Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 23 Scripture Selection: Nahum 1-3
Food for Thought: Nahum 1:15
A messenger from a distant land bringing good news would have been received in those days with low bows and a foot-washing. In light of the glad tidings, the one washing the feet of the bearer of good news did not see the chore as a demeaning one (though the “lowest” servant of the house would have done it); rather, his or her focus was on the appreciation of the one bringing the tidings. Their feet, though covered with the dirt of the journey, were beautiful for what they brought. In prophetic anticipation, Jesus Himself washed the feet of the ones who were to take the Good News to all the nations.
Nahum had great news for the people of Judah. No longer would the wicked one pass through the land. He was utterly cut off. Similarly, Isaiah announced the good news also proclaiming peace and salvation and declaring that the God of Zion reigns (Is. 52:7). The apostle Paul referred to the Gospel (the almost-too-good-to-be-true news) of peace and the glad tidings of good things through the coming of the Lord Jesus and urged that it be preached to all mankind (Rom. 10:15).
This Gospel is even greater than what the Old Testament believers could have ever experienced or imagined. It is such good news that we really couldn’t keep it quiet. In fact, in the true believers, the Gospel is obvious and shines through our lives, and because of God’s love functioning in us, we would never want to withhold the remedy for the ills of living a life without Jesus. It would be like deliberately concealing the cure for some deadly disease.
All around us there are hurting people, people injured by their exposure to the darkness and the effects of the cursed world. Everyone needs to hear good news, and when our lives reflect God’s love and we are “ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear (I Pet. 3:15),” we become one of those to whom the Bible refers as having beautiful feet. In fact, with the light of Jesus within us, not only are our feet beautiful, but so are our eyes and our whole body as we shine (Mat. 6:22).
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):