Thursday, June 30, 2016


A Miracle Is a Sign That God Uses To Point to Himself.

Are you expecting or looking for a miracle in your life _   today?

Or, maybe you’re even in need of a SUPER incredible and extraordinary miracle.  But let’s examine what a miracle is?

Think on this scenario: perhaps there was a time that when you might have made this comment or statement: “It was a miracle that I survived that car crash, “ or perhaps you’ve even heard it said, “it was a miracle Billy or Susie, survived that surgery; few people have.”  I find it amazing how we (yes, even me) have come to take and use the expression ‘miracle’ so lightly.  So, with that said, back to the question. What is a miracle?  To find the answer, let’s explore the biblical definition.  I think we should start there . . . especially we’re looking and expecting one in our lives today.

First and foremost, we should understand that according to the Bible, not everything difficult to believe can be quantified as a miracle.  According to scripture, miracles are those acts that only God can perform; usually super-ceding natural laws. Baker's Dictionary of the Bible defines a miracle as "an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God." Then, this is the part I especially like, It goes on to add that a miracle occurs to show that the power behind it is not limited to the laws of matter or mind as it interrupts fixed natural laws. So the term supernatural applies quite accurately.

So, we ask ourselves, does something have to break a natural law for it to be a miracle?  Again, let’s look at scripture. My study revealed that when Jesus and the apostles performed miracles, the New Testament had not been written? Did you know that?  If you’re like me, you knew it, but it hadn’t really sunk in. At that time men and women could learn the gospel only by hearing an inspired man speak by the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit.  

Note: the power of the spoken word is active today!  Moving on, we may be wondering how the listener could distinguish a true prophet of God from impostors. If a man could perform works that were impossible by human power, people would have proof that he could also speak for God. That was the purpose of miracles (Acts 14:3; Mark 16:20).

Back to our question. But do we need miraculous signs to confirm God's word today?

The apostles received all truth during their lifetime (John 16:13).
   They wrote this truth in the New Testament, so it now provides us to
   every good work (2 Tim. 3:16,17). John 20:30,31 say that the Scriptures
   record the miracles of Jesus so we can believe in Him and have eternal life.

What more do we need?

Since the Scriptures have been completed, we now need neither spoken revelation nor miraculous confirmation. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 predicted that, when the process of revelation had completed its work, so that God's perfect will had been made available to man, miraculous powers would cease (see also James 1:25; Jude 3).

Paul said, "Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you
   with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds."
   (2 Cor 12:12 NKJV)

Sooooo, "signs and wonders and mighty deeds" were the "signs of an apostle."  The apostles are dead.  Those on whom they laid their hands are dead, so miracles have ceased.  

However, be encouraged just as I am encouraged that GOD ‘still’ sits on the throne and answers every prayer; and will not suffer to see His sheep endure trials and tribulation without a Mighty move from on high.  Cry out to HIM and see HIS MIGHTY POWER at work.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts (BSTFPA)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016




He that goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:6  KJV

Did you know that Tears in Scripture play a unique role in spiritual breakthrough?  Discover as I, that the planting of seeds accompanied by a spirit of brokenness will not only bring a spiritual harvest of results, but will leave the sower with a spirit of rejoicing in the process.  


First, there are tears of sorrow or suffering (2 Kin. 20:5).  Second, there are tears of joy (Gen. 33:4).  Third, there are tears of compassion (John 11:35). Fourth, there are tears of desperation (Esth. 4:1, 3).  Fifth, there are tears of travail, or giving birth (Is 42:14). Sixth, there are tears of repentance (Joel 2:12, 13). Passion in spiritual warfare is clearly needed.

Hope for the Teary

Do you cry a lot?  I do. And I mean I cry a lot. There was a time when I wondered about my crying ALL THE TIME.  And pleaseeee,  don’t let me see someone else crying (even strangers), it‘s as though a switch has come on within me. I don’t even have to know “why” that individual is cry; I just cry. As hard as I try, I can not control my crying.  If I’m watching a movie; I’m crying.  If I’m listening to love songs; I’m crying.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I believe that through tears one can experience the full measure of God's comfort. Possibly that is the main purpose — is to expose a “yielding” that can be touched by Him.  But, let me tell you, I don’t wonder why I’m crying when reading THE WORD of GOD.  I AM CHRIST –TAINED.  I am happy to be “different”. I am set apart for Christ.  Now, I cry because I know that ‘indeed’ I am one Princess with God. See, I’ve studied and learned that tears play a fundamental role in the Christian life.  


ears are evidence of a heart in tune with God. Frequently when tears are referenced in the Bible they accompany repentance, love or sorrow for the lost.  I want to share something that touch the core of my soul and I pray that you too are so moved.  Here goes:

Jesus rebukes him: "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.... Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much." Jesus confirmed that the woman's tears were evidence of her right heart with God.

Here is the Story:

A  Pharisees invited Jesus to dinner; he entered the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. A local woman, one who was a sinner, found out that Jesus was having dinner at the Pharisee's house.  She showed up with an alabaster jar of myrrh, and weeping at Jesus’ feet, her tears wet his feet, and she wiped them dry with her hair. Then she kissed his feet, and anointed them with the myrrh.

The Pharisee who had invited him saw this and said to himself, "if this man were a prophet, he would know who this is and what kind of woman is touching him, since she is a sinner."

                      And Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."
"Teacher," he said, "Speak up."

"This moneylender had two debtors; one owed five hundred silver coins, the other fifty. Since neither one of them could pay, he wrote off both debts. Now which of them will love him more?"

Simon answered, "I would imagine the one for whom he wrote off the larger debt."

And he said to him, "You're right." Then turning to the woman, he said to Simon, 

"Do you see this woman? I walked into your house and you didn't offer me water for my feet; yet she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn't offer me a kiss, but she
hasn't stopped kissing my feet since I arrived. You didn't anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with myrrh. For this reason, I tell you, her sins, many as they are, have been forgiven, as this outpouring of her love shows. But the one who is forgiven little shows little love."

And he said to her "Your sins have been forgiven."

Then those having dinner with him began to mutter to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

And he said to the woman, "Your trust has saved you; go in peace."
                                                                                                              Luke 7:36-50

A LITTLE Something to Do

1. If you have land, PLANT A FEW MORE SEEDS THIS YEAR . Give the extra fruits or vegetables to people that do not have very much of their own.

2. HAVE A DREAM! This is not a dream when you are asleep. This dream is a good idea that God will give you. He will give it to you if you pray to him. Then do something to make your dream happen.

3. AND DON’T FORGET TO CRY.  Sometimes big girls do cry.  Oh, and big boys. . . don’t believe that legend about big boys don’t cry. it's NOT TRUE. Go on and cry.  It pleases GOD; that’s all that matters.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


…and being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.                Luke 22:44

Will you pray with me while I meditate on the Garden of Gethsemane?  Last night I went to the house of worship in remembrance of Good Friday. As I meditated on the goodness of Lord God Almighty, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude.  The Holy Spirit rose up in me and for moments that went on forever, I cried intense tears of unrestraint appreciation for the love my Abba Father has for me and you.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)

Why was I so overcome last night?  Why was I so moved?  Why did the rivers of emotion bust forth with such conviction?  It’s not like this was my first time worshipping on a Good Friday. I’ve heard countless sermons before on the Garden of Gethsemane, I’ve heard, like you, the scripture John 3:16 over and over and over again, yet never the intensity of Holy Ghost movement as I experience last night. And now as I share with you, I must remind myself to not dwell on the why.  I most narrow my focus to the LOVE of my Abba Father.  It really is no mystery; it’s just love.  Hallelujah!  Note in that one verse of John 3:16, God did three things. Let’s count them: 1. Loved us. 2. Gave His ‘only’ 3. Promised eternal life!   Can we love HIM as much as HE loves us?  Can we?

Luke 22: 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

The cup that Jesus wanted taken from him was not the cup of pain, rejection, torture, humiliation, and disgrace that he would suffer on the cross, but the pain of separation from His father God Almighty.  God will not look upon sin! Do we cry out like that of Christ Jesus when we knowingly sin?  Jesus was sinless!  Yet for our sake, He took on the sin debt of the world, to set us from death.  That was the anguish of Gethsemane.  

Are we earnestly praying for direction to walk in the footsteps of Jesus?  Are we crying out for forgiveness of sin that our names are written in the Book of Life?  Jesus died for us.   Why not LIVE for Him?

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts (BSTFPA)

Monday, June 27, 2016


Love is the one business in which it pays to be an absolute spendthrift: give it away; throw it away; splash it over; empty your pockets; shake the basket; and tomorrow you’ll have more than ever.

 Romance. Ohhhh, sweet romance.  I am sooo in-love with love. However, today, after being fully anointed with spiritual wisdom and understanding of the genuine essence of love, I’m letting my God do the guiding. Use to be, I was engrossed with the romance novel type of love and_ Okayyyy, I’ll put the brakes on. I confess; I still am. But the wiser me reads for the thrill of the read. LOL.

Once upon a time…a verrrrry long time ago, one could buy True Love Romance comic books in the 7-11 stores.  Does anyone remember those days?  Well, there use to be comic book stands almost immediately upon entering the store.

After school, I’d go in and spend ‘all’ my money! See, I’d saved all my lunch money for about a week just to buy 3 / 4 comic books.  Every once in a while, I’d actually buy other genre too. There was Scooby Doo; I loved Scooby. And I’d occasionally buy Archie, Betty and Veronica, and Richie Rich. But, I’d venture to say that I possessed about 4 -500 romance comics before I graduated high school!  I was captivated and very close to being obsessed with these stories of love.  

But, how many of you know the potential dangers of being ensnared by the illusion of make believe (years later, I would became a published romance author).  Dreams of a knight in shining armor can (if not careful) become a figment of our imagination that will eventually become a false reality.  Below is an example of some of what I was absorbed in.

These stories coupled with see the love for my mom in my dad’s eyes sealed the dream of having that perfect husband.  My parents were married ‘until death did them part”. Little did I know that my parents were not the only resource to prepare me for marriage?  At that time, I never remotely close to considering what my parents in the Bible taught about marriage?  Which parents am I referring to? Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, and then there was Jacob and his wives…Leah and Rachel, have a lot to teach us about marriage, don’t they!  WOW! How would we handle that situation today?  Marriage is a union of two imperfect people coming together in a fallen and sinful world, both with good and bad traits, habits, sins, selfish desires…….both like sheep…gone astray and wanting to be happy. Paul says it's a formula for trouble.

Reality Check.  As I stated, God wasn’t in my plans at the time in my life.  In the 1st chapter of Corinthians verse 21 Paul says: "….But those who marry will face many troubles in this life."  I didn’t know I would need Jesus in my marriage; I was tip toeing through the tulips and reading the pages of comic books. Little did I know that the Bible had a lot to say about marriage? Let’s visit 1 Cor. 7 together.  Oh, let me make one point clear before we proceed.  

I am not an authority on marriage!  I am studying and learning with you. I believe that the man my heavenly Father is preparing for me will love GOD more than me; so with that in mind, our marriage will not fail because he will be honoring the GOD in me, always seeking to please the one who brought us together. Hallelujah and Amen!

20 Biblical Marriage Principles WE Need to COMMIT TO HEART

Marriage principles are in essence things that you should and things that you should not do or say in a marriage. If the couple follows these principles then the changes that marriage will be successful are increased.

In 1 Corinthians 7:10, 11, Jesus did not address every possible marriage detail.  He did, however, ask His disciples to follow God’s original creation design and never to sever the oneness of their marriage bond (Matt. 19:3-9).  A Christian couple is to bear witness to the world by keeping marriage indissoluble.  They represent the truth of covenant love and should live and grow in a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.  Having dealt with the ideal of marriage, Paul, realizing the reality of stresses and human failure, mentions the permissibility of divorce (but and if she depart [v.11]).  This permitted divorce has a strict regulation-no adultery, meaning there can most likely be no remarriage in this case except to the one from whom she was previously divorced (let he remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband [v.11]).  It is not clear why Paul addresses this from the woman’s perspective, but the principle applies to both genders. 

Nonetheless, how we approach marriage, more importantly, how we fulfill it, is extremely important to our own welfare and homes. It will either yield great joy and fulfillment or heartache and disappointment.

1. Be fair, you are not always correct
Be fair with your self and partner and have always in your mind that you are not always correct. You may be sometimes wrong in your decisions and thoughts. It is a fact that when two people disagree, the truth is somewhere in the middle. And when two people separate then certainly the blame is in both. If from time to time we forget the middle ground, and we do not compromise then this will create severe problems to our marriage. The marriage principle in this case is to compromise and accept the fact that you are making mistakes and sometimes exaggerating more than needed.

2. Do not promise anything you cannot do
If the marriage was based on our many words, but words were never made into projects, it is perfectly logical to be full of frustration and anger. The words and promises are made too easily when we love and when things go well. But when you get into a difficult situation things change. This is the time to stop the unreal promises and start making actions.

3. Everybody makes mistakes
Accept the simple principle, that all people make mistakes. The mistake is part of human nature and we should be able to forgive and look to the future. If we rehash the mistakes, and if in any disagreement we mention one hundred other reasons we should in the past being angry with our partner, then this will kill our soul and will fill it with the anger and bad memories.

4. Respect to be respected
Perhaps while we promised respect, eternal love and devotion, we do not follow this oath? Maybe we did not understand that the marriage is a commitment to life and we must respect and honor the person with whom we connected our lives. Showing lack of respect to our partner, whether occasional or on a permanent basis, is perhaps the biggest mistake that we do. When respect is not mutual in a marriage then it is more likely that marriage will end up in a disaster.

5. Show your interest to your partner
Marriage is like a flower that wants watering every day or else I will be destroyed. So we must not rest on the fact that now that we are married we should not show any interest in our partner but let things as they come. It takes a lot of trouble and struggle to maintain quality and a genuine relationship. We need every day to show our interest in our partner not only in words but also in deeds.

6. Be consistent
We need to be consistent between words and acts so that the other person can trust us. Even taking care to be together and supportive in every difficult moment of our partner and not only look on how we can have a good time.

7. Be open for discussion with your partner
All issues and disputes must be settled and resolved through dialogue and not by absolute positions that are dogmatically imposed from one person to the other person. As a good principle, do not avoid discussions and never try to impose your opinion on your partner. Everybody has his or her own opinion and this should be respected. In case of a disagreement the best way to find a solution is through discussion.

8. Do not take advantage of your superiority
Do not exploit your possible superiorities in a particular area over your partner. For example if you are in a better financial position or have a better job than your partner do not try to take advantage of that and make your partner feel inferior. Instead, as a principle try to support and help your partner to improve with out criticism.

9. Make mutual decisions with your partner
Decide together for the birth and education of a child. Not one has illusions that everything will be rosy and everyone knows that within life there is routine, boredom, and disconnection. You need to have patience and faith in the strength of the relationship and always try to find ways to tackle a difficult situation together through dialogue and mutual decisions.

            10. Do not neglect your partner
In the context of marriage you have to give your partner the attention he/she deserves. You should not always deal with your work or children and neglect your partner. The principle is that you should have a balance in your life, so as to manage your time efficiently and have enough time to devote to your partner and family.

11. Do not get nervous at the same time.
12. Do not shout to each other unless the house is on fire.
13. If someone must win a ‘fight’ then let the other win.
14. If you must judge and criticize your partner then do it with love.
15. Do not repeat mistakes you made in the past.
16. Neglect the word around you than neglecting your partner.
17. Never go to bed without being in terms with your partner.
18. Try at least once a day to compliment your partner.
19. If you make a mistake, be ready to admit it and apologize.
20. It takes two to make a brawl, and usually the one that is wrong talks more.

 In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts (BSTFPA)

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.


All of us may find our courage tested by the inevitable disappointments and tragedies of life. After all, ours is a world filled with uncertainty, hardship, sickness, and danger. Trouble, it seems, is never too far from the front door.

When we focus upon our fears and our doubts, we may find many reasons to lie awake at night and fret about the uncertainties of the coming day. A better strategy of course, is to focus not upon our fears, but instead upon our God.

God is as near as your next breath, and He is in control. He offers salvation to all His children, including you. God is your shield and your strength; you are His forever.  So don’t focus your thoughts upon the fears of the day. Instead, trust God’s plan and His eternal love for you. And remember: God is good, and He has the last word.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bibles Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts,

Saturday, June 25, 2016


When you count the cost of living a life that makes a difference you see that it is someone that . . . . .

I. Has Died - John 12:24; Matt 16:24 Jesus said in both passages that we are to die to self. We are to put the old, natural man away and live as new people. Listen to what He says. He compares the Christian life to a seed or grain of wheat, planted in the ground and watered and sprouts up and lives. Just as the seed must first die in the ground before it can bring about new life, we also must die to the old things that separated us from God. It is only when we die that we can truly live. Paul says in 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

II. Is Separated - John 12:24; Matt 10:37 This is one of the hardest conditions of the Christian life that we can possibly face today. Once we have died to self and the things of the world, we must separate ourselves from the things of the world. It is only when we do as the grain of wheat after it is planted in the dark ground, alone and separated from the farmer's care that it springs forth with new life. We all have a sinful nature and we possess the ability to sin at any time. However, we have the strength and the power of the Holy Spirit to resist if we keep ourselves pure. David said, "Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against Thee." It is through the power of the word of God that we have at our disposal that we can resist temptation. Now here is one of the most difficult passages to understand. Look at verse 34. Jesus says that your family will be your enemy. Why? Well, it was prophesied years earlier by the prophet Micah. In the 7:6 we read the same words. God is telling us that if we believe and our family doesn't believe that they will not understand the spiritual things that we do. They will not understand our wanting to go to church and to help others and all those things that we as Christians want to do. Families who are not saved can be unmerciful to a new Christian. And Jesus is saying that to love God is more important than even your mother or father. That may sound like harsh words, but look at Matt 8:21. Jesus is saying that the world can take care of the world; you need to take care of the things of God. Whatever God has called you to do, do it.

III. Bears Fruit - John 12:24; Matt 16:32-33 Just as the seed dies, is buried, and then springs to life, it then bears fruit. If it doesn't bear fruit, how will you know it is a grain of wheat or a sunflower seed? Jesus is referring to the outward expression of the inner person, deeds or duty that will make one worthy of salvation. Look at the order in which He gives us this. "If it dies, that is dies to self, it bears much fruit." What kind of fruit? Fruit of the Spirit. Those things that are Godly and that separate us from the world. Paul said that we are "saved by grace through faith, not works." Then James comes along and says, "Show me your faith without works, and I'll show you my faith by my works." Now these are not contradicting statements. God has promised that when we become a Christian we become different people. 

IV. Is willing to lose their life - John 12:25 Matt 16:24-27 What does it mean to lose your life? How does one lose his life? Jesus is again telling the disciples that eternal life is for those who have forsaken the world's way of living and followed Jesus. Losing your life is not that hard to do, but keeping it lost can be. That's why Jesus said that we have to daily deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him. That was a big order for the disciples and for us, but it's the only way.

V. Is able to find new life - John 12:25; Matt 16:24-27 If we lose our life, we must find a new life. Christ showed us that the only way to have new life is to believe in Christ and follow Him. The new life is given by God to those who believe and turn from their old way of living. Paul says in Gal 3:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." You see, it is the power and strength of the Holy Spirit in us that gives us our daily ability to follow Christ.

VI. Is a servant - John 12:26; Matt 16:24 Jesus says that we are to be servants to all. He says that God will honor those who serve. Even at the Last Supper, Jesus gave an example of servant-hood. He washed the disciple’s feet. He then said, "a servant is not greater than his master, but if you want to be first, be last, and if you want to be great, be a servant." A life that makes a difference is a life that costs. It has a price to pay, but is willing to make the sacrifice for the promised reward of eternal life.

In Christ,
Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Friday, June 24, 2016


“Well done good and faithful servant”

- Matthew chapter 25

Christ keeps no servants to be idle: they have received their all from him, and have nothing they can call their own but sin. Our receiving from Christ is in order to our working for him. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. The day of account comes at last. We must all be reckoned with as to what good we have got to our own souls, and have done to others, by the advantages we have enjoyed. 

Comparable to a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time, the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.

See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’                   - Matthew 25:14-30

The slothful servant is sentenced to be deprived of his talent. This may be applied to the blessings of this life; but rather to the means of grace. Those who know not the day of their visitation, shall have the things that belong to their peace hid from their eyes. His doom is, to be cast into outer darkness. It is a usual way of expressing the miseries of the damned in hell. Here, as in what was said to the faithful servants, our Saviour goes out of the parable into the thing intended by it, and this serves as a key to the whole. Let us not envy sinners, or covet any of their perishing possessions. (Mt 25:31-46) Matthew 25:14-21

Join this thought to Exodus 31 and 35: God gave gifts—power and abilities—to everyone working on the Tabernacle.  Now, join this thought to the church and to Christ as our Leader. He traveled into heaven, as shown in the Parable of the talents, giving gifts to His servants to exercise in His "absence."

These talents, or gifts, are attributes of His mind, His Spirit, and He communicates them to us to enable us to serve within His will. As we can see in the parable, they are not given to remain static within us, but are to be developed and used. The servants are commended and rewarded for to their faithful use of His gifts.  Soooooo, it would certainly behoove us all wouldn’t it if we carefully note the outcome of faithful service, and of unfaithful service, in this parable.
God, makes possible for us to carry out our tasks within the church, thus we have no excuse for not building and strengthening it. We have no more excuse than Bazeleel and Aholiab had, or all the others who worked on the Tabernacle.

My study of this parable brought me to the following reading; and I share it exactly as I read it:

This parable focuses on four major themes: resources, work, time and profit. If we were to make an equation of this parable, it would probably go like this:

Resources (talents) + Labor (work) + Time = Profit

Let’s begin with the end result – profit. God expects to see a profit. He is not harsh, nor does He require that we do the impossible (make a profit where He has not provided the means). He does not require us to “make bricks” without providing both the clay and the straw.

Just as a businessman expects to make a profit, and rejoices when his employees increase his wealth, so God expects a profit and rejoices in it. He has granted the time and the resources for men to make a profit for the kingdom of heaven, until He returns. The question for us to consider is this: Just how do we measure "spiritual profit"? This is probably a sermon in itself – perhaps even a book. I think we could all agree that the salvation of lost souls is a profit for the kingdom. Thus, evangelism is one form of spiritual profit. We know that God expects us to grow over time, and that He is displeased when we fail to grow:

Verse 11.  It was He who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers; 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature (Ephesians 4:11-13).

Verse 12 For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God’s utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. 

Verse 13 For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. 

Verse 14 But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:12-14).

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts

Thursday, June 23, 2016


MATTHEW 13:52KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) 52 Then 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.


In response to the disciples’ affirmation concerning their understanding, Jesus likens them to a householder able to integrate the new with the old.  The disciple who has been properly instructed has at his command both Judaism (old) and Christianity (new). 

Shall we go back to the basics?  If you’re anything like me, you really need to know the background to this parable; let’s go: Scribes were people in the Old Testament who wrote down the laws to preserve them. They also interpreted them for the people to follow. They were quite like the Pharisees of the New Testament who taught the laws and kept them up to date. The trouble was: that while God originally gave His prophet, Moses the Ten Commandments and other laws, the religious leaders placed more emphasis on their Books of Interpretation of the Laws, than the actual words spoken to Moses by God. 

This is what angered Jesus the most about the religious leaders. They set hard rules for the common people but broke these same rules themselves. Jesus publicly called them hypocrites: the blind leading the blind!

Essentially, a scribe was to bring new truth into the Word of God to make things relevant and applicable to the current generation. Scribes brought modern-day applications to something that was old. They had to carefully and painstakingly copy all the Scriptures slowly and carefully by hand with total accuracy. Otherwise, they needed to start all over again. There were certainly not any modern computers to delete or add things, or to easily change the size and type of font. It was an extremely specialized and arduous occupation but the authority that it generated among the people was well worth the associated stress and pain.

If they were to bring something new, that was not based on the written Law, or that couldn’t be found in what was already written: the scribe would be called a heretic and his reputation ruined as an expert Bible scholar. But if his comment was based on something Jesus taught, then the new application and insight would bring life to the teaching.

So, the proper teacher of the Word, the real Christian today should be able to know the Word of God and apply it according to what is currently going on around them, similar to what their Master did on earth. Hallelujah!

However, some human characteristics, like selfishness, do not change in people.

Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart of man is deceitfully wicked.” But, we do not have to continue with the old heart of man. Jesus can give you and me a new heart. Life has changed; the way we do things has changed. You and I, as believers, are to bring modern applications to something that was taught in the Bible by the Prophets, the Apostles and Jesus Himself. Today, we need to understand and apply it in order to gain some sustenance for our day to day life.

The principles behind the parables do work! Here, Jesus said He is like a householder who brings out his treasure—things old and new. There are certain things which are old, but have modern things mixed into them. An example would be a sixteenth century ring with a stone in it that is fashionable today and deemed “modern”. You can imagine this old craftsmanship as something fabulous and admirable—a modern stone in an old gold ring.

  • Hebrews 13:8 says: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” The words of Jesus are true. Jesus does not change yet He likes His truth to be relevant and contemporary, which is what this parable is all about. There is great wisdom in keeping some of the old truths in the parables, but there is a great use for modern understanding. Jesus is always up to date. He is relevant. If He were here on earth today, He would be using parables that were talking about things we know and do today. 

Jesus said that a good scribe is able to do this, just like a proud mother or wife presents a meal with the best of her plates and dishes. She may serve a meal on antique plates that were given to her by her great grandmother but when she serves the food, you can be sure it will not be a hundred years old.


Which is better, the old or the new? The parable of the householder's treasure is similar to the parable of the patch and the wineskins (remember last Friday’s parable from Matthew 9:16). Are we to throw away the old for the sake of the new? Or renounce the new, because we prefer the old? The "scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven" is certainly privileged.  A scribe in Jesus' time was noted for his learning of the Jewish scriptures (the Old Covenant). He was a teacher of God's law and wisdom. The scribe (and disciple) who recognizes the new teaching and law which Jesus brings, does not need to abandon everything he learned.  He can now use it in a new light which Christ reveals to those who listen. The words "old" and "new" are often used in the New Testament to refer to the Law of the Old Covenant and to the Gospel.  So, a scribe or disciple who is trained by Christ understands and teaches both the Law and the Gospel. Consider how impoverished we would be if we only had the Old Testament or the New Testament, rather than both.

The Lord gives us wisdom so we can make the best use of both the old and the new. He doesn't want us to hold rigidly to the past and to be resistant to the new work of his Holy Spirit in our lives. We all eager to grow in the knowledge and understanding of God's word and plan for your life, aren’t we?

Prayer: "Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may grow in the knowledge of your great love and truth.  Help me to seek you earnestly that I may conform my life more fully to your will. And please Lord, help me to remember and commit to my heart that_"

1. Jesus Christ is the true Treasure; in him there is an abundance of all that which is rich and useful, and will be a portion for us: all fullness (Col. 1:19; John 1:16): treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3), of righteousness, grace, and peace; these are laid up for us in Christ; and, if we have an interest in him, it is all our own.

2. The gospel is the field in which this treasure is hid: it is hid in the word of the gospel, both the Old-Testament and the New-Testament gospel. In gospel ordinances it is hid as the milk in the breast, the marrow in the bone, the manna in the dew, the water in the well (Isa. 12:3), and the honey in the honey-comb. It is hid, not in a garden enclosed, or a spring shut up, but in a field, an open field; whoever will, let him come, and search the scriptures; let him dig in this field (Prov. 2:4); and whatever royal mines we find, they are all our own, if we take the right course.

3. It is a great thing to discover the treasure hid in this field, and the unspeakable value of it. The reason why so many slight the gospel, and will not be at the expense, and run the hazard, of entertaining it, is because they look only upon the surface of the field, and judge by that, and so see no excellency in the Christian institutes above those of the philosophers; nay, the richest mines are often in grounds that appear most barren; and therefore they will not so much as bid for the field, much less come up to the price. What is thy beloved more than another beloved? What is the Bible more than other good books? The gospel of Christ more than Plato’s philosophy, or Confucius’s morals: but those who have searched the scriptures, so as in them to find Christ and eternal life (John 5:39), have discovered such a treasure in this field as makes it infinitely more valuable.

4. Those that discern this treasure in the field, and value it aright, will never be easy till they have made it their own upon any terms. He that has found this treasure, hides it, which denotes a holy jealousy, lest we come short (Heb. 4:1), looking diligently (Heb. 12:15), lest Satan come between us and it. He rejoices in it, though as yet the bargain be not made; he is glad there is such a bargain to be had, and that he is in a fair way to have an interest in Christ; that the matter is in treaty: their hearts may rejoice, who are yet but seeking the Lord, Ps. 105:3. He resolves to buy this field: they who embrace gospel offers, upon gospel terms, buy this field; they make it their own, for the sake of the unseen treasure in it. It is Christ in the gospel that we are to have an eye to; we need not go up to heaven, but Christ in the word is nigh us.

And so intent he is upon it, that he sells all to buy this field: they, who would have saving benefit by Christ, must be willing to part with all that they may make it sure to themselves; must count every thing but loss, that they may win Christ, and be found in him.  Amen.

In Christ,

Playwright Janet Irene Thomas
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts