I’m as ready as the next gal to go get a pedicure ~ I love getting pedicures! I really need to go get one, and soon! I love the whole experience…soaking my feet in warm soapy water, having someone carefully take each foot out of the water, dry it off, slough off the dead skin (sorry…but you know that’s part of it!), remove the callouses (you know you have them too!) and then…the best part…sweet smelling heated lotion and the foot and leg massage. Ahhhh….. I would seriously pay money just to have someone rub my feet and calves for an hour. I think my husband would let me know since rubbing my feet is not one of his favorite jobs. Oh, and then the nail polish, carefully chosen to match the season or the weekend event. When the foot transformation is complete, I look down at my lovely little toes and smile. “There! My feet are beautiful again!” I exclaim to the pedicurist. “Thank you!” And off I go.
Did you know the Bible talks about beautiful feet? It does indeed ~ but in a bit of a different way. In the Old Testament, Isaiah 52:7 prophecies of how beautiful it will be when the Savior comes to bring the good news of the gospel of peace, to a world that has no idea how desperately they need to hear it. The promise of what is to come seems too good to be true. Take a jump into the New Testament and the apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:15, “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” ~ this was truly a radical statement to the people of Ephesus. Not only was Paul teaching the new Believer’s how to be prepared to fight the battles of Satan and his demons (read more in *Ephesians 6 regarding the whole armor of God) he was making them aware to KEEP the ‘sandals, or shoes, of peace’ on your feet in a state of readiness for whatever comes our way, at ALL times.
It hit me in a fresh new way just this week reading in Ephesians and I love the way the NASB (New American Standard Bible) puts the phrase, “…having shod…” He’s saying, “Listen, you have already put these shoes of peace on because you have been preparing yourself by studying God’s word and by being in a restored & reconciled relationship with Him. So go out and spread the good news of God’s great love.” You know, the word ‘gospel’ was not used in the Old Testament at all. Not once. Thanks to the amazing dvd (session 4) led by Priscilla Shirer in “The Armor of God” bible study curriculum, I learned this fact today. I also checked my handy online bible verse web site and it’s true! Since I used the NASB version in the verse above, we’ll stick with this one and see that the word ‘gospel’ is used 97 times BUT only in the New Testament. As the saying goes, that word was just too good to be true to the early believer’s.
In the Matthew Henry Commentaries**, he writes this with regard to Ephesians 6:15, “It is styled the gospel of peace because it brings all sorts of peace, peace with God, with ourselves, and with one another. It may also be meant of that which prepares for the entertainment of the gospel, namely, repentance. With this our feet must be shod: for by living a life of repentance we are armed against temptations to sin, and the designs of our great enemy.” This kind of revelation to Jews and Gentiles of that time, seemed too good to be true. That we could truly be reconciled to relationship with Abba, our Heavenly Father.
So take a moment, soak your feet in the comforting pages of scripture, allow the Lord to slough off the rough parts of your soul, and massage His grace and peace that He freely gives to you, into your hearts and minds. Prepare to put on the majestic colors of the gospel of peace and walk confidently, declaring the beauty of God’s love and the truth of His Word.