Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Wise Quote from Samuel Rutherford

"When I find myself in the cellar of affliction, I always look about for the wine."

A little history on Samuel Rutherford. He was born around 1600 near the borders area of Scotland. He was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and author.

His most famous work is Lex, Rex, a political book presenting a theory of limited government and constitutionalism.

After the Restoration of Charles II of England, the authorities burned Lex, Rex and cited Rutherford for high treason, but his death intervened before the charge could be tried, lucky for him!

He was also one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. This group of righteous men was appointed by England's Long Parliament in order to restructure the Church of England. They met for six years from 1643-1649. Out of this assembly came the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms, the Directory of Public Worship, and the Confession of Faith. These are the major confessional standards of the Presbyterian faith, of which I am an adherent.

Andrew Bonar, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland, edited Samuel Rutherford's letters. Andrew was the youngest brother of Horatius Bonar, the great hymnist, whose songs we sing including Blessing and Honor, Here Oh My Lord I See Thee Face to Face, Not What My Hands Have Done, No Not Despairingly, Thy Works Not Mine O Christ, When The Weary Seeking Rest, and Yes, For Me He Careth and many, many more.

So the next time life gives you sour grapes, remember Samuel Rutherford and look for the vintage bottle of wine


Jeannette said...

Encouraging and full of interesting history...thank you. Blessing and honor is a wonderful hymn.

wayside wanderer said...

I like that. Wine instead of whine. :) I remember reading about Lex, Rex in Never Before in History.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

This is a quote I will be sure to hold onto!

I love the picture of the wine bottles; is it one of yours?


p.s. postcard in the mail tomorrow!

debbie bailey said...

Yes, Frances, it is. I grabbed the old milk carton full of wine, dragged it into the laundry room, and took the photo.

Can't wait to get your postcard!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Wow,I'm so impressed! It really is a wonderful photograph.

I mailed the postcard today. Being sick last week put me behind, but I'm back on track now.


debbie bailey said...

Well, thanks! Glad you're feeling better. I can't wait to get your postcard! With a wedding coming up in two weeks, I haven't had time to work on yours. You may end up getting a pre-made local one.