Things New and Old

“And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:52)

This is an interesting thing Jesus says in the first parables of Matthew – actually at the tail end of the sower, tares, mustard seed, leaven, hidden treasure, costly pearl, and dragnet of fish parables. I read that and wondered – what point is being made here?

I read it over and looked for the meaning but I am guessing it is tied to the idea “I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world” (Matt 13:35). So what’s the frequency, Kenneth? Well, here’s my take on it.

The emphasis on ‘bringing out of our treasure things both new and old’. The treasure would have to be the things we gained during our faith experience and that impact our very ‘being’ (those values and insights learned). These ideas are like treasure to us – and value is placed on things both ‘new and old’ since they can both have meaning. Old memories or antiques have meaning as does something new we get. So the entirety of life is important here – not just today or tomorrow – but what we have learned in the past also.

But what needs to be remembered – new is part of the paradigm. If our faith becomes stagnant and repetitive – then I am not sure what is being gained at all? We live for today also – and we need to continue learning things from our teacher. We need to elaborate also on what we have been taught or we do not understand what is so great about the ‘treasure’ we have (we will take it for granted).

Lastly, we also see it relating to the Tanakh/NT and our embodiment of those teachings. It may be ‘old’ writings but we are ‘presently’ living/reading them. So we also see how the writings need to be given ‘air to breathe’ or they are just useless words on a piece of paper. Maybe the true treasure is finding the meaning in those words, living them in our daily lives, and sharing that treasure with those around us.

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