Sardis was one of the most seasoned and most essential urban communities of Asia Minor. The city was established in the third century B.C. The Lydian rulers venerated the Greek divine beings, were advocates of Hellenic havens and counseled the prophet at Delphi. In Roman circumstances Sardis was the focal point of the royal religion in the area. Current unearthings have conveyed much to light, including a magnificent late synagogue. For a considerable length of time Sardis had been a chief focal point of the Jewish Diaspora, and was most likely the “Sepharad” of Obadiah 20. Sardis was arranged on the east bank of the Pactolus River around 50 miles east of Smyrna. The city remained on the northern slant of Mount Tmolus. Its acropolis involved one of the goads of the mountain measuring a stature of 950 feet. At the base was a stream that filled in as a channel.
The first city was a practically invulnerable fortification, towering over the wide valley of the Hermus, and about encompassed by sharp precipices of deceptively free shake. The remains of the dividers are as yet noticeable.
The most noteworthy working of antiquated Sardis more likely than not been its glorious Temple of Artemis, worked in the fourth century B.C. The sanctuary was 327 feet long and 163 feet wide and had 78 Ionic sections, each 58 feet high. This gigantic sanctuary still takes the stand its fragmentary stays to the riches and structural aptitude of the general population that raised it.
The antiquated city was the home of the rulers of Lydia, among them Croesus, world renowned for his enormous riches. Cyrus is said to have taken $600,000,000 worth of fortune from the city when he caught it in 548 B.C. Sardis was in early circumstances, both from the to a great degree rich character of the neighboring district and from its advantageous position, a business shop of significance.
Through the inability to watch, the acropolis had been effectively scaled in 549 B.C. by a Median warrior, and in 218 by a Cretan. The Ionians consumed the city in 501 B.C., however it was rapidly modified and recaptured its significance. In 334 B.C. it surrendered to Alexander the Great who gave it a short measure of freedom, for a long time later in 322 B.C. it was taken by Antigonus. In 301 B.C. it fell into the ownership of the Seleucidan rulers who made it the habitation of their senator. It was liberated again in 190 B.C. when it shaped a piece of the domain of Pergamos, and later of the Roman area of Asia. In 17 a.d., when it was crushed by a seismic tremor, the Roman sovereign Tiberius dispatched the duties of the general population and reconstructed the city, and in his respect the nationals of that and of neighboring towns raised a huge landmark, yet Sardis never recuperated its previous status.
The congregation of our Lord in Sardis was much similar to the city itself – they had a notoriety however they were in genuine decay (Rev. 3:1-6).
Jesus stated, “I know thy works… I have not discovered thy works idealize before God” (Rev. 3:1-2). There was action in the congregation, however the movement was not coming to flawlessness. They were not taking care of business. Nothing they had done from their start had prevailing with regards to building up and establishing them in the confidence.
There are places of worship like this today. Their most prominent minute was the temporary blast of their earth shattering start. From that point forward they have not added up to much. There were a few changed over at to begin with, they promptly set up a meetinghouse and called an evangelist. Nonetheless, not long after that things started to diminish.
Some resembled the stony ground and having no root come back to the world rapidly (Matt. 13:20-21; Luke 8:13). Trial and enticement will demoralize the powerless hearted. They are unwilling to battle against transgression. To change the earlier propensities forever requires train and supplication. The scorn of previous companions is difficult to withstand (1 Pet. 4:3-4).
Others resemble the prickly ground (Matt. 13:22; Luke 8:14). There are different things that seek our time and vitality. While these things are not wrong in themselves, they should expect a need lower than the finishes and interests of the kingdom of paradise (Matt. 6:33). In an existence “loaded with thistles” there is never time for Bible review, supplication, evangelism or amassing with the holy people. Yes, Sardis had a name, a notoriety, yet it was a thin lacquer that concealed the adolescence and dormant state of this congregation (cf. Heb. 5:12-14).
The solution for the issues in this congregation was the couple of equitable and profound among them (Rev. 3:4). See that the Lord does not state abandon the rest, quit, go elsewhere and begin another congregation. Neither does He infer that the test before them is outlandish and seeing that they “can’t beat them,” they would be advised to “join them.”
No, Jesus says, “hold quick and atone” (Rev. 3:3). Those that are exemplary must do the holding while at the same time asking the common and emotionless to apologize. It is dependably the loyal couple of who have the more prominent weights to hold up under. However, they are capable (1 Cor. 10:13). Presently, which would you say you are?