“And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who had been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out his treasure what is new and what is old.’”Matthew 13:52
My maternal grandmother was very involved in history and passed that love and interest down to me. My love of history turned into looking at, researching, buying, and selling antiques. A few years ago, I started a small appraisal business in antiques called Keys to the Past, because I believe just that—that antiques offer key insights into our past and help us go forward with our future. Now more than ever, there is a movement in the decorating world to add a unique piece of history, an antique that shows character to homes. Studying the history of past treasures gives me so much insight into how people lived and thrived long ago.
I don’t have to tell you that the Bible gives us the keys to show our students lessons to learn today from the past. Matthew 13:52 states, “And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who had been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out his treasure what is new and what is old.’” The Bible continues to be a living, breathing treasure chest of examples of how to navigate our present. I so enjoy pointing this out to my students, who often think that the Bible is so old and doesn’t apply to them. (Unfortunately, our society thinks that, as well!) While many stories of the Bible are familiar to many kids who have been in church since the nursery, it is so refreshing to teach the ones who are hearing these tried and true lessons for the very first time!
Just like studying the background of antiques, studying the Bible reveals so much of God’s perfect plan for us and our students every day. The connections from Genesis through Revelation prove God’s carefully crafted plans for us, His creation. What an amazing God we serve and worship!
Sharing God’s word is exciting in this time of uncertainty because we know it is true and everlasting. They don’t make antiques anymore, and nothing can be added to the holy scriptures either. God’s words stand the test of time forever and continue to be new each time the Bible is opened.
The good news of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation never grows old and continues to renew the lives that are touched by this wonderful, undeserving gift from our God.
Mary Catherine Stephenson
First Dallas Sunday School Teacher
Mary Catherine Stephenson has been teaching 3rd grade Sunday School for the past 30 years at First Dallas. She is involved in women’s ministry and is the proud mom of three boys.