No matter how many times you have read a Bible verse, Jesus often gives fresh insight.
Posted in , Oct 13, 2021
“Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Matthew 13:51–52 (ESV)
Do you ever find your eyes glazing over as you read familiar stories in the Bible? Recently I was reading through some of Jesus’s parables, and my brain tuned out. I’ve heard or read the stories a hundred times. Then I reached verse 52 and blinked. I felt as if Jesus was reminding me that whether an insight is new to me or is old and familiar, it has value. Both new and old bring spiritual treasure into my life.
When I was younger, I chafed at the formal liturgy of our congregation. Repeating the same Scripture-based lyrics each week seemed tedious. Yet set to melody, that repetition of Scripture settled deep into my memory and my heart and often hums through my mind even today. Later, I attended churches with new music and cutting-edge worship styles. I found new treasure as I explored different ways to pray, to fellowship, and to praise.
The same truth applies to our reading of the Bible. No matter how old and familiar the chapters are, Jesus often gives us fresh insights. A verse that spoke about one issue a year ago may take on deeper meaning after our recent experiences. I’m learning to stay more alert as I read the Bible.
God’s Word is a storehouse full of treasures. Some are old and familiar, but each time we dig in, Jesus can bring us fresh grace and truth.
Faith Step: Read one of your favorite chapters of the Bible. Ask Jesus to help you glean one new treasure from the familiar words.