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"One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25b ESV
While working in the Slave Trades, a young sailor named John Newton* was sold into slavery in 1745 as a result of an argument with Officers of the Royal Navy.
He became the slave of African Princess Peye, who treated him horribly until he was rescued in 1778 and returned to England. John's prayers had been answered.
As the ship named Greyhound that was carrying Nerwton home to England became in peril of sinking in a storm off the Irish coast, John again prayed and asked the Lord that he and the ship be spared. The Lord answered his prayer to again be spared and the storm ceased.
Newton would later become a Captain in the shipping of the English Slave Trades until his later and complete spiritual conversion for the rescues that the Lord had earlier provided for him. He then quit the slave trades and became an abolishist and an evangelical Anglican priest.
Thirty-seven years (1788) after he quit the slaves trades, he published a phamphlet "Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade", which began a national political conversation to end slavery, which eventually occured with the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.
The Lord had saved his life, and John's later actions would eventually save other lives. As to the total cost in human lives and misery caused by the Slave Trades, only God Himself knows.
A poem now know as the lyrics of the hymn "Amazing Grace" was penned by Newton in 1772 as his thanks to the Lord for saving him physically and spiritually.
The poem is presented below and interlaced between lines with appropiate bible verses for your reflection.
"..we have all recieved
grace upon grace" John 1:16 ESV
How sweet the sound,
("A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul," Proverbs 13:19 NIV)
That saved a wretch like me!
("For it is by grace you have been saved," Ephesians 2:8 ESV)
I once was lost,
(“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked," Ephesians 2:1 ESV)
but now am found,
("For from His fullness we have all recieved grace upon grace" John 1:16 ESV)
Was blind, but now I see.
("One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”." John 9:25b ESV)
**Amazing Grace - Poem by John Newton, 1772 - Public Domain, Non-Commercial.
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