1996-07-22 - The Lost Parable
The final parable in this section of parables on the Kingdom. Here the focus is changed and Christ tells of those who are "Scribes instructed unto the Kingdom". Who are these Scribes and what are they like? Christ answers this question with another parable.
He speaks of a man bringing forth treasure. Everyone has some prized treasure that he or she enjoys showing to others. Perhaps some rare coins in mint condition, some ancient and some modern. Perhaps gems or fine jewelry, both antique and contemporary
This is the picture our Lord gives. The householder displays for us a picture of Scribes of the New Covenant. Unlike the Scribes of Jesus' day, these Scribes are instructed in the Kingdom of God. They have command of the treasure and they bring it forth.
A Scribe in Jesus' day is compared with Christ (Taken from the Greek scholar Wordsworth, 1881) 1. Christ did what he taught, Not so the Scribes. 2. Christ taught as the Divine Law-giver, the Scribes as only doctors of the Law. 3. In the subject of teaching: Christ taught concerning grave spiritual matters; the Scribes, on frivolous trifles and superficial formalities 4. Christ sought in His teaching only the glory of God; the Scribes, the glory of man, and their own glory. 5. Christ's doctrine was perfect; that of the Scribes erroneous and defective.
What Jesus did when he told the parable of the Householder was to demonstrate the very point he was making by bringing out something old, the office of Scribe, and bringing forth something new as well, the duties of the New Covenant Scribe. The dignity of being a Scribe had been lost, but Christ renews it. Who is addressed here? Why, it is anyone who is entrusted with the treasure (the truth of God), the entrusted ones, followers of Christ, us …
A practical implication:
Every Scribe is like a deposit, every Scribe needs to bring forth treasure. What would it be like if a householder brought forth garbage to show as treasure? This parable should cause us to examine our lives. What are we bringing forth to show? What sort of treasure are we showing to those we come into contact with? Is it treasure? Really? This most overlooked parable demands we ask these difficult questions.
Soli Deo Gloria,