A Few Problems
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. (Revelation 2:20-21)
The church at Thyatira had a few problems; one was Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess. Jesus didn't call Jezebel a prophetess; she called herself one. This church allowed someone to come in and teach people who gave herself that title. I have met many self-appointed prophets, prophetesses, and other titles that people want to put on themselves that no leader has affirmed. It is God who calls people into ministry, but men should also acknowledge that calling on others’ lives.
Jesus said Jezebel was teaching the church contrary to the Word of God. One of the erroneous doctrines was that it was okay to fornicate and participate in idol worship. The pastor of that church should have stopped her from preaching. One of the pastor’s most important jobs is to ensure that the flock does not get confused with false doctrine, especially from the pulpit.
Jesus also said, “I gave her space to repent.” God is not like us; we often scream for revenge as soon as someone misses it. But revenge is not your business; it’s the Lord’s. God doesn’t strike people down even when they make major mistakes. The Lord is long-suffering and gives them space to repent. Aren’t you thankful that God gave you a chance to repent from your sins instead of giving you what you deserved?
Practical Application – Have you asked God recently: “Is there something I need to fix in my behavior or attitude?” It is easy for us to become apathetic about our growth and comfortable about how we live our lives. God wants you to go from glory to glory to glory and increase as you become more like Him.
Hebrews 13:9; 1 Timothy 1:3