June 24 – 1519 = Birth of Theodore Beza in Vezelay France.
2 Kings 2:9 “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you’. And Elisha said, ‘Please let there be a double portion of your spirit upon me’.”
John Calvin often is remembered as a the great leader of Geneva and the founder of the Academy at Geneva, but there is another man who deserves credit for those accomplishments too. Theodore Beza, who was born June 24, 1519. Beza was a French man who had tremendous learning, but became convinced of the truths of the Reformation much to the consternation of his family. He went into the ministry and taught first at the school in Lausana region of Switzerland, which was led by Pierre Viret. It was his great work there that brought him to the attention of Calvin and the authorities at Geneva. He was the logical choice to head up the new project of the Academy at Geneva. Beza labored along side of Calvin and after Calvin’s death became the main leader of Geneva. Beza served the Lord in many ways, but his labor at the Genevan Academy may be the one that gave him the broadest sphere of influence as men from Geneva, other parts of Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and even Germany came to learn at the prestigious institution. Beza taught faithfully the word of God and was part of the process of forming the wood into arrows to be shot back out by the churches.
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