Even our FEET are ‘BEAUTIFUL’ when we SHARE the GOSPEL
August 2 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 52-54
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns!" (Isaiah 52:7)
These verses announce the release of Israel from Babylonian captivity. While Israel was in captivity, God’s earthly sovereignty was not recognized, but when the Jews returned to rebuild their city, His earthly rule was reestablished. However, the day is coming when His rule will be reestablished for all eternity. The deliverance of Jerusalem (Zion) is a picture of the eventual redemption of the world by Jesus Christ!
The watchmen (v. 8) announce the coming of messengers with the good news (v. 7) that the Lord has bared His holy arm (v. 10) and delivered Jerusalem (v. 9). As a result, the Jews are commanded to leave their bondage, and the commands follow a progression: “Listen!” (51:1); “Awake!” (51:17; 52:1) and “Depart!” (52:11). Messengers run from the scene of battle across the hills to Zion with the good news that God reigns!
The theme of God’s deliverance for His people now reaches its greatest expression in Jesus Christ who will suffer for the sins of His people, and by extension that of the whole world. The prophet foresees the Millennium, when Jerusalem will once again be the holy city, and the uncircumcised and the unrighteous will no longer enter her gates. The vision is of the feet of the one who runs from the scene of battle across mountains to the city waiting for news (2 Sam. 18:26). The glorious message of this runner is salvation, meaning “victorious deliverance” (49:8). This is called the gospel or, good news or, glad tidings!
Prophet Isaiah is symbolically speaking about the evangelists will who announce the salvation message through the gospel of Jesus Christ! To bring good tidings means to “preach” or “carry good news.” It certainly anticipates the gospel of the New Testament that results in peace and salvation for one and all.
Paul quotes this verse in Romans 10:15 with direct reference to preaching the gospel: And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!" The good news of God’s message is that of peace and salvation, the basis of the name Jesus!
The good news of peace and salvation prophesied by Isaiah was effectively delivered by Jesus Christ. The gospel is good news for sinners who stand under the judgment of God! Through Jesus Christ, every sinner can have forgiveness of sins and peace with God (Acts 13:38; Rom. 5:1; 6:23), and this salvation is a free gift of God’s grace! (Eph. 2:3–9)