Romans 10:15: Biblical Foot Fetishism
In 490 B.C. the Greek soldier Pheidippides ran about 25 miles from a town called Marathon to Athens to announce the news that the Greek army had defeated the Persians. Upon arrival he spoke the word ‘Niki!’ which means victory, and then died. Today’s marathons which are between 24-26 miles are called by this name because of that historical event. Today as we continue our look at Romans 10:15, Paul quotes from Isaiah 52:7 which tells of another runner who bears even greater news, ‘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!”’ Paul has come to the end of his explanation of how a person is saved, but he cannot simply state the facts without being moved and revealing exactly how he feels about the ministry of the gospel. We see that he counts it an honour to be a bondservant to all men for the gospel, how he is not ashamed to preach the gospel, and here speaks about the beautiful feet of those who preach the good news. Paul is telling us that a true hero and true beauty are found in the one who preaches the good news. As parents we bring up our girls to be true beauties, and our young boys to be heroes, well here is the verse that reveals true beauty and true heroism, ‘As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.’ Paul counts it an honour and a privilege to be a herald for the good news and helps us to put the correct value on those who serve in this fashion.