“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
She is known as the Seller of Purple.
This meant she sold either fine purple cloth or the dye itself.
No husband is mentioned.
She was religious.
“…which worshipped God…”
She was among the group of women who gathered each Sabbath by a river side to pray.
“And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.”
Paul and Silas visited the women and Lydia was attentive and heard the Gospel that Paul preached.
She traded religion for relationship.
“…heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
She was the first convert of Paul in Europe after he had the Macedonian vision.
“And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.”
Lydia serves as an example that religion does not mean we have a relationship with the Lord.
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