Public Proclamations

The men’s Bible study group I am involved in on Tuesday nights has slowly but surely been making our way through the book of Romans. 

Last week, part of our text covered Romans 10: 13-18,

“[F]or ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.‘ How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!’ However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our report?‘ So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; ‘Their voice has gone out into all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.‘”

The context of this text is clearly individual people hearing the Gospel from preachers. Preachers who are sent are the speakers in the text; they are the heralds of the Gospel. 

However, to prove his point about the universal nature of the Gospel advancement, Paul finishes this section by quoting David from Psalm 19. Here are the three verses with the one Paul cites: 

Psalm 19: 1-4, 

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

What Paul uses in the context of sent, Gospel preachers, David originally used when describing “The heavens.” The heavens are proclaiming just like the Gospel preachers. Or should we say, the Gospel preachers proclaim just like the heavens. 1 Peter 2:9 says, 

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

One of the consequences of being saved and made holy is to “proclaim the excellencies” of God.

And this proud, public proclamation is old; it is very historic. 

It is older than the Puritans, although they were great street preachers. 

It is older than the Apostles, even though they birthed the Church by their public proclamations. 

It is older than Jesus even though He did deliver the greatest sermons the world will ever hear. 

It is older than the Prophets even though they bravely brought the good news to Israel. 

Gospel preaching, the public proclamations of the excellencies of Christ, goes all the way back to creation itself. 

When we preach, we practice what the stars do. 

Preaching is natural; it is organic. And, with that, Paul calls it beautiful

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