Whose words and opinions do you esteem highly in life?
How far would you go to honour the words of such a person?
William Tyndale - An Inspiring Tale
By Joanne Liaw Sook Ling (24 April 2017)
Dedicated to Reverend Andrew Cheah
Come, hear me now as I tell you a tale
An inspiring tale of William Tyndale
A man who poured out his life to translate
God's Word from Greek, not the Latin Vulgate
He fled from country to country
Living like an unsettled refugee
He had to flee to continue God's work
From his arduous task, he did not shirk
God sent him helping hands along the way
Partners in the Gospel, to ease his day
Walsh, Monmouth, Frith, Poyntz and others
Who aided the great Bible translator
After much sweat and perspiration
He finished the English New Testament
He tried to print it, but was discovered
From Cologne, he had to flee for cover
He printed copies in Worms by God's grace
They were smuggled and spread at great pace
Those were dangerous times of persecution
Having God's Word in English was treason
Bibles were burnt, but copies increased
God's Word brought the common people release
Sweet release from the darkness of their age
God's Truth shone brightly on each precious page
In Antwerp, he was betrayed by a friend
Imprisoned for fifteen months before his end
Vilvoorde Prison was a dark, cold place
In suffering, his faith was not effaced
With a noose around his neck, he still prayed
'Lord, open the king of England's eyes,' he said
Strangled to death, then burnt as a heretic
Executed in the eyes of the public
God answered Tyndale's dying prayer
The eyes of the king were opened a year later
He encouraged the distribution
Of the English Bible to the nation
Tyndale's blood was spilled upon the pages
Of God's Word that's lasted through the ages
Do we treasure the Bible we've bought with ease?
Do we value His Word in times of peace?
God's Word was brought to us with much bloodshed
How do we respond to the verses we've read?
Are our hearts burning with unyielding passion?
Passion for the message of salvation!
Points for Reflection:
Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
(Psalms 119:17-18 ESV)
· Tyndale died to translate God’s Word for the common people. People who could not understand Latin. In Tyndale’s time, it was illegal for the common people to read God’s Word in their mother tongue. Doing so could lead to death if they were caught.
· In our part of the world, many of us have the freedom of reading the Bible, God’s Word, without any fear of being executed. However, do we treasure the Bible we’ve bought (or downloaded) with ease? Do we value His Word in times of peace? Has reading God’s Word become more of a chore than a joy?
· Whose words and opinions do you esteem highly in life? Do you value God’s Word?
· How far would you go to honour God through His Word? Would apathy, laziness, criticism, persecution, and death deter you from doing so?
· God's Word was brought to us with much bloodshed. How do we respond to the verses we've read? Are our hearts burning with unyielding passion? Passion for the message of salvation!