Matthew 13:52 - Seeking and Sharing the Old and the New in Jesus.
Matthew 13:52 (NIV) He said to them,
"Therefore every teacher of the law who has been
instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the
owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom
new treasures as well as old."
There is something grand about old things
that are still in good shape. Old furniture, rich
with the patina of age and history, is far more
intriguing than the modern stuff. When you sit on it or
eat off it or sleep in it, your mind pictures
those in previous centuries who did the same in a
world of candlelight, oil lamps, buggies, and
potbelly stoves. Each scrape or dent holds a story
you wish you knew.
Old hardback books are far more
fascinating than today's slick paperbacks. I find it
therapeutic to hold in my hands pages that have endured
the ages, to pore over lines that other eyes
have pondered and other fingers have marked. The
authenticity of antiquity thrills me.
Old churches affect me the same way. As
you settle into the creaking oak pew, you can
hear the pipe organ filling the sanctuary with
one of Bach's masterworks. The thunderous voice
of the preacher is in the woodwork, and the
altar beckons you to be still and know that God is
Strangely, such sights and sounds equip
us to face our own battles with renewed vigor,
for it's the old things - things that have
outlived fashions and fads, that have endured wars
and recessions, presidents and plagues - that
remind us to pause and encourage us to strengthen
our roots. These do more than prompt nostalgic
feelings; they remind us that we are not alone in this
adventurous pilgrimage from earth to heaven. By standing
on the shoulders of yesterday, the view into
tomorrow is not nearly so frightening.
The Bible is old also - ancient, in fact.
Its timeless stories have for centuries shouted,
"You can make it! Don't quit don't give up!"
Its truths, secure and solid as stone, say, "I'm
still here, waiting to be claimed and applied."
Whether it's a prophet's warning, a patriarch's
prayer, a poet's psalm, or a preacher's challenging
reminder, the Book of books lives on, offering us new
vistas. It still speaks as it did in the days when
reformers heralded hope from strong pulpits, when
roughhewn revivalists pleaded for souls in open-air
campaigns, when faithful expositors taught saints and
lived lives of uncompromising integrity, when
rugged missionaries left the comforts of home to
carry its message to hostile tribes and foreign
The truths of this old Book have endured
in spite of the attacks of its critics and the
attempts of the Adversary to silence its message -
like an ageless anvil wearing away the hammers.
Though ancient, it has never lost its
relevance. Though battered, no one has ever improved on
its content. Though old, it never fails to offer
something pure, something wise, something new.
By touching something old, something new
is stirred within us.
Though ancient, the Bible has never lost
its relevance. No one has ever improved on its
content. [Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
Seeking God Made Real:
Prayer Made Real:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies:
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LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet: