Sunday, December 19, 2010

January 13 (Genesis 14; Matthew 13; Nehemiah 3; Acts 13)

Matthew 13 is “The Parable Chapter “ of Matthew’s gospel. After telling his disciples the parables He asks them if they understand what He has said. When they respond that they do He tells them, “every scribe who had 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” (v.51-52).

What did He mean by this? I think he meant that true disciples will genuinely grow in knowledge. They will learn “new” things. But these genuine disciples will also see how these ‘new” truths fulfill and complement the “old”. He is saying that His followers will get both the old and the new testaments and will work and pray for wisdom to see how it all centers on Him! 

This is one reason why weekly walking through the Scriptures in the way we are doing it is so helpful. By looking at different sections of the Scripture simultaneously and side by side we are repeatedly seeing how all things are pointing to our Savior, Christ the Lord! This is what Paul showed the people of Antioch in Acts 13. He used the Old testament to point to Jesus and labored to show how, in Jesus, one is “freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” (v.39) So keep taking the Old and New into your heart and constantly pray for the Holy Spirit to cause it to work therein!

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