Daily Reformation, Psalm 51:1-12
About the Reformer
In short space after, it fortuned that George Constantine was apprehended by Sir Thomas More, who was then chancellor of England, as suspected of certain heresies. Master More asked of him, saying, “Constantine! I would have thee be plain with me in one thing that I will ask; and I promise thee I will show thee favor in all other things whereof thou art accused. There is beyond the sea, Tyndale, Joye, and a great many of you: I know they cannot live without help. There are some that succor them with money; and thou, being one of them, hadst thy part thereof, and therefore knowest whence it came. I pray thee, tell me, who be they that help them thus?” “My lord,” quoth Constantine, “I will tell you truly: it is the bishop of London that hath holpen us, for he hath bestowed among us a great deal of money upon New Testaments to burn them; and that hath been, and yet is, our only succor and comfort.” “Now by my troth,” quoth More, “I think even the same; for so much I told the bishop before he went about it.”
After that, Master Tyndale took in hand to translate the Old Testament, finishing the five books of Moses, with sundry most learned and godly prologues most worthy to be read and read again by all good Christians. These books being sent over into England, it cannot be spoken what a door of light they opened to the eyes of the whole English nation, which before were shut up in darkness.
—John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
Pulling It Together
“You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!” The words from the movie, “A Few Good Men” are now almost famous in American culture. God often takes just a few good men, who want a clean and right spirit within themselves, who are willing and ready to speak his truth at all costs, and changes the world. Are you willing to handle his truth, to publish it to your family and friends and co-workers, despite the personal cost? If today, you offered God the sacrifice of a broken and humble heart, what do you suppose he might do with you? How would it change your world?
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers