Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Great-Grandfather's Notes

Today I pulled my great-grandfather's Bible off the shelf to show it to my youngest son. My GG studied the Bible intensely.

This quote is taped to the inside of the front cover.

It shall greatly help ye to understand scripture if thou mark not only what is spoken or wrytten, but of whom—and to whom, with what words—at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances considering what goeth before and what followeth. Words of Miles Coverdale.

Take a look at Genesis. That's his tiny—and I mean TINY—quill pen handwriting on the top and all around the word "Genesis".

Here is Romans. His notes appear on the top and in the margins, and if you click on the picture, you can see them in the text.

His notes and diagram of Revelation. You can click on any of these pictures to make larger
(...and see where he stood on pre-trib/post-trib)

Taped into his Bible are 2 pages of notes on Evolution.

From the top it says...

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray.

He lists verses that guide one in the knowledge of how to be saved.

I notice from his notes that he often referenced the early languages of the Bible (Hebrew and Greek) One family member told me he was a friend of James Vernon McGee.

I never knew this Bible existed until one day many years ago, I called my grandmother's sister's husband, Dick West. (My father's mother's side of the family) He lived alone, as my great-aunt had passed away. I had never spoken with him before, because they lived on the east coast. We had a great conversation...we just clicked. He had long career as a newspaper journalist. He said, "I have something you might like. It's your great-grandfather's Bible." He mailed it to me. (Dick and Aunt Rene did not have any children.) Dick passed away shortly after that. How I wish I had known him better!

While I'm on this topic, it's a good idea to connect with your older relatives. They may not be around much longer, and they might be able to tell you some interesting family history.

My grandfather had a Bible full of notes—and I have journals full of notes. I've written since the age of 12. (but not every day!) I've been looking for a new journal, but many of them have two few pages or an odd looking cover. Finally, when I was least expecting it, I saw it. In the clearance bin of Ross.

Here it is on my bed.

On the cover it says, "Walk by Faith" and on the inside it says "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing." from Romans 15:13. This is printed at the bottom of every page.

It's the perfect journal because I've been asking God for a stronger faith. Remember the man who said to Jesus, "I believe! Help my unbelief!" That's me. And now I have a place to record what happens to me on this quest.

Have a nice day!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope...." Romans 15:13


Karen said...

What a precious treasure you have in that Bible! I just know your Great-Grandfather would be pleased that you have it now...

Love the new journal....

Susan Skitt said...

Oh wow - I got chills reading this - what a wonderful heritage and record of a man of God who studied the Word - what a treasure to keep and to share with your family and others! Praise God - he was right on!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us, I loved clicking on the pictures to read up close!

Dawn said...

Oh, my goodness, what a wonderful wonderful gift you received when you inherited that Bible - your great grandfather was a godly man who truly loved his Bible.

And I really love your new journal - God directed you to Ross that day!