THINGS NEW AND FRESH OLD AND FAMILIAR

An artist – a painter, is not known for one of his paintings, but usually he is known for the accumulative ‘effect’ of his life’s work. That’s why we have retrospective exhibitions.

Likewise he who is instructed in the things of the kingdom of God brings forth out of his heart’s treasury, old things and new – sharing different aspects of the whole counsel of God.

So in a sense the preacher who is so instructed, doesn’t have just one sermon to share on a given Sunday morning – but has the sum total of his experience with the Lord to offer to anyone who is spiritually hungry.

What a joy it is to find people who are hungry to hear and learn and know by experience – this wonderful Word of God.

To varying degrees Christians realise their need to eat this Word (Bible). And usually those who eat little – are those who are in danger of living by ‘bread alone’. Whereas man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Some sought Jesus because he could ‘whip up’ a good meal, others sought Him because He alone – had the words of ETERNAL LIFE.

So the preacher must be ready to give what he feels is the specific word for the morning, but be ready to go somewhere else as he searches through the treasury God has put in his heart.

What the listeners must do is shut out every other distracting voice, except the voice of The Holy Spirit who can apply the word in ways the preacher is unaware of.

He said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things that are new and fresh and things that are old and familiar.”
Matthew 13:52

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