8.14.13 — Beautiful Feet … Really?

Romans 10:14-21

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “ How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “ Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

 “ Their voice has gone out to all the earth,

and their words to the ends of the world.”

 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,

 “I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;

with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”

 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

 “I have been found by those who did not seek me;

I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

 But of Israel he says, “ All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” 

 

 

Women are under such pressure to be looked at as beautiful. Our culture has lifted up beauty as a long legged model who wears no cloths, and is in dire need of eating a sandwich. This isn’t beauty; beauty is modesty. Beauty is righteousness, holiness, and joy in the Holy Spirit. We learn here in our text that beauty comes to an individual because of the message that person brings to the world. Does the anorexic plastic model bring a message of hope and rescue to humanity?  Nope, they bring shame, illusion and idolatry in a nice, neat package. If you want to be beautiful, don’t starve yourself and dress immodestly so that the world gives you attention. Rather robe yourself in Christ’s righteousness and tell of his salvation from day to day. This gets the attention of God. 

 

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news.” After all how can a sinner believe upon a Christ whom they have never heard of?

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