Things New and Old

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We read that the Lord said: “Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old” (Matthew 13:5252Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. (Matthew 13:52)).
The scribe in studying the Old Testament Scriptures was familiar with the glowing prophecies of the Kingdom of Heaven—a kingdom having for its center the Jew, and through the Jew extending to the Gentile nations. He expected the glory of the reign of the Messiah. They were “the things old,” known for long centuries.
But the Lord brought out what was “new”—the Kingdom in mystery, and going out now not only to the Jew, but to every nation for blessing.
The sowing of the seed in the field of the WORLD was an idea the scribe had not hitherto had. Now an instructed scribe would bring out of his treasures “things new and old.”
Notice new comes before old, for the old is still future, still to be fulfilled, whilst the new came into actual existence as the Lord proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom, and it became effective in souls.
The old, that is the Kingdom of Heaven in display—first in conception and last in manifestation—will come to pass when Christ sets up His millennial Kingdom.