As long as I can remember I’ve been a flip-flop and tennis shoe wearer; but after years of trying, my wife finally convinced me to buy a pair of cowboy boots last week. Had I known how beautiful, comfortable, and supportive they are to my feet, I’d have been born wearing them! (Sorry Mom).
Cowboy boots are amazing! Now I wear them all the time. I’ve even worn them to bed a couple of times. And if I may say so, they look really good.
Isaiah 52:7 reads, 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!”
Honestly, feet are not very beautiful unless they’re in cowboy boots. Yet the Bible calls the feet of those who bring good news beautiful. Their feet aren’t attractive, but are made attractive by the news they carry.
For 43 years, the Athenians and Persians had been at war. Finally in 490 BC, a runner was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to proclaim the Greeks had defeated the Persians. The runner’s pathway was largely uphill and a difficult 26 mile journey. When he arrived in Athens, the herald shouted, “Victory!” and died. The man who ran the first “marathon” died bringing good news, but how lovely his feet must have been to the war-weary Athenians!
When Isaiah wrote, he was looking forward to the Good News of salvation in Jesus. Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).