Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 3, 2015

“How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, … Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 7:3-20.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+7&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“3 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate;  and they said to one another, “Why do we sit here until we die?  4 If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ then the famine is in the city and we will die there;  and if we sit here, we die also.  Now therefore come, and let us go over to the camp of the Arameans.  If they spare us, we will live;  and if they kill us, we will but die.”  5 They arose at twilight to go to the camp of the Arameans;  when they came to the outskirts of the camp of the Arameans, behold, there was no one there.  6 For the Lord had caused the army of the Arameans to hear a sound of chariots and a sound of horses, even the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “Behold, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.”  7 Therefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents and their horses and their donkeys, even the camp just as it was, and fled for their life.  8 When these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they entered one tent and ate and drank, and carried from there silver and gold and clothes, and went and hid them;  and they returned and entered another tent and carried from there also, and went and hid them.

9 Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right.  This day is a day of good news, but we are keeping silent;  if we wait until morning light, punishment will overtake us.  Now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.”

14 They took therefore two chariots with horses, and the king sent after the army of the Arameans, saying, “Go and see.”

15 They went after them to the Jordan, and behold, all the way was full of clothes and equipment which the Arameans had thrown away in their haste.  Then the messengers returned and told the king.

16 So the people went out and plundered the camp of the Arameans.  Then a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord.  17 Now the king appointed the royal officer on whose hand he leaned to have charge of the gate;  but the people trampled on him at the gate, and he died just as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him.”  2 Kings Chapter 7:  Verses 3-9 and 14-17.

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The four lepers had an unpleasant appearance and did not do anything to scare away the Arameans, but they were lovely in the eyes of the people due to the good news they brought.

Likewise, we may appear plain and without significant personal accomplishments, but we can be lovely in the sight of God’s people, the elect, due to the good news we bring of salvation.

“7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,
They shout joyfully together;
For they will see with their own eyes
When the Lord restores Zion.
9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,
You waste places of Jerusalem;
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared His holy arm
In the sight of all the nations,
That all the ends of the earth may see
The salvation of our God.”  Isaiah 52:7-10.

Other doctrine claims that they bring good news.  But, is it really good news for salvation to be dependent on man’s works or man’s alleged free-will?

We truly bring good news.  We bring good news of salvation dependent on God alone, “The salvation of our God”.  When we say “Your God reigns!”, we don’t mean that God only reigns over the moon and stars but will not interfere with man’s alleged free-will.  We mean that God also totally reigns over man and salvation.  We bring good news of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, which summarizes that God has done everything for our salvation, totally as gift for us by His grace alone, from “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” through “Preservation of Saints”.

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