Thomas Carlyle said, “Great men are the inspired texts of the book of history.”
A follower of Christ lived in a country where religious persecution was rampant. “Bible” is what they called him there. He looked much older than he actually was, because of the persecution he endured.
The authorities came to his town, rounded up all Christians, and searched their homes for Bibles and religious literature. They burned all they found in the town square, declaring them to be the work of foreign devils. Eventually, the entire country was “purged” of Bibles and Christian literature.
But “Bible” was determined that he wasn’t going to lose his only copy of God’s Word. Certain that the police would eventually find his Bible, he made himself a copy. It took him five long years to produce his own handwritten copy. He secreted the book by placing sections and chapters in various places, so that if some were found, not all would be lost.
But “Bible” did more. He became a “walking Bible” – and hence the nickname which people gave to him. Everywhere that “Bible” went, the Word was sure to go. And where the Word of God went, so did encouragement, comfort, and hope.
In 1 Corinthians 10:11, Paul spoke of historical examples.
Then, we are told how we are to be examples:
holiness (1 Peter 1:15);
purity (1 John 3:3);
love (John 13:34);
humility (Luke 22:27);
obedience (John 15:10);
self-denial (Matthew 16:24);
service to others (Matthew 20:28);
forgiveness (Colossians 3:13);
suffering (1 Peter 2:21 – 23).
“Lives of good men all remind us
That we can make our lives sublime
And in departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time” (Longfellow).
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