God’s Word

 

Questions:

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.

 

John Hus       John Hus

One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people
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.

John Wycliffe:
The first hand-written English language Bible manuscripts were produced in the 1380's AD by John Wycliffe,
an Oxford professor, scholar, and theologian.

Gutenberg Press: 
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 . . .

Team work:
Aquila and his wife Priscilla trained one of God’s great orators – see Acts 18:. . .

Acts 18:24-26 (NIV):
24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to
     Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the
     Scriptures.
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.

Exodus 18:13-23 (NIV):

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
     and tens.
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.

 

References:
The following websites were referenced on April 18, 2007:  
http://www.greatsite.com                    http://www.biblegateway.com

Other information:
The website http://www.greatsite.com/sitemap.htmlhas 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.      Per greatsite.com:

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:       http://www.psprint.com/resources/printing-press-history/


http://www.kidsnewsroom.org/elmer/infocentral/frameset/inventors/gutenberg/index.html


http://www.biblica.com/bibles/faq/18/

 

http://www.gutenberg-bible.com/

 

http://inventors.about.com/od/gstartinventors/a/Gutenberg.htm


http://www.ncpcharterschool.org/