Thursday, October 19, 2017

Calvin: silence gives consent

Thursday, October 19, 2017
    Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812
I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips,
    as you know, O LORD.
I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
    from the great assembly.
    —Psalm 40:9-10 (NIV)
    A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), in a letter, Calvin: his life, his labours, and his writings, Laurence Louis Felix Bungener, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1863, p. 205 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 40:9-10; 119:171-172; Luke 2:30-32; 3:6; Acts 20:20-21,27; 1 Thess. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the words to refute Your adversaries.
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