Judah's sufferings were the necessary result of sin, but their separation from the Lord was only temporary. The Lord's power to redeem was indisputable, but Judah still refused to believe and obey Him. However, God had made an unconditional promise in the Davidic covenant, and He would honour that through Jesus who will reign forever.
Jesus was made perfect through obedience and suffering. He obeyed His Father's will even though He was treated cruelly and was not swayed from the path set before Him no matter what hardship awaited Him. He had complete and utter confidence in His Father's support. And the salvation that He accomplished will last forever!
How beautiful are the feet of him who brings good news.
We are to be the bearers of that good news! We are supposed to have beautiful feet. It is such good news - how can we keep it to ourselves!
Spreading the gospel is also the embodiment of the greatest commands in our Mark passage.
Love God and love our neighbour.
If we love our neighbour we will share the good news. If we love God we will want to glorify Him through word and deed.
Are we loving God and loving our neighbour through His power?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Isaiah 53-55, Mark 13:1-20