1999-01-25 - A Holy Alphabet, Introduction
The Holy Alphabet Series
How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, 'Your God Reigns'
Throughout the history of the Christian church the alphabet has been used in the equipping of the saints. It is largely out of use today, but this does not mean it is unhelpful.
Starting tomorrow, I intend to begin a 24 week Tuesday series on the holy alphabet. I recently purchased a book in London which includes, as a shorter work, at the back, a holy alphabet. It was done by Robert Port, a minister in the mid-17th century. I will quote the small bit he wrote on each letter and then comment.
The work I will be using is very rare. In fact, the copy in my possession is probably the only one that exists outside of Britain, where only two other copies exist. It was published in 1655, never re-published, and is the authors only known work. I hope that looking a little at this work will not only be useful to you and I as we seek to grow in grace but also insightful into the holy thoughts of a bygone time.
To get you into the mindset of a holy alphabet, and what they are, I share with you a holy alphabet published in 1777, as a New England Primer, during the time of the establishing of the United States.
(Parenthesis are all my additions)
Soli Deo Gloria,