"Thy word is true from the beginning:
and every one of thy righteous
judgments endureth for ever."
Psalm 119:160 KJV
Do you read your Bible daily? Do you ever
wonder how we came to have a Bible that
we who speak English can read? Are you
aware of just how blessed we are that we
all have access to Bibles?
William Tyndale of England - a gentleman
fluent in eight languages - was responsible
for the first English translation of the
New Testament. He left England because he
could not do the translating there. He wrote
a letter to a friend about the translating he
was doing, and in it he stated: "I call God
to record against the day we shall appear
before the Lord Jesus, that I never altered
one syllable of God's Word against my
conscience, nor would do this day, if all that
is in earth, whether it be honor, pleasure,
or riches, might be given me."
God has preserved his Holy Word for us and it
was bought at a great price. In 1525/6, the
first English New Testament was printed;
however, only two complete copies are known
to have survived.
The Bishop of London tried to confiscate every
copy and burn them, but they continued to be
smuggled into England by any means possible.
The greater the clergy's efforts to keep them
from the public at large, the greater was their
thirst for the English language Word of God.
William Tyndale fled and managed to elude capture
for eleven years, but in 1536 he was imprisoned
for 500 days, then strangled and burned at the
stake. His last words were: "Lord, open the
eyes of the King of England."
Praise God for the brothers and sisters who
suffered unspeakable attrocities so that we might
all have the access to the Word of God!
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word
was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
beheld His glory, the glory as of the only
begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
John 1:1, 14 KJV
We search the world for truth. We cull
The good, the true, the beautiful
From graven stone and written scroll
And all old flower-fields of the soul;
Then, weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest
To find that all the sages said
Is in the Book our mothers read.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier ~
"Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but My words shall not pass away."
Matthew 24:35 KJV
THE DIARY OF A BIBLE
JANUARY: A busy time for me. Most of the family decided
to read me through this year. They kept me busy for
the first two weeks, but they have forgotten me now.
FEBRUARY: Clean-up time. I was dusted yesterday and put
in my place. My owner did use me for a few minutes last
week. He had been in an argument and was looking up
some references to prove he was right.
MARCH: Had a busy day first of the month. My owner was
elected president of the PTA & used me to prepare a speech.
APRIL: Grandpa visited us this month. He kept me on his
lap for an hour reading I Cor 13. He seems to think more of
me than do some people in my own household.
MAY: I have a few green stains on my pages. Some spring
flowers were pressed in my pages.
JUNE: I look like a scrapbook. They have stuffed me full
of newspaper clippings - one of the girls was married.
JULY: They put me in a suitcase today. I guess we are
off on vacation. I wish I could stay home; I know I'll be
closed up in this thing for at least two weeks.
AUGUST: Still in the suitcase.
SEPTEMBER: Back home at last and in my old familiar
place. I have a lot of company. Two women's magazines
and four comic books are stacked on top of me. I wish
I could be read as much as they are.
OCTOBER: They read me a little bit today. One of them is
very sick. Right now I am sitting in the center of the
coffee table. I think the Pastor is coming by for a visit.
NOVEMBER: Back in my old place. Somebody asked
today if I were a scrapbook.
DECEMBER: The family is busy getting ready for the
holidays. I guess I'll be covered up under wrapping paper
& packages again ... just as I am every Christmas.
~ Author Unknown ~
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105 KJV
AN UNUSED BOOK
"Mother, I found an old dusty thing
High on the shelf--just look!"
"Why, that's a Bible, Tommy dear;
Be careful--that's God's Book!"
"God's Book!" the child exclaimed;
"Then, Mother, before we lose it,
We'd better send it back to God,
For, you know, we never use it."
~ Author Unknown ~
"I have given them Thy word; and the world
hath hated them, because they are not of the
world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify
them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth."
John 17:14, 17 KJV
RESPECT FOR GOD'S WORD
Within this ample volume lies
The mystery of mysteries.
Happiest they of human race
To whom their God has given grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lift the latch, to force the way;
But better had they ne'er been born
Who read to doubt or read to scorn.
~ Sir Walter Scott ~
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth,
but the Word of our God shall stand forever."
Isaiah 40:8 KJV
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