“before I was humbled I was like a stone lying in deep mire…” Patrick of Ireland
Ireland has a very distinctive history. It was an island untouched by the Roman legions, and Patrick, the Evangelist, brought to it the Gospel of grace. Patrick was himself descended from a family that had been, for two generations at least, in Christ Jesus. His father, he tells us was “the deacon Calpurnius, son of the late Potitus, a presbyter, of the settlement of Bannaven Taburniae.”1 These facts are recorded in Patrick’s own testimony of faith. This authentic document is preserved in five manuscripts: one in the Book of Armagh of the seventh century, the second in the Cotton Library of the tenth century, a third in the French monastery of St. Vedastus, and two more in the Cathedral Library of Salisbury. This authenticated document is the…
13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the [fn]presence of the serpent. 15 And the serpent [fn]poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. 16 [fn]But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon [fn]poured out of his mouth. 17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her [fn]children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
(12:5) Or, shepherd
(12:5) Or, Gentiles
(12:6) Literally: they would nourish her for
(12:9) Literally: inhabited earth
(12:11) Literally: to death
(12:12) Or, tabernacle
(12:14) Literally: face
(12:15) Literally: threw
(12:16) Literally: And
(12:16) Literally: threw
(12:17) Literally: seed
Intro to a tiny gallery
The woman is given a gift of wings – of flight! Her crown of twelve stars remains in place as she flees the dragon and the flood he sends after her. Both images portray the dragon’s strange head, a single dominating head and six servile ones. Monstrous indeed but the woman is safe!
A tiny gallery
Bamberg Apocalypse Folio 031v Dragon Pursuing Woman In Wilderness
Apokalipsis Trekhtolkoviy (1909) 35 – Dragon and the Woman
My name is Maria. I’ve been writing for many years, blogging for several. Recently I’ve been absent from my blog. I write fiction of different kinds, poetry, and blogposts. My desire is to encourage others in their faith.
I took Pilgrim’s Progress for my theme because it’s the story of coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, walking the narrow way with Him, and arriving safe in Heaven because of His boundless power. Pilgrim’s Progress is also the theme of my second blog, a palace beautiful, which is devoted to encouragement without controversy.
Mercy, grace, and peace be multiplied to you who believe in Him Who is our God and Saviour!
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.14 Because narrow is the gate anddifficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.