We promote ‘REAL’ PEACE only when we proclaim the GOSPEL
September 28 Bible Reading: Nahum Chapters 1-3
"Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off." (Nahum 1:15)
Starting from the above passage (1:15–2:13) Nahum is announcing a prophecy of judgment through a “vision” (1:1; Num. 12:6–8) that he has received from God. The style of writing this section is in the prophetic present tense where future events (that took place later in 612 B.C.) are pictured as if already present. In its context, the above verse describes a messenger who brings the good tidings of Assyria’s destruction and the resulting peace in Judah (Isa. 40:9). The good news is summarized in the word ‘peace’ (Hebrew, shalom), signifying not only the end of hostilities but also the return to normal, abundant living conditions and total well-being!
In the Hebrew text, this verse is joined to the second chapter to continue the narrative of this event. The mountains refer to those that surround Jerusalem. The message is one of deliverance from the oppression of the enemy, which allows the people of Judah to resume their appointed feasts and fulfill their vows without the threat of the wicked one (v. 11). These verses describe how the destruction of Nineveh and the death of Sennacherib will mean ‘good news of peace’ for Judah. Therefore, Judah will be able to perform the vows (Ps. 116:14, 17–19) and keep the solemn feasts, which it has not been able to do at all during Sennacherib’s siege.
The prophet Isaiah refers to a similar deliverance from Babylon when he states the following: 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!" (Isa. 52:7) The destruction of their enemy is good news for God’s people, and is nothing better for God’s people in any age than to live in obedience to Him and in anticipation of His coming deliverance.
The Apostle Paul quotes the passage from Isaiah’s prophecy, and points the ‘good news’ in the context of the ‘gospel of peace’ when he makes this statement: 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!" (Rom. 10:15) This ‘gospel of peace’ refers to the message of spiritual deliverance for humankind by Jesus Christ from the clutches of Satan, which should be heralded by every redeemed child of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the "Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6) came to bring real peace to humankind just as the angels announced to the shepherds: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14) As our suffering Messiah, "the chastisement for our peace was upon Him" (Isa. 53:5), and He ushered in real peace for us by destroying the power of Satan on the cross of Calvary.
The fact is that we are on the winning side, and we will have final victory in the end when "the God of peace will crush Satan under (our) feet shortly" (Rom. 16:20). The certainty of our final victory should encourage us to live in obedience every day: "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Cor. 15:57-58)