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December 28, 2009 / beidson

Feet Speak: Hearing The Voice That Rules With Sole Authority

You know feet can make noise.  But did you know they can talk?  The Scriptures say that our feet leave more than footprints in the dirt; they leave a message in the heavens.

The book of Proverbs is replete with this feet language, speaking of feet that run to evil, that lead down to death, that send signals, that are swift to shed blood, that wander from home, etc.  You get the point.  Likewise, the faithful man watches his feet carefully (Psalm 119), and knows his enemies have set traps for his feet, in order to snare him and take him off course.  Again, you get the point.  Our feet do more than move us–they mark us.  What we run after, what we stand on, and what we fall over reveal the nature of our hearts.  Our feet speak volumes about our motivations and desires.

But feet do more than speak.  Our feet rule.  The self-controlled man will not wander downtown toward the prostitute’s house (Proverbs 7).  No, his feet will be planted firmly in the grace of God (Psalm 37:31).  He will not be ruled by evil, but he will flee from it.  He will not chase after idols, but he will walk faithfully, carrying his cross.  He will not grow idle, but will run with endurance the race that is set before him.

And this makes sense.  Jesus’ feet send the greatest message of all, a message of messianic monarchy.  The Father is making his enemies a footstool for his feet–all things will be under his feet one day.  His are the feet that will crush the head of our footless serpentine enemy, who crawls on his belly with no feet to rule with.

And our hope is this: “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20).  We too will hear cracking bones under our toes when Jesus returns to slay our enemy.

People who love Christ will control their feet.  And this is why we must listen to our feet, because they are telling us about authority–either we rule over the fallen cosmos or it rules over us.  Will you stand over your grave beside your Brother as one rescued from death, or will you be under the feet of Jesus, a footstool for the One your feet turned away from?

Look at your feet and listen.  Where are they going?  Will you follow fools in their folly and find judgment, or will you follow Wisdom and rule with him in a new city?  Which feet will you listen to?

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