Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! – He is bringing a message of peace. – Nahum 1:15
Micah delivered a frightening message to the city of Nineveh and the people of Assyria in which God stated the coming judgment on that nation/city for their evil and mistreatment of people. The entire book of Nahum is such a message. It gives one reason to pause and consider the justness of God and the fact that he does not let the guilty go unpunished for their wrongs. On the other hand, the prophet also stated to the people of Judah that a messenger was coming to them with good news and a message of peace.
Right in the heart of a terrible message of gloom and doom, there is a ray of light, a ray of hope. The people of Israel had been exiled into Assyria for their rebellion against God through idol worship. They suffered enslavement at the hand of their Assyrian captors, for which God later punished that nation. The ray of hope is a prophetic message that there was one coming to God’s people, who had a message of hope – a message of good news! Well, that message of good news can also be translated “gospel.” The one coming over the mountains of Judah bearing good news in a message of peace is none other than Jesus himself.
The apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the church in Rome that the prophet Isaiah wrote, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15) Did you notice that Isaiah wrote about the gospel of peace? What did we say was the meaning of gospel – “Good News”? Of course! Even the prophets and apostles knew of the message of good news of peace. Furthermore, what was the message that Jesus gave to the apostles prior to his ascension? Did he not tell them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.(Mark 16:15)? Yes, Jesus told the apostles to preach the Good News to everyone! Jesus preached the Good News of the kingdom of God everywhere he went.
Paul even went on elsewhere to say that we are to put on the armor of God, which includes having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel [good news] of peace. (Ephesians 6:15) Again, do you notice that Paul uses the very same language as Nahum – gospel (good news/message) of peace? Jesus is the Prince of Peace! It astonishes me that God expects us to suit up for battle by preparing our feet with good news contained in a message of peace! Does this not align with the prior message of Paul that the only way people can learn of Jesus and the good news he bears except that messengers are sent out among the masses and tell them the good news of the message of peace? (Romans 10:9-15) We should take a moment today and worship God through our praise by thanking him for sending Jesus with the Good News of the kingdom of God – that we can have a restored relationship with God and do so for eternity through Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection – and that he continues to send out messengers even today in order that others may learn of the Good News and become part of the family and kingdom of God!
Father, allow me to take this moment and just give you much thanks for sending Jesus, your Son, to us with the good news of eternal life through him. Without his love and sacrifice, none of us would be able to have a parent-child relationship and friendship with you! You have continued to share and spread this good news through a message of peace by those in your family, who have chosen to be obedient and do what you desire. IF those messengers were never sent, they could never deliver the message. IF those messengers never declared the message, no one would ever hear of you. IF those messengers never declared your word, no one could believe in you. IF those messengers never went out, people could never call on you and be saved. I am thankful that people listened to you and shared the message of peace with me that turned my heart toward you and lead me to salvation. You’re the greatest! I love you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.