Question – do you take your Bible for granted?
Question – do you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God?
Great leaders such as Martin Luther,
John Hus, John Wycliffe, Johann Gutenberg,
William Tyndale , John Colet, and many others have helped to make sure the Bible was
something for everyone to read.
of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that
should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny
the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution.
Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire.
The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform
cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years
later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of
heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg.
The prophecy of Hus had come true!
John Hus (a.k.a. Jan Huss) was a religious thinker and reformer,
born in Southern Bohemia in 1369. He
initiated a reform movement based on the ideas of John Wycliffe. His followers
became known as Hussites. The Catholic
Church did not condone such uprisings, and Hus was excommunicated in 1411 and
burned at the stake in Constance on July 6, 1415, having been condemned by the
Council of Constance, in an unfair
trial . . . Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg.
The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380's AD by John Wycliffe, an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian.
Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1450's, and the first book to ever be printed was a Latin language Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany.
Now lets’ look at some Scripture about God’s Word . . .
Aquila and his wife Priscilla trained one of God’s great orators – see Acts 18:. . .
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to
Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the
25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with
great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew
only the baptism of John.
26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and
Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to
him the way of God more adequately.
The Bible has additional has examples that God’s work load should be shared.
Moses’ Father in-Law:
Moses’ father in-law understood the enormous work load that Moses had taken on
to be a Judge of the people of Israel, and suggested to Moses to train other leaders
to share the load . . . God’s work is not for one person to bear alone, but as a
shared duty of many.
13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood
around him from morning till evening.
14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, "What is
this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these
people stand around you from morning till evening?"
15 Moses answered him, "Because the people come to me to seek God's will.
16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties
and inform them of God's decrees and laws."
17 Moses' father-in-law replied, "What you are doing is not good.
18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too
heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.
19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You
must be the people's representative before God and bring their disputes to him.
20 Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they
are to perform.
21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who
hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties
22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every
difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make
your load lighter, because they will share it with you.
23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these
people will go home satisfied."
The Holy Spirit:
Not all Christians have the same spiritual gift, but all Christians have the power
of the Holy Spirit in their life. Once again . . . God’s work is not for one person to bear
alone, but as a shared duty of many.
Lesson learned: The Bible is For ALL to read.
Lesson learned # 2: God’s work load is to be shared.
The website http://www.greatsite.com/sitemap.html has pictures and stories of some of
the older versions of Bibles (and some of them for sales). The item that I like is the free
information about some of the authors such as Hus above.
New Website Links Added April 2013:
Additional website information added April 2013 thank you to the suggestion of students
at North Central Plains Charter School in Texas regarding the history of the printing press:
** Two of the links are no longer active as of Feb. 2020.
New Website Link Added Feb. 2020:
Additional website information added Feb. 2020 thank you to the suggestions of the students at booklicious.net.