Day 95: April 5, 2013

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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

“Therefore,” He said to them, “every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.”

—Matthew 13:52

A Storeroom of Scripture
by Henry Dutton,

I recently was blessed to marry my beautiful wife. As we began moving our things into our new apartment, we quickly realized we had several duplicates: two vacuums, two TVs, two griddles, two coffee makers, two sets of dishes, and so on.

Our apartment is roomy, but it is certainly no Taj Mahal, and we knew we needed to get rid of some of our things.

I’m very practical, and I’m only emotionally attached to about two of our possessions, so I adopted the “keep the newest and best and get rid of the old” mentality. My wife, on the other hand, is rather sentimental, so for her this process was a little more difficult. She often prefers to keep the old and the new because both are special and carry with them special memories.

The truth is, when it comes to God’s Word, we could all stand to be a little more like my wife. In today’s verses, Christ has just finished teaching and explaining multiple parables and truths about the Kingdom of Heaven.

Between verses 1–50 of Matthew chapter 13, Jesus shares five different parables in rapid succession, and He also explains two of them in greater depth. That’s a lot of teaching! Then Jesus says something interesting. He tells His disciples that a good, serious student of Scripture is like a landowner who keeps his storeroom well stocked – with old and new things.

In this verse, Jesus was particularly addressing the Jewish scribes, who were very familiar with the Old Testament teachings, and yet were often reluctant to accept Christ’s teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven because it seemed, well, “new.” This verse, and Christ’s statement to His disciples, was an admonition to accept both the old and the new, and to build for themselves storehouses of biblical knowledge.

Today, the canon of Scripture is closed, meaning there will not be any more new books of the Bible or new teachings of Jesus. We already have both the old and the new. As followers of Christ, though, we would do well to listen to the admonition of Matthew 13:52.

We ought to value the teaching of both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and we should be building for ourselves storerooms of biblical knowledge. We should strive to hang on and cling to what we have learned, and we should never stop adding, learning, and discovering new things in God’s Word.

The beauty of Scripture is that its supply of truth can never be exhausted. Do you value Scripture and God’s teaching the way you should? Are you building a storeroom for yourself?

Reflection Questions

  1. Do you have a “favorite” Testament of the Bible? Do you think this favoritism is justified based on Matthew 13:52? Which books of the Bible do you need to spend more time reading?
  2. What steps are you taking to cling to what you have already learned (the old)? Consider taking notes on Bible teachings and reading them from time to time. Also, consider memorizing large portions of Scripture.
  3. What steps are you taking to continue learning new things? What steps should you take to be a more devoted student of God’s Word?

About the Author

Henry Dutton
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Henry is a Camp Director with CentriKid Camps and a student in the graduate program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s attended Brentwood Baptist since August 2011. Married to Amy, Henry loves to camp, hike, do things outdoors, and play games with friends, but he can’t stand to touch popsicle sticks. He’s a regular writer on the CentriKid Camps blog. You can keep up with him on Twitter @henryidutton.