GOOD NEWS Nahum 1:7-15
Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off. (v15)
World news bombards us from the Internet, television, radio, and mobile devices. The majority seems to describe what’s wrong – crime, terrorism, war, and economic problems. Yet there are times when good news invades the darkest hours of sadness and despair – stories of unselfish acts, a medical breakthrough, or steps towards peace in war – scarred places.
The words of two men recorded in the Old Testament of the Bible brought great hope to people weary of conflict. While describing God’s coming judgment on a ruthless and powerful nation, Nahum said “Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace.” (Nahum 1:15) That news brought hope to all those oppressed by cruelty. A similar phrase occurs in the book of Isaiah.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation (Isaiah 52:7) Nahum and Isaiah’s prophetic words of hope found their ultimate fulfillment at the first Christmas when the angel told the shepherds,
MEDITATE ON: “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11) The most important headline in our lives every day is the very best news ever spoken – Christ the Saviour is born.-Rejoice – meditate
The birth of Jesus is the best news the world has ever received. (ODB)