Isaiah 52:7 proclaims: How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation . . .
This verse was speaking to the deliverance of Jerusalem. It was referring to a point in the history of Israel when Cyrus had decided to release the Jews from centuries of bondage in Babylon and allow them to return home and rebuild the temple. The image it projects is one of the messenger standing amidst the ruins of Jerusalem proclaiming the good news. It was a glorious thing to behold for those people and Isaiah described it eloquently and beautifully.
At the time of its writing the people were oppressed and depressed and in the midst of their suffering, lo and behold, here comes a messenger telling them they will be redeemed.
As I was studying this passage this morning it reminded me of the parallels between the United States and its steady march towards becoming a socialist state and the demise of Israel. They are similar in nature, in that Israel had been greatly blessed by God, but turned its back on Him preferring the lusts of this world which led to its ultimate destruction and the enslavement of its people. In plain English Israel fell because of the sin that was so pervasive in their culture. In essence they turned away from God and rejected His laws. The harsh penalty was that their land and their liberty were taken away from them.
The United States was founded by Godly men who revered God and made Him the center of our nation and our lives. As a result, we prospered as never before. Today we have taken His name from the public square, we will not allow our children to pray, we have legalized homosexual marriage, we have allowed the murder of some 60 million babies in the womb, and our society has become a morass of violence, immorality, addictions, and the pursuit of evil.
Unfortunately, the Bible verifies that history repeats itself. The Book of Judges records numerous times the nation of Israel was faithful to God and prospered greatly, only to turn from Him and be devastated. Then they would suffer greatly for decades and ultimately repent of their sins and turn back to him, and once again prosper.
Must we follow in their footsteps and suffer the wrath of God upon our nation?
There is a remnant of true believers in God who are fighting to prevent the collapse of our nation. The coming election will determine to a large extent whether or not our course can be changed.
There is only one way we can prosper as a nation or individually, and that is to quit following the world and begin following Jesus Christ and make Him LORD of our lives.
God is calling a myriad of people to carry the good news of Jesus Christ to the people. Has He called on you to witness to that person that you know in your heart desperately needs Jesus Christ’s message of love and salvation?
When He says: “GO”, do you say “NO”?
In Romans 10:14 the Apostle Paul said: How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
We are all sent to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. Don’t allow peer pressure or anything else to deter you from delivering this important missive.
Selah . . .
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
August 29 2016 – Click here to listen