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 13:52
In Matthew, Jesus talks about God giving good gifts to those who ask. This picture is of God bringing out treasures to those who ask. While we are not God, we are of His family, if we have accepted His Son. When we go beyond belief in Jesus and become a disciples of the Kingdom of God we can also bring treasured words as the Spirit leads, “an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth.“15 Jesus said that He did what He saw the Father doing. In the same way we should follow what we have seen in Jesus. In the Gospel According to Luke he points to the nature of the good things God brings out, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”13 When we bring out this treasure, when we speak scripture, the Holy Spirit touches the heart of the hearer creating that which is better than gold. If this excites you, become a disciple of the Kingdom, it is open to you.
In the book of Acts we see the geographic spread of and increasing numbers of those following Jesus at the time following His crucifixion, death, resurrection, and ascension to the right hand of God the Father. If you know the book of Acts (of the Holy Spirit), then you likely know the story of Saul, also called Paul. Paul was a pharisee, one of the more rigid sects in Judaism at the time of Christ, which would influence modern Judaism. Paul, representing those ruling in God’s temple and the synagogues, went through the areas around Judea authorizing the imprisonment and stonings of Jewish Christians. In an attempt to flee persecution, Jewish Christians spread though out the world, bringing Christianity into contact other cultures.
Another well know stories from Acts is that of the Ethiopian eunuch. Philip, one of the early Christians accompanying those early followers of Christ who had fled to Samaria, was proclaiming Jesus. Then the Angel of the Lord told Philip to go down the road toward Gaza. As Philip was following the desire of the Spirit, he found an Ethiopian eunuch sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah. Philip asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading”. The eunuch replied, “How can I” “unless someone guides me?” Philip explained the prophesies in the book of Isaiah and how they applied to Jesus the Christ of Nazareth. Philip must have brought up many other scriptures in order for the Ethiopian to stop when he saw water and ask to be baptized. The Ethiopian eunuch came to believe in Jesus and wanted Philip to baptize him.
A scribe is someone who has studied the scrolls. Philip studied the scrolls and was able to explain salvation. The scripture we read conform the mind, in this manner it is like treasure, treasure we can bring out for ourselves, those who will come to salvation, and for those who have already become the children of God. When we know and proclaim the scriptures, we become like a householder with treasures to bring out, both new and old. I want to be a householder who has treasure to bring out. I pray that same desire ferment in you.
|Strong’s Concordance – From <http://biblehub.com/greek/1122.htm>|
|grammateus: a writer, scribe|
|Original Word: γραμματεύς, έως, ὁ|
|Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine|
|Phonetic Spelling: (gram-mat-yooce’)|
|Short Definition: a scribe, town-clerk, man of learning|
|Definition: (a) in Jerusalem, a scribe, one learned in the Jewish Law, a religious teacher, (b) at Ephesus, the town-clerk, the secretary of the city, (c) a man of learning generally.|
12“Let us rise early and go to the vineyards; Let us see whether the vine has budded And its blossoms have opened, And whether the pomegranates have bloomed. There I will give you my love. 13“The mandrakes have given forth fragrance; And over our doors are all choice fruits, Both new and old, Which I have saved up for you, my beloved.