Terror to the Enemy, Comfort to the People

As we end Nahum 1, note the last verse of chapter 1.

1:15 says, “Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts O’ Judah, fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you, he is utterly cut off.”

Does this sounds familiar to you? It should.

Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God Reigns!”

Let me read one more passage, Romans 10:15, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

See what’s happening here? There is a two-sided coin for us to see here. When the beautiful feet bring the good news, terror enters the enemy, and comfort enters the people of God. Nahum meant for it to be a comfort to Judah that Nineveh would be overthrown, they would never again enslave, abuse, or treat them harshly. Nahum meant for it to be a terror to Nineveh that the feet who bring news of its destruction would be beautiful, because it means their destruction is sure, it is a declaration of victory before the battle has even happened. Isn’t amazing to see Paul employ this same language in regard to the gospel intending the same meaning? When the beautiful feet bring the gospel, comfort and terror go into the hearts of men. This is the two-sided coin of the gospel response.

Where are you in this? Does the gospel bring comfort to your soul? Or does hearing what Nahum is saying about this Divine Warrior bring terror to your bones?

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