Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sacrifice for His message

The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572 ended in assassinations and Catholic Mob violence which were directed towards the Huguenots. Thousands of Huguenots were killed on this depressing day of French History.  The Huguenots were French Protestants. The Huguenots were literate and could read scriptures themselves which was a Catholic no no. The Catholic church of the day wanted the people illiterate and bound to their articulation of Scripture. Prior to the Massacre, the Huguenots endured countless episodes of harassments, property seizures, tortures, executions, and slaughters. The motto of the day was one law, one king, and one faith. The Catholic church had complete control over the region.
The Huguenots wanted to know God personally and they wanted to read his word in their own language. In 1520, the word of God was translated into French and reading of the word was given to the common man. The Catholic church persecuted the saints even to the point of burning some at the stake and calling Christian heretics. These actions did not stop the Huguenots and the word of God fell into the hands of many who hungered for it.
The Day of the Massacre over 10,000 Christians were killed and their bodies dumped into the river. Within a week over 100,000 Christians were massacred. All because believers hungered for the word of God and wanted to know him personally. It was Christians like these which helped spread the word of God for all to read. Reformers cause reformation from the things which are wrong and untruthful. If it were not for  Reformers like these we would be unable to read God's word in our own language for today.

How important is the message to us? Is it something worth dying for? We are called to be reformers today and to stand up for the truth. Jesus said unless we are willing to take up the cross and follow Him; we are not really his followers.

Matthew 10:38  Whoever doesn't take up his cross and follow me doesn't deserve to be my disciple.

Where is the passion for the word of God today? The Huguenots endure hardships and death in order for the word of God to be given to average people. The word of God is powerful and worth dying for.

Psalm 33:4  The word of the LORD is correct, and everything he does is trustworthy.
Psalm 119:16  Your laws make me happy. I never forget your word.
Psalm 119:105  Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. 

God's word is so important it is worth the sacrifice. We are willing to lay down all for His truth and to see it spread throughout the world. I hope we can learn from ancestry brothers and sisters in Christ and surrender all for the call.

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