Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 17, 2018

A faithful teacher “brings out of his treasure things new and old”.

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 13:47-52.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind;  and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach;  and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away.  So it will be at the end of the age;  the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire;  in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Have you understood all these things?”  They *said to Him, “Yes.”  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 13:47-52.

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It is not difficult to understand this parable of the dragnet.  It is also not difficult to agree with the justice of God in separating the wicked from the righteous and in punishing the wicked.  “Have you understood all these things?”  They *said to Him, “Yes.”  Verse 51.

In the sense of the scribe who brings out of his treasure old and new things in the following verse 52, this teaching is an old thing (the justice of God in separating the wicked from the righteous and in punishing the wicked).  “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.”  Verse 52.

A faithful teacher must not only teach old familiar things that are easily understandable and agreeable but also new things that are difficult to understand and accept.

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:  preach the word;  be ready in season and out of season;  reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;  but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.  But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  2 Timothy 4:1-5.


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