Preaching, Teaching, Notes

A Scribe which can be Instructed

Matthew 13:52 “Then said He unto them,  Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven,  is like unto a man that is a householder,  which bringeth forth out of his treasure  things new and old.”

We mostly consider scribes as wicked men;  they certainly were to Jesus.  Some of them only sought to discredit, or mock Him. 

But there were others who sought to know the truth: 

Matthew 8:19  “A certain scribe, came and said unto Him, Master, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest.”

Mark 12:28,34 “And one of the scribes came,  and having heard them reasoning together,  and perceiving that He had answered them well,  asked Him,  Which is the first commandment of all?

                           And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly,   He said unto him,   Thou are not far from the kingdom of God.  And no man after that durst ask Him any question.”

But scribes (they were usually Levites, the family of the priests), were assigned at the beginning of their history, for good:  They were to write out the law and teach it to the people who might not come to the Tabernacle or the Temple.   

                      All were to know God’s law, and they were assigned the job, to write and pass it out,  by teaching it.

Jeremiah was assigned this job by Josiah, the last Godly king of Judah, who led a revival there. (2 Kings 23:25)

Also Ezra was a “scribe in the law of Moses” (Ezra 7:6), and led many of his countrymen back to the land after the Babylonian captivity. 

He led a revival there (Ezra 9-10), and also helped Nehemiah with the first reading of the law to those returned (some of them had never heard it before.  Nehemiah 8:5-6, 8).

Scribes were given, so the people would understand what God wanted them to do, using His Word to show them.

Though some corrupted this;  yet Jesus said, “…every scribe instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, is like”:

                   He said that if you know the scriptures,  My words,  then you can bring out of them, things new:  that which you have discovered by the experience of them,  and share them.

                   And things old:  what others have written or testify from them.

Both are food for us, as Christians. 

We need to know what Jesus has said:

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you,  that ye love one another;  as I have loved you,  that ye also love one another.

                        By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples,  if ye love one another:”

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you,  that in Me  ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation:  but be of good cheer,  I have overcome the world.”

1 Thessalonians 5:8 “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love;  and for a helmet,  the hope of salvation.”

1 Timothy 6:6-7 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.

                         For we brought nothing into this world,  and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

We need to remember the examples taught us in the Old Testament,  for they are lessons to us. (1 Corinthians 10:6)

And we need to awake to the warnings of His Word, against the enemies within us and around us in this world:

John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance,  but judge righteous judgement.”

Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not;  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

Galatians 5:24-26 “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.   

                        If we live in the Spirit,  let us also walk in the Spirit.  

                        Let us not be desirous of vain glory,  provoking one another,  envying one another.”

1 John 5:21 “Little children,  keep yourselves from idols.  Amen.”

These are some of the verses the Lord has dealt with me about through the years (there are lots more),  and I share them with you,  letting the Holy Spirit speak to you about them, as He will.

God has given us His Word.      Let us hear what the Word says to us, and be instructed unto the kingdom of heaven.

And pass it on.

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