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Day 5: Beautiful Feet, Beautiful News

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Isaiah 52:7-12 (NIV)

7 How beautiful on the mountains

are the feet of those who bring good news,

who proclaim peace,

who bring good tidings,

who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,

“Your God reigns!”

8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;

together they shout for joy.

When the Lord returns to Zion,

they will see it with their own eyes.

9 Burst into songs of joy together,

you ruins of Jerusalem,

for the Lord has comforted his people,

he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm

in the sight of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth will see

the salvation of our God.

11 Depart, depart, go out from there!

Touch no unclean thing!

Come out from it and be pure,

you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house.

12 But you will not leave in haste

or go in flight;

for the Lord will go before you,

the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Reflection

How good is the news that our God has come to rescue! Verse 7 describes these tidings in five ways:  good news, proclamation of peace, good tidings, proclamation of salvation and the message “Your God reigns!” The watchmen are not at their posts to see the approaching enemy that will end up sacking them, but to witness the coming of the Lord, to shout with joy, calling on the rubble of a broken city to burst into song. Not only is this message of hope itself beautiful, but so are the messengers, those racing over the hills. And that is what we as His church are called to. We are to be the beautiful messengers. As those who have experienced this salvation, we are called to join in this song, in the shouts of joy, and in the carrying of this good news.

Responding to the Transmission

Our God reigns! We rejoice in this. But this is not just for us. Others are supposed to hear and join in this rejoicing. Broken cities are to burst into songs of joy. Let’s pray today for our churches to be the carriers of this good news, that we would not keep this to ourselves, but shout with joy and invite others to join in. Our Lord has come and He is here to stay.

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