God's Bible Our Blessing
As Christians, we enjoy privileges that we have received only because of the Reformation. One of these privileges is having the Bible in our own language, available for all to buy and read at the price that most office workers would pay for lunch for one day!! One man in particular suffered to enable us to have this privilege and that man, though he is somebody that we have probably all heard about, is well worth our remembering. His name is William Tyndale.
William Tyndale spent much of his life on the run from the authorities who were trying to stop him translating the Bible into English. He had basically finished his work when he was apprehended, put in prison and then taken to the stake in 1536 where he was strangled and burnt. According to Foxe, Tyndale's final words, spoken 'at the stake with a fervent zeal, and a loud voice', were reported as 'Lord! Open the King of England's eyes.' Within four years, at the same king's behest, four English
translations of the Bible were published in England. All were based on Tyndale's work.
Because of God’s kindness to us we now have the Bible available for us to read. I would like to encourage all of us to remember our history and thank the Lord for William Tyndale and the work that God enabled him to do. If only we had such courage. When was the last time that you prayed
'Lord open the eyes of government'? Pick up your Bible and thank the Lord, with me, that you can read it and understand it!!
Thomas van den Broek
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