O Zion, messenger of good news, shout from the mountaintops! Shout it louder, O Jerusalem. Shout, and do not be afraid. Tell the towns of Judah, “Your God is coming!” (Isaiah 40:9 NLT)
There were no public address systems in ancient times to speak to a large crowd so the speaker would go up on a hill to speak and their voice would be carried to the people below. In this verse the speaker in Hebrew is feminine. Normally it would be male. Think of this scenario, the men have gone to war, only women and children are left in the city. The women are worried about what will happen to them if they lose the battle. A young woman is selected to go on top of the mountain to watch and shout out what she sees. As she watches she sees reinforcements coming and shouts out to the women below “Don’t worry, our God reigns.”
We see a messenger of the Good News in the New Testament. The first heralds of Good News were the angels who told the shepherds that the Messiah had been born (Luke 2:8-12).
When Jesus’ parents took Him to the temple, there were two people who recognized Him as the Messiah. Simeon was told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. The Holy Spirit led him to the Temple on the day that Mary and Joseph were there with baby Jesus. Simeon proclaimed Jesus to be the Messiah (Luke 2:25-35).
At the same time the prophetess, Anna saw Jesus and she also recognized the baby Jesus as the Messiah. She praised God and told everyone she met that the Messiah had come (Luke 2:36-38).
John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Messiah and testified to everyone that the Messiah had come (John 1:19-34).
We also have a beautiful message to proclaim that our LORD and Redeemer is coming soon.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (Isaiah 52:7 NLT)