The Story of Martin Luther Part 1Martin Luther was born to a family of miners Lord, we dedicateon November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany. this child to Thee!His parents dedicated their first son to God andnamed him after St. Martin of Tours. St. Martinwas a soldier who had converted to Christianityin fourth century France. He had brought thelove of Jesus to the people and destroyed the oldpagan temples. Amen! Martin’s mother had a large family toMartin started school when he feed.was five. His teachers were RomanCatholic monks, who lived in a It’s not easy having enough foodmonastery. to feed such a large family. Take this to school, Martin, for your lunch.Martin often sang in the Martin was a goodstreets to earn money to pay student and learnedfor his meals and his books. Latin, the language in which all of the important books were written in those days, including the Bible. (The Bible was not yet translated into German.) Deo gratias is Latin for “Thank God.”
The monks taught the children that if they Martin always felt like God waswanted to go to heaven when they died, they angry with him. Though he hadhad to pay for their sins by doing good works learned about God, he didn’t under-and praying to the saints. stand that God is love (1 John 4:8). To avoid God’s God feels punishment, you must so very far not sin. away.The only time he felt close to God was Martin would often sing as he walked.when he walked by himself through the One day while passing by a church—woods. When I sing, I don’t feel sad.Everything is so beautiful.It’s as if God is everywhere! Excuse me, young man. Who taught you I just like to sing! Would you like to to sing like that? I often earn a few sing in my choir? coins by singing in the streets.No one taught me, I’d be very glad sir. to, sir!
And that’s when Martin received his first training to sing, a skill that God was going towonderfully use later on. Martin also learned to play the flute and the lute, a stringedinstrument which is similar to a guitar.Martin was a brilliant student, and One of the greatest events of Martin’s lifecontinued his education at the happened one day at the university.University of Erfurt, where he eventuallystudied to become a lawyer.Martin, with your quick mind, you’llsoon know every detail of the law. Hmm, the Holy Bible. This is probably an interesting book. Thank you, sir. I think I’ll read it.“For God did not send his Son into the Why didn’t someone tell me world to condemn the world, but in before that the Bible says this? order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17 ESV). From then on, Martin was deeply Fascinating! I wonder if that interested in reading the Bible to learn means I can be saved, even more about God and how to please Him. though I’m so bad?
Before continuing on You are as good with your lute as youwith advanced studies, are with your books.Martin Luther went tospend a brief holidaywith his parents andfriends. Ha! Ha!My son is a fine young man. Here’s to Martin! May he becomeHe’s a scholar. Why, even I one of the greatest lawyers in call him “sir.” all of Germany! Prost! Ha, ha, ha! Prost!I’m honored Thank you, my friends. But God had other plans for him. During the journey back to the university:Don’t worry, Martin, it’s Suddenly, lightningjust a summer storm. struck!We’ll make itback safely.We must find shelter!
Franz? Franz! I must earn forgiveness. OhAaugh… God, I promise to Oh no! He’s dead! God must be angry! become a monk.And so, Martin, afraid of death, Life in a monastery is very hard, my son. There is little food, littledecided to leave his family and his sleep, many long prayers, andcareer, and joined the Augustinian much hard work. Are you preparedMonastery at Erfurt. for this type of life?What do you want, my son? I beg your mercy and God’s mercy, Father. I want to become a monk. Yes, Father. I’ll do all I can!Martin thought that he He went without food for He would gocould earn God’s mercy days at a time and lay on begging sometimesthrough his good works. And the cold stone floor for for days on end.how hard he tried! He did hours saying long prayers.everything he was told and Alms,2much more. please? Hear me, O 2 money given to almighty God! help the poor