Summary: This sermon shows the feet in the Word of God are often spoken about with a spiritual significance. This sermon further goes on to show the characteristics of having beautiul feet.
Text: Romans 10:13-15
The feet in the Word of God are often spoken about with a spiritual significance.
For example –
In Exodus Chapter 3, the Lord calls out to Moses from the burning bush.
Exodus 3:4-5, “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
And just before Joshua us given the command by the Lord to take the city of Jericho, the captain of the Lord’s host appears to him.
See Joshua 5:13-15. – v. 15 “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot”
The spiritual significance of both Moses and Joshua being told to take off their shoes is to show that they had to come to the Lord barefooted.
In other words, neither one of them anything of themselves that impressed a holy God.
Remember, the same goes for born again believer.
In order for the Lord to use us and for us to be able to walk with the Lord, we have to step out of our old life and step in to our new life in Christ.
We do this by taking off the shoes the world has given us and putting on the spiritual shoes God has given us.
Whereby we are to walk the rest of our lives according to His will.
You see when we get saved then we become a new creature.
2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Some other examples of the spiritual significance of the feet in the Word of God.
Worship is shown by falling at another’s feet.
We often see in the Bible incidences where people came and fell down and worshipped at the feet of Jesus.
Reverence was expressed by kissing another’s feet as the woman did when Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house – Luke 7:38.
Subjugation of the enemy was expressed by placing the one’s foot on the enemy’s neck.
For example – Joshua told the captains of the men to put their feet upon the necks of the captured Amorite kings.
Psalm 110:1, God the Father promises God the Son that He will make His enemies His footstool.
To be at any one’s feet is used to express being at one’s service, following him, or receiving his instructions.
Acts 22:3, The Apostle tells us – “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.”
Luke 10:39, we are told that – “Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.”
Psalm 40:2, the psalmist wrote, “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
Expresses the idea of stability in ones Christian’s life.
Psalm 31:8, “thou hast set my feet in a large room.”
“Sliding of the feet” – denotes yielding to temptation.
“Treading under foot” – implies complete destruction.
“To wash or dip one’s feet in oil or butter” – signified one possessed abundance or to be prosperous.
“To dip one’s foot in your enemy’s blood” signified victory.
“To keep the feet of the saints” – meant to preserve them from stumbling.
“To set one’s foot in a place” signified to take possession.
“The washing of another’s feet” expressed humility and servitude.
“Submission to the washing of your feet” was a sign of confession of the need for cleansing and an affirmation of faith that when the Messiah came, He would provide cleansing for His people.
So, in John 13, where Jesus washes the feet of His disciples this shows us the Son of God humbles himself and was obedient to the will of the Father.
He became a servant, so he could literally cleanse us from all our iniquites.
This morning we are going to look at the characteristics of “Beautiful Feet.”
In other words what the spiritual characteristics of the believer’s feet should be.
I. To Have Beautiful Feet - They Should Be Set Upon The ROCK
You may ask what Rock is that?
If asked a Roman Catholic he would tell you based on his wresting of the scriptures in Mt 16:18, that he was the Apostle Peter.
If you asked a Mormon, he would tell you the rock is the Book of Mormons or their founder Joseph Smith.