Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Feet

Do you ever think about your feet?  I don't mean those times when you trim your toenails, or need to buy a new pair of shoes.  I mean, have you ever thought about what your feet mean?  That may seem like a strange question ... but did you know that God thinks about our feet, and that He has quite a bit to say about them in His word?

Of course, God has a lot to say about various parts of our bodies, because we're all concerned with them, and the Bible is a very practical Book.  But it seems that the more you read it, the more the subject of our feet keeps cropping up .... and what God has to say isn't very flattering!  It's not that He finds our feet disgusting or repellent; after all, He designed us, and we're "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).  It's what we do with our bodies, and our feet, that God is concerned with.

Here's an example. In the Book of Proverbs, written as advice to a young man, there's a warning against a certain kind of woman. We're all familiar with this woman, and young men are acutely aware of her: some would call her a seductress, or a "party girl," or simply a slut.  God calls her a "strange" woman, because she's so different from what He intended her to be. And notice what God says about her: For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell (Proverbs 5:3-5). In another chapter, He adds, She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house (Proverbs 7:11). God doesn't describe the woman's attractive figure, or her glistening eyes: He mentions her mouth, and her feet - - - and where her feet are taking her and her "partners."


But it's not only the "strange woman" who God is watching.  She's just a human being like the rest of us .... which means she's a sinner like the rest of us.  How does God view the human race, in its fallen, unreconciled state?  He describes men and women by talking about their bodies:

 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Romans 3:10-12). Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness (Romans 3:13, 14): our throats (where our voices come from) are no good.  Our tongues are no good; they're full of lies.  Our lips are no good: they're hiding poison. Our mouths are no good: they're full of cursing and bitterness. There is no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18).  Our eyes are no good: we don't even fear God in the things we choose to look at. Their feet are swift to shed blood (Romans 3:15).  God doesn't seem to have a very high opinion of unsaved humanity, does He?  Of course, this is the God of the Bible we're talking about: not the all-tolerant Santa Claus "God" that the "popular" preachers talk about.  That's why they're popular, by the way: they're smooth, and sweet, and make you feel good about yourself.  There's money in it.



Obviously, God isn't only concerned with the "strange woman" mentioned above.  Women are no worse than men in this respect.  And God has a lot to say about the feet of the unsaved man, too:  A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord (Proverbs 6:12-14). Isn't that interesting?  The "naughty" man (and in the Bible, "naughty" doesn't mean "cute and mischievous;" the verse defines the word as synonymous with "wicked") actually walks with his mouth, and speaks with his feet. (You don't need the "original Hebrew" to know what "froward" means.  Webster's 1828 English Dictionary defines "froward" as "Perverse, that is, turning from, with aversion or reluctance; not willing to yield or comply with what is required; unyielding; ungovernable; refractory; disobedient; peevish; as a froward child.") If the man walks with his mouth and talks with his feet, is he built upside down?  No, that's simply the way we function.  The things we say often reveal where we really want to go, or to what we want to do; and the places we go, the ways we walk, speak volumes about our desires and intentions.  God doesn't just disapprove of this man's actions; God hates them: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16-19).  So, in addition to the list given in Romans, we see that our hands and our hearts are no better than the rest of our bodies.



God says that our feet are "swift to shed blood, and swift in running to mischief."  You may not be a killer or a thief, but you've "run to mischief" plenty of times .... and you know it.  I certainly know that I have.  And, as we know to our sorrow, thousands and millions of men are literally "running to shed blood:" whether it's a race riot in Los Angeles, or a Muslim terror attack somewhere.



As if that weren't enough, our feet, symbolizing our behaviour, are unreliable, and help us get into trouble, even when we think we're strong, and in command of things.   Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare (Job 18:5-8).  You might say, "But I'm not wicked! I'm no worse than anybody else!"  Perhaps, but you're no better than anybody else, either: remember, There is none righteous, no, not one.  You may be a fine, upstanding person in your own sight ... but we're talking about how your Creator sees you.  If you think you're "sinless," or without fault, perhaps we could ask your oldest friends ... or one of your siblings ... or your spouse.  He or she knows better!

Well, what about Jesus?  Wasn't He a man, too?  Doesn't this apply to Him?  Yes, He was certainly human: He got tired (John 4:6); He got thirsty (John 4:7, John 19:28); and His feet got dirty, just like yours and mine (Luke 7:37, 38).  But Jesus is also God, and was God when He walked on this earth.  When there was a storm at sea, His feet walked on the water: a miracle that is recorded not once, not twice, but three times in the Bible (Matthew 14, Mark 6, and John 6).  He was a Man ... but those were God's feet.


God looked down from Heaven, and saw what His creation had become, through disobedience and sin.  And so, He came to earth to offer salvation to those who were willing to be saved.  He became a Man ... because He loved us, and wanted to save us.  And after all the miracles, and the kindness, and the love, what happened to His feet?  Why, you know the answer.  We drove a spike through them.  

 
That's how man treats God.  He comes to save us ... and we torture Him to death.  The Jewish religious leaders may have instigated it, and the Roman soldiers did the actual deed, but we all had a part in it.  Christ died for us.

 
But He didn't stay dead; three days after He had been pronounced dead, by professional executioners, He arose from the grave, and made victory over death possible for us all.  Because His feet were human ... and Divine.

Finally, Jesus' feet are royal feet.  He was "King of the Jews" the first time He came, but when He returns, He'll be Monarch over the entire world.  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him (Hebrews 2:8). Not now .... but later.  And probably pretty soon.  Again: Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet (Psalm 8:6).  That verse has dual application: it's talking about the human race in general, but it's also a prophetic reference to Jesus Christ.
 
Feet.  They may not seem very important, and we may take them for granted.  But to the One Whose feet were pierced for our sins (Isaiah 53:5), they're very significant ... and they tell the most important story you'll ever hear.

What a God!  What a Saviour!

1 comment:

  1. That's pretty heavy. I can honestly say I'd not put that together before. We focus so much on what God thinks of us spiritually that we overlook His opinion of us physically, and there's much to be learned, as you've introduced here.

    What a Saviour indeed!

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