“Hulk Smash!” The Incredible Hulk may smash but John Wycliffe broke down the walls of the Bible for everyone to see what God really wants in our lives…
John Wycliffe was a man who believed that everyone should be able to read the Word of God. We take for granted today that we can open up a Bible or more likely a Bible App like You Version and read the Bible whenever we feel like it. This was not always the case however, 150 years before the reformation this man John Wycliffe believed that everyone should be able to go to God themselves without a priest. During this time period no one besides the priest had Bibles and it was also written in a language that was not common for people to read. Bibles were very expensive for people to buy and believe it or not they were sometimes chained to the pulpit so no one could take them. That sounds strange I know because at my church they encourage you to take a Bible if you do not own one. His power over the 14th century was that of a conscience captured by the Word of God. Unlike his peers, he denied that men must go through a priest to get to God. Before the time of Jesus we had high priests who would go before God and speak for the people to Him (God) but after Jesus came the story changes you see…
Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
We no longer need a high priest like the Pope because we have a Great High Priest in Jesus who gives us access to the throne room of God. It says it right there in verse 16… “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence…”
Like I said above Wycliffe also believed that everyone should be able to read God’s Holy Word themselves. After all scripture says that…
“16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for correcting, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17)
So if God’s Word is useful for teaching, correcting and training we must first be able to learn from it and not just what the priest wants to teach you. You need to know God’s Word. This however was nearly impossible when you cannot read the language the Bible is written in or could not have a Bible yourself. So Wycliffe a man of industry and academic ability, admired by friend and foe alike who also worked at Oxford and was acknowledge by them to be their leading theologian decided to translate the Bible into English. With the help of Oxford friends, Wycliffe translated the Bible, all 750,000 words, from Latin into English—an immense undertaking. His revolutionary conviction that the average Englishman should be able to read the Bible in the common language threatened the power of the English state-church. It meant that the Bible, rather than the counsel of a state-controlled priest, would mediate Christ to the believer’s conscience. Therefore, his translation threatened the glue that held medieval civilization together, the church’s power to bind men’s consciences. He was consider a heretic, but before he could be arrested, tried, and burnt at the stake, he died of a stroke while saying Mass in 1384.
So before you think to yourself oh great I am supposed to read the Bible everyday?! Remember that one man’s struggle and conviction from God made it possible for you to be able to read it.
All things are possible through God and just think you could do something greater than you could think or imagine for God’s glory all because you were able to grow closer through His living Word!
“You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Luke 1:45. Because you heard from God and waited for it to manifest and believed you are blessed…
The book of Daniel gives us glimpses into the future. This prophecy would take place throughout Daniels life and many things he spoke of happened hundreds of year after they were spoken by Daniel. Daniel never got to see them manifest…In the ninth chapter of Daniel says, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” “Daniel 9:24. What we should know as a beginning to the correctly understanding this prophecy, that in Daniel’s view, those weeks represented years, so the 70 weeks of Daniel represent 490 years -70 times 7 years- that ended with the death of Jesus the Christ. Daniel spoke these things around 457 B.C. If we extract this number to 490 (490-457=33) so, here we see that the 70 weeks of Daniel were completed with the death by crucifixion of Jesus around the year 33 A.D. Continuing on in that chapter, “Yet shall he confirm the covenant with many for one week.” Daniel 9.27. Did Jesus confirm His covenant of love and mercy with Daniel’s people for 7 years? There was a 7 year period between the death of Christ and the time the Gospel was sent out to the Gentiles at the calling of Cornelius. This is the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy.
Later in DANIEL 11:3 it says, “Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.” After the military defeat of Xerxes by the Greeks, a number of additional Persian kings ruled the empire. But Xerxes had set the stage for a strong Greek ruler to arise. This ruler was the Macedonian Alexander the Great, who defeated Persian King Darius III Codomannus in 333 BCE at the battle of Issus (located on the Mediterranean coast in what is now southeast Turkey). This defeat signaled the beginning of the end of the Persian Empire.
At the height of his power, Alexander conquered and ruled an empire that stretched from southern Europe to North Africa to central Asia. But the Greek empire of Alexander was not destined to endure. He fell ill and died on June 10, 323 BCE in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon.
So throughout the life of Daniel there are some compelling things that God spoke to Daniel that Daniel himself did not even have a chance to see fulfilled… The question that pops into my head then is what is God telling you that you think is never going to be fulfilled? Do you think that it is impossible for it to happen? Well when God speaks something into your life sometimes you have to give it time to manifest into reality and not give up so easily because you do not see anything happening right now!
After all when you plant a seed you do not see it pop out of the ground the moment you cover it with dirt, it takes time for the seed to sprout and mature then it bears fruit!
“You are worthy, O Lord our God,
To receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you please.” (Revelation 4:11).
I never really thought or saw this before but, it is important to realize that from the beginning of the Bible (Genesis) to the end of the Bible (Revelations) God is telling us that He created the world. It is also worthy of pointing out that this is one of the hardest topics to witness and prove to people. With the world today teaching our kids evolution and everything else besides intelligent design it is harder and harder to get people to believe in a God they cannot see. Not only that it is hard for them to get them to believe that God spoke something into nothing and from nothing came everything that we currently see. The facts are that while we may not know what to say when someone asks us about these tough questions, the truth is always the same. God did indeed create something from nothing and we are not God’s sales person who needs to convince people of the facts we know are true. God is His own salesman and we are just called to do what we can to be His hands and feet. A hammer does not look at a house and say, “Look at what I just built!” The hammer without the Carpenter is nothing… We are the hammer and as
Genesis 1:1, 2 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
God created it whether we believe it or not that does not change the fact that He is who He is… God is not made smaller by our small view of Him. He is the God who created something out of nothing and gave us the honor to be made in His image. I am challenged every day to see the world God created and see Him in all of it and so should you…
God is bigger than our explanations of Him and I find it refreshing when people do not act like they have all the answers, because we don’t… If I had all the answers to the questions of God then the God you and I serve would not be a Big enough God to serve. I am glad I don’t have all the answers because in that He keeps me coming back to know Him better.
“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).
There is something about being humble yet hungry… We should be happy with where we are but not content to stay there. Humble that God has brought us this far but we should also realize that God has so much more for us than just this…
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20)
God wants to do more than you are I can think or imagine in our lives, and let’s be honest we can all think of great things we would want to happen in our lives. But the kicker is that we have to stay humble… you have to have your heart in the right place and your motives have to be true…
“And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong–you want only what will give you pleasure” (James 4:3)
So to stay humble yet hungry is the key!
We are not static in our nature we are dynamic and always changing. You will wake up tomorrow and you will be a little different than you were the day before. Soon your tomorrow becomes your yesterday that shapes your future, and what did you do with it?
Are you Humble yet Hungry?
God resists the proud because they have no room for Him in their lives, you or I would not be alive without God first. He knew us before we were knitted together in our mother’s womb and He has a plan for us to prosper, but are we to proud to give Him time.
“…Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” (James 4:4)
So if you want to be proud and fed by the worlds standards you make yourself an enemy of God, but if you stay HUMBLE YET HUNGRY God will feed you with the living bread and water.
Don’t be satisfied to stay where you are in your relationship with God but be Humble enough to know that God has you VERY best interest at heart.
STAY HUMBLE YET HUNGRY!