Beautiful Feet

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“Behold upon the mountains the feet of him

that bringeth good tidings,

that publisheth peace!

O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows:

for the wicked shall no more pass through thee;

he is utterly cut off.”

Nahum 1:15.

Listening to the news and looking at the world around us peace appears to have disappeared. Judah must have felt the same way as Nineveh had long forgotten the revival of Jonah’s day. Returning to their old ways promised the wrath of God to fall on them. But in the meantime, Judah had no peace.

Today wickedness flourishes again. Many grow disheartened by the turmoil of this world. But we who are in Christ Jesus have heard the good tidings that publish peace. You won’t find it authored in the newspapers or hear it on the evening news.

It’s revealed in the word of God, ushered in by the infant, Jesus.

“And the angel said unto them,

Fear not:

for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,

which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,

which is Christ the Lord…

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace,

good will toward men.”

Luke 2:10-11,14.

Isaiah spoke of this peace hundreds of years before its advent into our world.

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him

that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace;

that bringeth good tidings of good,

that publisheth salvation;

that saith unto Zion,

Thy God reigneth!”

Isaiah 52:7

We receive peace with God through Christ when we believe in His saving work on the cross. There is no peace apart from God.

“Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:

By whom also we have access by faith

into this grace wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:1-2.

Followers of Christ have a peace the world cannot have because we know the author and finisher of our faith. He brought us into faith and He will carry us through to the end.

“let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

looking unto Jesus

the author and finisher of our faith;

who for the joy that was set before him

endured the cross, despising the shame,

and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:1b-2.

Nahum’s prophecy for Judah’s peace rested on believing the word of God. Nineveh would be destroyed.

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble;

and he knoweth them that trust in him.

But with an overrunning flood

he will make an utter end of the place* thereof,

and darkness shall pursue his enemies…

for the wicked shall no more pass through thee;

he is utterly cut off.”

Nahum 1:7-8,15b.

The prophet Zechariah tells us of another day coming when our Lord will stand with beautiful feet on a mountain bringing a sword against His enemies as He ushers in everlasting peace.

“Then shall the LORD go forth,

and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives,

which is before Jerusalem on the east,

and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof

toward the east and toward the west,

and there shall be a very great valley;

and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north,

and half of it toward the south.”

Zechariah 14:3-4.

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword,

that with it he should smite the nations

…his…name…KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS…

and I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies,

gathered together to make war

against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet

that wrought miracles before him,

with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast,

and them that worshipped his image.

These both were cast alive into ta lake of fire burning with brimstone.

And the remnant were slain

with the sword of him that sat upon the horse,

which sword proceeded out of his mouth:

and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Revelation 19:15-21.

Until that day the last enemies of the Lord are defeated, we wait in hope, in peace, knowing the word of the Lord is true. But in the waiting we need to walk with beautiful feet proclaiming the gospel of peace.

“FOR WHOSOEVER

SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

SHALL BE SAVED.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?

As it is written,

HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEM

THAT PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE,

AND BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!”

Romans 10:13-15.

Do you have the God of peace with you? Read Philippians 4:6-9. Meditate on these things.


*Speaking of Nineveh

 

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