GOOD MAN AND THE TREASURES OF HIS HEART
A well-instructed scribe is
described as a householder bringing out of his treasures things new
and old. We do not enter a school for no purpose; we enter the
school of the Lord's service to learn the true interpretation of
Scriptures; otherwise, we shall interpret it in the customary or
So, the Scribes professed the
knowledge of the law; they kept and studied and transcribed and
expounded the books of the law. Yet Christ condemned them
because they had the keys to the kingdom of God but they ". .
.would neither enter in themselves nor let others enter
in." This behaviour blasphemes the name of the Lord; they
are Scribes but NOT "instructed in the kingdom of God."
"A good man out of the good
treasures of his heart bringeth forth good things, and an evil
man out of the evil treasures of his heart bringeth forth evil
things." If people say good things but do not live good
lives, they are evil. If they are evil, they cannot speak good
things. Why should we do what we hear from them when we cannot
hear what is good from them?
Whatever an evil man brings forth
from himself is evil. Whatever an evil man brings forth out of
his own heart is evil; for him, the things he treasures are evil.
But whatever a good man brings
forth out of his heart is good.
The Scribes sat at the chair of
Moses and taught the law of Moses. Christ told the Jews to do what
they say but not what they do. Anyway, what the Scribes taught
did not come from their hearts; what they taught came from the seat
"Every tree is known by its
own fruit. Do men gather grapes from thorns and figs from
thistles?" Thorns and thistles are the evil hearts of
To understand the mystery of God,
how Christ is both man and God, the heart must be cleansed. And it
is cleansed by a good conversation, by a pure life, by chastity,
sanctity and love, and by faith.
It is from the roots of the heart
that actions proceed. If evil desires are planted in the heart,
thorns and thistles will spring forth. If you plant charity, then
grapes and figs will come forth.
This is why the proud and wretched
Pharisees could not give good answers. The least they could have
answered is, "We do not know the answer Master.
Please teach us." But, no. They opened not their
mouth to seek instruction. And, because of their pride, "they
loved the first seats." And Christ condemned their hearts.
This is the leaven of the
Pharisees; the treasures in their heart are: they loved the present
temporal good, they loved the first places, they did not fear the
eternal evil things nor love the good eternal things. Their hearts
being evil, they could not understand nor answer what the Lord asked
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