God, for all You have done, are doing, and will do for Your redeemed people. May we return our praises to You. Amen.