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38. Could you explain to me the following words of Jesus: “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old” (Matthew 13:52 – NKJV)?

 

 

First of all, I want to say that a scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is a scribe who has believed in the Lord Jesus. Therefore he is a man who has understood the Word of the kingdom and put it into his heart.

What does such a man, who is a disciple of Jesus and knows the law and the prophets, do? When he speaks of the things of God, he speaks not only of the old things, that is, the things pertaining to the Old Testament, but also of the new things, that is, the things which concern the New Testament, which is the Testament whose surety is Jesus Christ. Therefore, he is like a householder, who brings out of his treasure things new and old. In other words, a believing scribe brings out of the treasure of his heart both the old things, which he had put into it when he was under law, and the new things revealed by Jesus Christ, which complete and explain the old ones.

For instance, he will speak about the old atoning sacrifices prescribed by the law of Moses and about the atoning sacrifice of Christ; he will speak about the old priesthood according to the order of Aaron and about the priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek, and so on.

 

 

 

 

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