Jesus talked about a man who has at his disposal things fresh and stored.
“Every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings from his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52
The advantage of having been around for a while is that older people have access to things newly discovered and things we have been blessed to understand many years ago.
Many things that come on the scene as new and fascinating to the younger generation look much like a dressed-up version of things we have all seen before.
This can lead to cynicism and disinterest. Many years ago I helped on a Christian bookstore at a conference and was surprised at the level of disinterest expressed by those who had been Christians much longer than me. I couldn’t tell if the books I was commending were simply of no interest to them, or whether they really could see how shallow those books were.
At best our past experiences give us an ever broader perspective and allow us to make connections between new insights and things we have long understood.
Christ asserts that instruction in the Kingdom of Heaven has the capacity to enrich us with old and new things, such as the Gospel of Christ expanding and revealing Old Testament patterns and prophecies. Scholars say that in the Old Testament Christ is concealed, while in the New Testament the Old Testament truths are revealed.
People who have walked with the Lord over many years, especially enjoying the blessings of the Gospel, should be a wonderful resource of things old and new for those who care to listen.
Sadly there have been men and women mightily used by God in the past who have been overlooked by the young generation coming up. That reflects the natural tendency in youth to imagine they have insights surpassing those who came before.
I recently heard a preacher say that when he was nineteen he was sure he understood everything. Now, at nearly twice that age, he has seriously reviewed his previous confidence.
That is not to say anyone should care what I have to say, but it does point to a possible grace I can share, that of bringing a perspective that puts the old and new in some balance. Maybe you’ll think so as I continue to share various thoughts along the way.
May you be enriched as you sample and enjoy Things New and Old.