In Luke 15 Jesus tells 3 stories back to back to make one point: A lost sheep story, a lost coin story, and two lost sons.
My imagination is always captured by the lost sheep. I picture where it might have been found. Perhaps it's foot got jammed between two rocks. Perhaps it climbed a high piece of rock or ledge and was afraid to come down.
I imagine the shepherd calling and the sheep bleating his reply. The sheep never started bleating for help until it realized it was in trouble. Yesterday we ended with a rock solid promise. "Whosoever calls on the Name of the LORD shall be saved." Now we continue:
10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”
To call you have to know to believe or trust. That makes sense. When I need help I call someone I believe can help me and that I trust to do it. In order to know they have the ability to help and are trustworthy I must know them first.
It is even possible to need help and not know someone with the skills you need. You tell a friend and your friend says "I know just the right person for that!"
See the dots connecting? Now your friend is a good news proclaimer (preacher). So what does Paul mean about preachers being sent? Sent where and to whom? Considering how Paul has been emphasizing all the way from chapter 1 that God loves Jews AND everyone else and that he has no favourites and that there is no difference between them...
Paul is saying "they" (the "heathen" non Jewish world) can't cry out to God for help unless they know He can help and trust that He will. They won't know He is trustworthy unless someone tells them... So whether it is blind Jews blinded by error and tradition or lost gentiles who never knew God cared for them, they both need good news proclaimers sent to them.
If you know He is Good introduce Him to a lost sheep so they can cry out to Him too. Be a good news teller today.