The things we keep in our homes fall into several categories. Some things we need for daily life. Some things we have for comfort. Other things we keep because they have value to us.
This last category has many types of things in it. Some things, like home electronics, we value because they were expensive to purchase. Other things have value because they are rare, such as artwork or antiques. Still, other items have value in a personal way, like family pictures.
Jesus uses the valuables of a home to teach us about His kingdom. In Matthew 13:52, He says, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”
Jesus was teaching that His ministry to save the world through His sacrifice did not set aside promises of God found in the Old Testament. In fact, we should understand the ministry of Jesus on the cross as a culmination of the teaching of the Old Testament.
Jesus’ ministry was priceless in its value: He gave His life to purchase salvation for all who would have it through faith. But for the people of His day, it was indeed a new perspective. All they had ever known was trying to find favor with God by trying to follow the Law. Now, Jesus made it possible for people to know God fully through the sacrifice of His life and His resurrection. The plan God revealed in the Garden, after the fall, came to a crescendo with the “It is finished” of the cross.
While the people of Jesus’ day made the error of putting too much value on that which was “old” – the Law; today, we tend to make the mistake of thinking the old things have little value. As Jesus said, the wise see value in the old and the new.
What do we learn of God in the Old Testament? We learn God is righteous. We learn He is merciful, just, and faithful. We find out God is generous and kind. We discover that just as soon as we think we have Him figured out; He reveals something else of Himself we might not have expected.
If you find yourself avoiding the Old Testament because it is difficult to understand, here is a way to simplify your reading. Set aside the need to walk away from reading the Old Testament with an inspirational thought or devotional lesson to learn. Instead, after reading a section, simply ask this question, “What do I know is true of God from this reading?” There are things we need to know about God that are only found in the Old Testament. It would be tragic to miss out on those truths!
Let’s purpose to be wise – seeing the value of old and new alike. We grow in wisdom when we challenge ourselves to move out of what is familiar and explore the deep waters of that which came before. God bless you as you read His Word!
I look forward to being with you this Sunday as we celebrate the work of God in Jesus Christ together! This Sunday, we will be seeking God through His Word in Matthew 13:44-52.
See you Sunday,