Summary: Do we appreciate the great treasure we have available to us? Do we appreciate its greatness because it alone points us to Him who is the centre and theme of its revelation, Jesus Christ?
"Have you understood all these things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied. 52 He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."
Following His explanation of ’The Parable Of The Dragnet’ (Matt 13 (quickview) : 47-50), we find Jesus asking His disciples: "Have you under-stood all these things?" (Matt 13:51 (quickview) )
I am quite sure this question relates not just to the preceding parable, but also to all of those recorded in this chapter: All of which reveal truths related to "the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" Matt 13:11 (quickview)
When His disciples answer in the affirmative, Jesus tells yet another parable, this one is called, The Parable Of The Householder Matt 13:52 (quickview) . You will notice however that this parable is describing those who have been instructed (especially ’scribes’ ’teachers;) concerning the kingdom and does not concern itself so much with the Kingdom of Heaven itself.
Let us now take the time to consider what Jesus said; hoping to glean what truths and principles we can from Him.
THE PARABLE ITSELF, JESUS IS MAKING A POINT ABOUT A ‘SCRIBE’ (TEACHER)
From the "Holman Bible Dictionary", a scribe was a "Person trained in writing skills and used to record events and decisions Jer 3:26; 1 Chron 24:6; Esther 3:12 (quickview) . During the Exile in Babylon educated scribes apparently became the experts in God’s written word, copying, preserving, and teaching it. Ezra was a scribe in this sense of expert in teaching God’s word (Ezra 7:6 (quickview) ). A professional group of such scribes developed by New Testament times, most being Pharisees (Mark 2:16 (quickview) ). They interpreted the law, taught it to disciples, and were experts in cases where people were accused of breaking the Law of Moses. They led in plans to kill Jesus (Luke 19:47 (quickview) ) and heard His stern rebuke (Matt 23 (quickview) ). They were more than simply copyists, but students and instructors as well. It would be assumed, therefore, that a scribe would be expected to understand the finer points of the Law of Moses
INSTUCTED CONCERNING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
’Jesus’ point is not about a normal scribe, who would understand only the law. But a scribe who would be instructed about the kingdom of heaven (via the parables)
SUCH A SCRIBE IS LIKE A HOUSEHOLDER
A householder with ’treasure’, something of great value, treasure that is both ’new’ and ’old’. The "old" treasure would be his understanding of the Law and ’new’ treasure would be his understanding of the kingdom of heaven the [The parable and its "explanation" appear simple enough to understand. But there are also "implications" from the parable that are worthy of careful consideration...]