“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.’” Revelation [2:18]
The metal-working city of Thyatira was familiar with the flames of the metal guilds. It was fire that also filled Jesus’ eyes as He prepared to purify them. Along with describing Jesus’ fiery eyes, the angel also says that His “feet are like burnished bronze”.
Bronze was a metal often used in the production of weaponry for warfare. Its strength is often likened to that of iron (Daniel [4:15], 23; Psalm [18:34]; 1[07:16]). For Jesus’ feet to be described as bronze speaks of their weightiness and power for crushing His enemies (Genesis [3:15]; Romans [16:20]). These bronze feet on the Son of God would’ve been a sobering sight for the citizens of Thyatira. They would have understood that He means business when it comes to the faithfulness and obedience of His church.
How seriously do you take your faithfulness to the Lord? We live in a day when words like “obedience”, “judgment”, and “submission” are not popular. And yet these are biblical words. Jesus does call us to obedient submission to God’s will, and to live in light of coming judgment.
Lord God, we thank You for Your righteous judgment and unending equity. We praise You for Your power that rids the world of sin and establishes justice. May our lives reflect Your righteous character. Amen.
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