JENNY GEDDES AND HER THREE LEGGED STOOL
I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (Psalm 78:2-4)
INTRODUCTION: BIBLE PROTESTANTISM HAS A GLORIOUS HISTORY. It is an epic story of a deadly struggle from under the heel of the Roman system to the glorious liberty of the sons of God. In our ecumenical and apostate age, this story needs to be retold that the battle may continue. This is the eighteenth of a number of posts (hence entitled: Protestant22) and is just another shot fired in this great battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. We are deliberately aiming at brevity, leaving it to other works (listed later) to satisfy any hunger for further information. These pages may therefore be viewed as tasty appetisers. May God give us the faith of these old Protestants who loved not their lives unto death and of whom, the world in its sin, was not worthy.
JENNY GEDDES AND HER THREE LEGGED STOOL!
Although not strictly a Reformation event, yet we include it here as an example of a good old Protestant spirit alive and well after the deeds of earlier times. In 1637 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the minister of St Giles tried to introduce the English Prayer Book, which although drawn up by the English Reformers, nevertheless still retained some Popish features. Jenny Geddes, a street trader, threw her stool at the head of the minister when he commenced reading it. She cried: "Deil colic the wame o’ ye, fause thief; daur ye say Mass in my lug?" meaning "The Devil cause you severe pain and flatulent distention of your abdomen, false thief: dare you say the Mass in my ear?"
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