The memory of the righteous is blessed ... Proverbs 10:7
Today, October 31, marks the anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany, and forever changed the world for the sake of the Gospel.
Our pastor did a phenomenal job preaching the beauty and dignity of this day as we worshiped together Sunday morning.
If you do not know the details of the Reformation, you must learn them. You hold a Bible in your hand, in your language, because of the Reformation. Because of the men who willingly walked to the stake, listened to the slam of a prison door, and laid their heads down for the slice of the axe ~ because they refused to denounce the truth of Scripture or the name of Jesus Christ. Because they believed that every human being deserved to know what God says in His Word, not just the hierarchy of the church. Because they loved the one and only God with all their hearts, souls, and minds and were fully surrendered to Him ... no matter the cost.
We must REMEMBER.
The way forward
"The further back we look the further forward we'll see." ~ Winston Churchill
We are not here to make everything better - we are here to be faithful to uphold what those who came before sacrificed for us.
History is a telling of God's saving action.
The desire of the reformers was simply this, as told of William Tyndale, the man who began the translation of Scripture into different languages so every person could read and understand God's Word ... he declared to a pious priest, "My goal is for every plow boy in the fields of England to know more Scripture than the Pope."
They fought for truth. They fought for the right of every human being, made in the image of God, to have, hold, and know His Word, as He spoke it ... without translation or traditions of men.
That is what they died for.
And we need to remember ... so we do not willingly fall back into the blindness and darkness of a twisted and perverse generation.
Read the Word.
KNOW the Word.
Study the Word.
Live the Word.
And R E M E M B E R.
The privileges we have, the freedoms we enjoy to worship and praise God ~ they all came at a price. Lives of countless men and women willing to die for the sake of Christ. For the cause of the Gospel.
Do not forget what it cost them.
Do not neglect what they gave you.
KNOW THE WORD.
And then praise God for those who gave everything, so you can.
Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Nehemiah 8:1-6 All the people assembled as one man in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.
So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion.
Ezra opened the book.
All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.