Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gelen esinleme 3

Here's a word of encouragement for folks "between jobs," or for anyone struggling to find his place in the world:
Davut'un anahtarına sahip olan, açtığını kimsenin kapayamadığı, kapadığını kimsenin açamadığı.
Jesus describes Himself to the church at Sardis as the one who has "the keys of David, who opens and no man can shut, who shuts and no man can open. I'm sure you recognize "Davut." Anahtar, key, figured in a successful political slogan a few years ago. The winning candidate promised the voters, "Beş ay, iki anahtar." Louis XIV, who promised "a chicken in every pot," and Hitler, who promised "a car in every garage," were minor league in comparison to this gent. Put me in office, and in five months, you'll each have two keys (new house, new car). Unlike Jesus, this guy did not actually deliver on the promise, but this slogan is still admired for sheer audacity in four words!

When addressing the church at Philadelphia, Jesus mentions again the false Israel, the Jewish congregations in the neighborhood that made life miserable for the Christians. He encouraged His people to stand firm, and promised them marks of citizenship in the true, eternal, and heavenly Israel, the new Jerusalem.

Jesus had harsh words for Laodicea:
Ne soğuksun, ne sıcak. Keşke ya sapuk, ya da sıcak olsaydın.
Two new words today:
  • soğuk -- cold
  • sıcak -- hot
Laodicea was renowned for its hot / mineral springs, its healing baths, and its pharmaceutical industry. There were also springs of clear, cold, drinkable water. The church, however, had in its complacency fallen between both possibilities. (By the way -- the Turks do not mark each faucet with an S. Hot water comes from the faucet with the red handle, cold water from the blue-handled faucet.)

I think I'll have Beth and Laura memorize this most famous verse from Chapter 3:
İşte kapıda durmuş, kapıyı çalıyorum. Eğer biri sesimi işitir ve kapıyı açarsa, onun yanına gideceğim, ben onunla ve o da benimle, birlikte yemek yiyeceğiz.
I'll give you one word, and you can find this verse very easily: kapı -- door.


DrRick said...

There is a book about Laodicea called The Yawning Church, if you are interested. It can be previewed at

Al ve oku said...

Some people believe that the Seven Churches represent seven periods of time -- ending, of course, in one's own day. After all, how could anyone as important as ME live at any other period than during the grand consummation of the ages! If you read speculative exegesis from a few centuries ago, the Procrustean (BTW, Turkish readers, Procrustes lived in your neighborhood!) efforts to slice and dice history into seven chunks, ending at one's own day, are models and marvels of misdirected creativity.

I'm glad that DrRick noticed my blog, but I disagree with his basic approach to understanding Gelen esinleme. It's not a "road map of history," terminating with today. It's by, for, and about first-century readers, and can be enjoyed by us as a stunning and precise record of fulfilled prophecy.