God‘s timing is perfect
Every day I call to you, my God, but, you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. Yet you are holy. The praises of Israel surround your throne. Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. You heard their cries for help and saved them. They put their trust in you and were never disappointed.
The fugitive translator
William Tyndale was born about 1494 and educated first at Oxford, where he was ordained into the priesthood, then at Cambridge, where he joined the Reformation. He became convinced that England would never be evangelized using Latin Bibles. Tyndale’s efforts to get permission to translate the Bible into English were unsuccessful, so he left England.
His first English New Testament was printed in Germany in 1525. As Tyndale’s English Bibles were smuggled into England, the archbishop of Canterbury and the bishop of London began attacking him fiercely. On June 18, 1528 Thomas Wolsey, the English cardinal, ordered Tyndale’s arrest and extradition to England. It took seven years to track him down, then spent eighteen months in a cold castle dungeon.
Tyndale, in his early forties, was found guilty and condemned to death as a heretic. Referring to the king’s opposition to his English Bible, Tyndale said, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.”
The year that Tyndale died, there were two English Bibles containing his translation of the New Testament. When presented to Henry VIII, the king, not realizing it contained Tyndale’s work, proclaimed, “In God’s name let it go abroad among the people.”
Adapted from The One Year® Book of Christian History by E. Michael and Sharon Rusten (Tyndale, 2003), entry for June 18.
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House
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