Meditation for Monday

Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. Matthew 13:52

The old chemistry teacher instructed us to turn to a certain page in our textbooks. There on the page was a picture of a leading chemist in Europe, and a description of what that chemist had discovered in his studies. Our chemistry teacher told us that the famous chemist was one of his teachers. That was just one of the many interesting items that Benjamin Skakke came up with. Every class, he would have some new and fascinating bit of information, or interesting experiment, or an unusual chart or picture. We looked forward to his classes, because of his ability to surprise us with the vast store of knowledge and experience that he was able to pass on to us. He was like a student of the Bible, who always has a vast treasure house from which to bring forth treasures for himself and others.

Even young, inexperienced Christians have a huge treasure store from which to draw when it comes to the Scriptures. As young Christians learn how to access the resources of the Word of God, as they become familiar with its contents, as they learn how to use valuable tools such as concordances and Bible dictionaries, they can find, appreciate, and pass on those treasures. But the best knowledge of the Word comes from daily and consistent study, year after year, so that the Christian has a vast treasure chest of Scripture stored in his own heart and mind. Such a Christian fits the description that the Lord Jesus gives in our text as being a scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of Heaven.

The context of our text is after the Lord Jesus explains yet another parable to the disciples, and then asks them whether they understood. When they answer in the affirmative, he tells them that the things they have learned are like the treasures that a householder is able to access in his home. Those treasures would be used for whatever purpose the householder deemed best for his house. So it is with us, as we access the spiritual treasures that we have stored in our hearts. These Scriptures, these truths that we have learned, this instruction that we have received, we put into practice in our lives. We apply the truths of our salvation to give us encouragement, comfort, and joy in this world of discouragement, suffering, and hopelessness. We apply the truths of the apostle’s doctrine to give us guidance in our Assembly lives, zeal in the Gospel, and protection from the wiles of the devil. That vast treasure store is all we need to be a faithful testimony to the unsaved and to be the happy saints that our Lord intends.

Daily fill your heart with the Word of God, and daily live in the good of the treasure of the Word. -Jim MacIntosh

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