Mind puzzles. I must admit that I find most of the mind puzzles mind boggling. The one in the picture is a mind puzzle that I received a few years ago, from one of my children. As you can see, I haven’t figured it out yet.
Reading Matthew 13, I find my mind intrigued. The piece starts out by Jesus telling the parable of the sower, then continues telling us about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.
However, Jesus went on explaining about how the good news will be corrupted. People who believe in this ‘fake’ teachings are described as being tares. They will look like wheat (the true gospel believers), but are instead a harmful weed that will be eradicated by the coming of the Christ.
Yes, I know that everything written in Matthews 13 are explained assiduously by Jesus, but He continues on to this verse that had me puzzled.
‘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, KJV).
Jesus are addressing all scribes. A scribe is a ‘Jewish recordkeeper’ and ‘a person who copies out documents, especially one employed to do this before printing was invented.’ Consequently, Jesus are addressing all who are doing good writing for the Kingdom of Heaven.
These scribes are the many men and women who are instructed by the ‘man that is an householder.’ Jesus said in His explanation that He himself is that householder who spread the good seed. Everything that a good scribe write about must be grounded in His good word. Therein you will know if it comes from God, or not. I find many on social media these days saying ‘this is what God told them,’ but they do not substantiate what they are saying with the Word of God.
Writing should be then to bring to the world the knowledge which is seen as His treasure. In Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) we see that this ‘treasure’ is, ‘ lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.‘
These Kingdom treasures are from ‘new and old.’ Why start with new, and not old? New refers to the new covenant made with us by the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in which God’s laws will be written in our hearts and we will be God’s children and He will be our God (Jeremiah 31:31-33, KJV). Therefore, the old covenant is gone, because ‘...no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish‘ (luke 5:37, KJV).
As a scribe for my God, it is therefore my task to write down these things so that anyone who reads this can know what God has done for us all. That He created within us all something new, and through these writings, people can see His Heavenly treasures.
My prayer is that God will continue to use me as His scribe. That although I might fail in the many worldly things, He has loved me enough to send His Son to die for my sins and that His words are now written on my Heart. Thank you Lord for all you have done for us. #GodCanDoThis