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May 4, 2017

Synopsis of April 17, 2011…… Lukewarm Laodicean Vomit

Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.”

To get a better picture of the hot and cold images used in this passage, one needs to understand the culture and location of Laodicea. Laodicea was centrally located only six miles south of Hieropolis and eleven miles west of Colossae. Hieropolis to the north was well known for its many hot springs which provided hot water and Colossae to the east for its fresh springs which provided cold water. Because Laodicea lacked a natural water supply, it was dependent on its neighbors for this vital resource and therefore drew water from both, as well as from other surrounding sources. By the time the water reached Laodicea, it was “lukewarm”, neither “hot” nor “cold”.

The word, hot, then refers to hot mineral spring waters, generally 95 degrees or warmer. Hot water has many medicinal benefits, such as:
● it can help promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being.
● it stimulates the immune system
● it relieves the pain and stiffness of arthritis.
● it reduces muscles spasms and alters the sensation of pain, reducing stress.
● it increases body metabolism, stimulating the intestinal tract and the liver, aiding digestion.
● it loosens mucus, relieves sinus congestions, and opens breathing passages when breathed as steamy vapors.
● it stimulates circulation, boosting all the body tissue’s health by carrying oxygen and nourishment to the cells.

The word, cold, then refers to refreshing spring waters, generally 60 degrees or cooler. Cold water also has many medicinal benefits, such as:
● it relieves depression helping to promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being.
● it relieves the pain and inflammation after acute injury or surgical procedures.
● it can reduce the amount and severity of headaches at high altitude, when taken in quantity.
● it quickly cools and keeps the body at an optimum temperature to reduce swelling for up to 2 hours.
● it lowers the temperature of the injured tissue, which reduces the tissue’s metabolic rate and helps the tissue to survive the period following the injury.
● it contains health-restoring minerals like lithium, calcium and magnesium, which help sustain healthy blood and oxygen levels.
● it serves as a detoxifying agent to flush out toxins, can provide an added energy boost, and can increase mental alertness for those who drink it regularly.

Scripture does not state that “hot” is good and “cold” is bad, but that both hot and cold water are useful, whereas lukewarm water is useless. The Laodicean church was providing neither healing for the spiritually sick nor refreshment for the spiritually weary! The church was simply providing lukewarm water which was not helpful at all. It was, in fact, useless for any kind of healing or medicinal benefit. For this reason, Yeshua says he would vomit [ἐμέω emeō G1692] them out of his mouth. As Christians, we are to provide either hot water or cold water to those who are spiritually sick or weary. Which water will you give to others in their need – hot water or cold water? Give one or the other, but do not give lukewarm water and be vomited out!

Many scholars, pastors, lay people, and others explain this to mean that Yeshua wishes you were either for him or against him, that you would choose either to be holy or unholy, that you would choose good or evil. Never, ever, does God desire or encourage us to choose against good and choose evil, to chose against God and choose Satan. Scripture is loaded with passages that encourage us to be holy, to be set apart, to separate ourselves from worldly things and choose the things of heaven. I cannot accept that in this one passage, God would change his tune, for God changes not – he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.


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