“How beautiful are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings (good news), that publisheth (proclaims) peace; that bringeth good tidings of good (good things), that publisheth (proclaims) salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Isaiah 52:7
So much is said in scripture about the “feet” and we know that this means not only the feet of the Body of Christ, as we are taught through these verses:
1st Corinthians 12:14-27: “For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; Is is not therefore of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; Is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing (how could it hear)? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling (how would it smell)?
But now, God hath set the members, every of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body (where would the body be)?
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head unto the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble (weak) are necessary.
And those members of the body, which we think are to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour: and our uncomely (unpresentable) parts have more abundant comeliness (modesty).
For our comely (presentable) parts have no need: but God hath tempered(composed) the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
That there should be no schism (division) in the body: but that the members should have the same care one for another.
And whether (if) one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular (individually). ”
There are many other mentions of the “feet” and so many beautiful scriptures concerning those, like Mary washing Jesus’ feet with her tears.
Jesus washing the disciples feet, much to the horror of Peter, he was viewing it carnally, his feet covered with dust and I am sure showing the years of wear of much walking and hard work, and he was embarrassed and downright horrified for Jesus to touch his feet.
Because again we try to “beautify” those things we consider “ugly” and try to twist those features into what is more “attractive” and more appealing. And this also happens spiritually.
Broken, crippled feet are not going to be capable carrying the Gospel anywhere.
I am reminded of the stories of the now pretty much non-existent practice of foot binding.
So truly gruesome and disturbing, and yet somehow so perfect an explanation, such a mirror to exactly what many face spiritually.
First, this begins at a very early age, you could compare that to being a new convert, or you could compare it to be new in ministry, learning your calling.
But the feet are oiled and made as comfortable as possible, (some symbolism to be found there also) and once this has been accomplished, the toes one by one are literally broken and pushed sideways toward the middle of the foot, then the foot is also broken leaving only the big toe and the heel unbroken.
The feet are then bandaged tightly, ensuring all the broken bones are in their “correct” place to be reshaped.
Imagine the level of excruciating pain, even one toe, just being “stumped” or the pain of stepping on something sharp, imagine nine toes broken and both feet broken in the middle.
Also reminiscent of the verse that they “hurt his feet in fetters” referring to the enslavement of Joseph and the nails that were drove through the feet of Jesus. Spiritual feet are quite the same.
And this process, like the binding of spiritual feet is a long process, the feet being unwrapped, the bones re-broken, and wrapped again, even tighter and some trying to alleviate the pain would sneak and loosen the binding at the toes and when caught doing this, those performing the binding would quickly sew up the binding so that they had no way to loosen any part of these bindings.
And the entire “process” was for the purpose of making the “feet” more beautiful, more “acceptable” and to “conform” to the ideas of the time.
The shape of the foot was desired to resemble a lotus blossom, not ironically dedicated to pagan Buddhism.
What I can derive is that it started with concubines to the King and his twisted desire for a certain dance and suddenly, without these misshapen feet women were considered “less desirable” for marriage and so basically, if you wanted to fit in, be treated well, you allowed yourself to be subjected to this.
Sounds like ashes and thorns to me. Each time the feet were unbound, re-broken, re-bandaged, while fluid and blood leaked out.
This was done in the name of “beauty”, sound beautiful to you? Ever feel like that in your Christian walk?
You will be oiled, you will be comforted, you will be given beyond and above all you need providing that you keep those big ol’ feet bound and conforming to the image of those that are acceptable.
And sure you eventually get past some of the pain and learn to walk, very slowly, not making any real strides, only the desired limited movement, but hey, you are still accepted.
“Feet” that were created to “run swiftly” bearing messages. “Feet” that were meant to “leap” as hinds feet converging on impossible mountains, “carrying” to those in the deep trenches the Gospel of freedom and deliverance.
And “feet” that were meant to “dance” for joy along side those that rejoice and as so many of the ladies whose natural feet were bound, those whose spiritual feet have been bound, find later that not only are they unable to leap, dance, much less run, they have now became absolutely crippled.
Good news/bad news, “Feet” can be unbound, but as with bringing back blood flow to anything that has been starved, it is going to hurt and it is going to hurt bad.
First you have to accept that they are your “feet” (take spiritually) and use this as a comfort verse, knowing that your calling, and your gift is what God wants you to have, whether that looks unattractive or unacceptable to anyone else, should be of no matter because we answer to God.
1st Corinthians 12;11,13 : “But ALL these worketh that one and selfsame Spirit, dividing (distributing) to every man severally (individually) AS HE WILL.
For by ONE SPIRIT we are ALL baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have ALL been made to drink into ONE SPIRIT.”
Understanding that gives us the courage and boldness to undertake that painful unbinding, and if someone only accepts part of you, or makes you feel that you belong… if you forfeit the very part of you that identifies you in Christ, then it is time to rethink those relationships and the price of those bound feet, they make look pretty fitting in to their delicate little shoes but underneath those wrappings is rot and decay and decay and infection that could one day end up in the blood.
Sometimes the feet will heal, they will always be scarred and much more will be involved as the undergo the “restoration” process but once you realized that you are being crippled, you can either continue to allow that process or you can take off those bandages, deal with patching up the wounds and maybe in time learn to walk again. In the physical binding reversal can takes years and as far as spiritually, we know Jesus heals all of our spiritual wounds, as in our armor.
Ephesians 6:15: “And your feet shod with the preparation of Gospel of peace.”
We are Jesus’ children, daughters, and we make up the Bride of the Lamb.
And Jesus has some shoes of His choosing that He’d like His children to wear.
Song of Solomon 7:1a: “How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O Princes daughter!…”
Psalm 45:13-15: “The king’s daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold (symbolic of the Word of God).
She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework (robes of many colors): the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
With gladness and rejoicing SHALL THEY BE BROUGHT: they shall be brought into the king’s palace.”
Jesus Christ, our King, our King who does not hurt us and only binds our wounds, not our “feet”.
Our “feet”that He has freed from snares, traps, and pits from the enemy. And we are taught that where His Spirit is there is freedom, so don’t let anyone or anything bind you and the calling He has placed on your life.
Φλογιζω NBJ 2019