The Parable of Old and New Treasures 

MATTHEW 13: 51-52

51 The Lord Jesus said: Have you understood all these things? They replied, “Yes, Lord.” 52 He said to them, “Therefore every learned scribe in the kingdom of heaven is like a steward who brings out new and old things from his treasury.”


Jesus gives this short parable after asking his disciples: Did they understand all these things? It refers to the seven parables given in Matthew 13: 1-50, where they answer Yes, Lord. And that’s when Jesus tells them that a learned scribe in the kingdom of heaven is like that householder who brings up new and old things. Now who is this wise scribe? He is in charge of teaching others for the edification of the followers of Jesus. The new and old things that he draws from his treasury refer to the eternal truths revealed in the Old Testament about the new covenant, confirmed in Christ Jesus.

And although the disciples answered yes, the evidence in the Gospels shows that it took three and a half years of the teacher’s ministry for them to base themselves on the word of truth; tested in the end, they left Jesus just the day before his death at the time they arrested him, they did not have enough courage to accompany him, but we see the apostles, except for Judas, who gave his life serving the Messiah, after suffer. , death, resurrection and ascension of Christ to heaven, receiving at Pentecost the filling of the Holy Spirit, which they needed to be true witnesses of Christ, faithful until death.

At the beginning and for much of Jesus’ ministry, crowds looked at him only for a miracle in their bodies, instead of being the Son of God, the Savior of lost souls; few came to him seeking to be reconciled to God and to serve him with all their hearts. We have some examples of this in the miracle of the ten lepers (Luke 17: 11-19) and in the multiplication of the loaves (John 6: 1-71). The kingdom of heaven would be like that mustard seed (Matthew 13: 31-32), small among all the seeds at first, but later it would be that great tree that would serve as a refuge for all who need eternal life.

Every person who has been called to teach the truths of the kingdom to the people of God will be for edification, always giving praise to God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian has a task, a commission that we cannot lose sight of and it is written in Matthew 28: 18-20 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying: All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to keep all the things I ordered them; and behold, I will be with you forever, until the end of the world. A man”.

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