February 2016

 

Monthly topical artices kindly supplied by a regular visiting               

speaker from Northampton: Stan Burditt.

 

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                                                             VIEW FROM THE PULPIT                     February 2016

Heritage      The village of Naseby is about a dozen miles from our home and is famous for the Battle that took place there in 1645 between Charles 1st army of Cavaliers and Oliver Cromwell’s ‘Roundhead’ army. Fundamentally, it was between Catholic and Protestant pursuasions and in whose hands government should be, either with the Monarchy or Parliament.

The villagers of Naseby are hoping to get a ‘Visitors Heritage Centre’ constructed at the site where a Monument presently marks  the fields where this momentous climax of the civil war took place. Wikipedia gives good text and illustrations of what happened there, also telling us that the Poet John Milton (Paradise Lost) wrote a song in favour of Cromwell. Former Prime Minister Lord Rosebury is alledged to be the anonymous donor of the Cromwell Statue that stands in the Palace of Westminster grounds, which is a fitting reminder to all who pass by, of the cost of our Parliamentary heritage. This heritage has been shared by other countries throughout the world. Perhaps Cromwell would have gone totally Republican in the few years that he was Protector, but that did not happen and Monarch and Parliament began together to govern, and does so to this present day, with no Catholic Monarch allowed to take the throne.

Half a century after Cromwell, during the eightennth century God raised up men like John Wesley and George Whitfield, whose preaching probably saved England from a bloody revolution that France experienced.

At Gwennap Pit, 5 miles south east of Redruth in the county of Cornwall, it is said that Wesley preached to 5000 people, mainly tin miners at 5.00 am with many turning to Christ. Gwennnap Pit is now a World Heritage site with other Cornish and Devon mines.

 

In the Caribbean islands one can hear children sing a song about Christopher Columbus and 1492. The Educational Cyber Playground web site shows some of these songs, the one that I heard was ‘In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue.He had three ships and left from Spain;He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain. He sailed by night; he sailed by day;He used the stars to find his way.A compass also helped him know How to find the way to go.Ninety sailors were on board;Some men worked while others snored. Then the workers went to sleep; And others watched the ocean deep. Day after day they looked for land; They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand. October 12 their dream came true, ‘You never saw a happier crew!’ Six more verses follow.

Antigua has a heritage site at English Harbour where Nelson had his dockyard and fortifications against the Spanish War Ships. Officers quarters are still standing built with London Stock bricks, which were carried on the return journey of the cotton and sugar shipping from the islands. The Harbour itself is a masterpiece, secreted from the view of passing ships and safe from violent storms.

The Oxford English Dictionary gives three interesting meanings of heritage. (1) Property that is or maybe inherited; an inheritance. (2) Valued things such as historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations, of special value and worthy of preservation. (3) A special or individual possession; an alloted portion, God’s chosen people (the People of Israel , or the Christian Church). It is refreshing in this day and generation to read about things that matter and have valued quality. Some people have little thought or care about who did what to provide a better future for others.

 

The Bible confirms what the Oxford Dictionary say about Israel’s heritage and the Christian Church. The first mention of heritage in the Bible is in Ex 6:8  “And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.” There are religious groups that say that Israel are finished, that they have no future or possession. Arab nations want to drive the Nation of Israel from their heritaged possession of the land, they would push them into the sea, but God has promised them a future and the land.

King David wrote in Ps 16:6  “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” God had promised that David’s seed would occupy the throne of Israel in perpertuity, a goodly heritage.

In Psalm 127:3 we read, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:” Sadly for some people children are not looked upon as a Godly heritage, some abort them in the womb, fathers abandon both wife and children to find their own way in life, often with disastrous consequences.

 

There is only one mention of heritage in the New Testament, found in 1Pe 5:3  “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” Quite appropriately the Church is God’s possession, He purchased it with the blood of His Son. Some people think that the Church is a building of bricks and motar, or stone., it is not, it is made up of people, boys and girls, men and women who are born again, out of every nation on earth. When a person repents of their sin against God, and believes that Jesus died on the cross on account of their sin, and calls upon God in prayer for forgiveness, that moment, they are born again and become a member of the Church which belongs to God. There is no man on earth who is head of the Church but God has entrusted men to care for believers in fellowship in a local Church, not as lords but ensamples to the Christians in their care.  God bless.

 

Stan Burditt