New Treasures as Well as Old

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on March 29, 2021

What is the challenge the Church faces today?

In our New Testament readings from yesterday and today (Acts 5-1-42),the challenge was persecution. In our Old Testament readings (Deuteronomy 6-10), the challenge was prosperity.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been watching videos we produced last year at this time. A year ago, we faced “Acts” kinds of challenges. The future was uncertain—for us as individuals, our families, our church and our nation. The Holy Spirit granted us boldness and new ways to proclaim the Word so that “more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number” (Acts 5:14).

This year I read the same lessons and see more of the “Deuteronomy” challenges. While some of our family of believers have suffered severe financial hardships, many have enjoyed prosperity as government checks provided relief and the stock market has risen.  
 
Jesus once said, "A disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old" (Matthew 13:52). 

That's true of my daily Bible reading. There are old treasures that I celebrate each year. However, there are also new treasures I discover each year. The Word remains the same, but my life and my world change. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you knew the Scriptures well. When Satan tempted you (Matthew 4:1-11), you responded with words from Deuteronomy 6.Bless our efforts to know your Scriptures well, so that, whatever tests come, your Word might confront our sin, comfort us with forgiveness, and challenge us to boldly testify in your name. Amen. 

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