The Burning Word

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Daily Reform, Ezekiel 2:1-10

From the Reformer

That the Bible is God’s Word and book I prove thus: All things that have been, and are, in the world, and the manner of their being, are described in the first book of Moses on the creation; even as God made and shaped the world, so does it stand to this day. Infinite potentates have raged against this book, and sought to destroy and uproot it—king Alexander the Great, the princes of Egypt and of Babylon, the monarchs of Persia, of Greece, and of Rome, the emperors Julius and Augustus—but they nothing prevailed; they are all gone and vanished, while the book remains, and will remain for ever and ever, perfect and entire, as it was declared at first. Who has thus helped it—who has thus protected it against such mighty forces? No one, surely, but God himself, who is the master of all things. And ’tis no small miracle how God has so long preserved and protected this book; for the devil and the world are sore foes to it. I believe that the devil has destroyed many good books of the church, as, aforetime, he killed and crushed many holy persons, the memory of whom has now passed away; but the Bible he was fain to leave subsisting. In like manner have baptism, the sacrament of the altar, of the true body and blood of Christ, and the office of preaching remained unto us, despite the infinitude of tyrants and heretic persecutors. God, with singular strength, has upheld these things; let us, then, baptize, administer the sacrament, and preach, fearless of impediment. Homer, Virgil, and other noble, fine, and profitable writers, have left us books of great antiquity, but they are naught to the Bible.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

He had read the Bible for years and something was happening. Now the words seemed incapable of remaining within him and it scared him. He was afraid in an entirely new way. He had not been so timid even when the schoolyard bullies threatened him when he had been much younger. He stood with a word on his lips and was terrified because he wondered if the Word was really in his heart? Yet, Jesus must be alive in him because, though frightened of speaking, he spoke. Something in him was determined, and so, he risked the rejection of rebellious people. He spoke even though terror was present. The word of God burned in him; he had to give it voice.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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