This poem is based on another kingdom of Heaven parable from Matthew 13: “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.”
There are many layers to the terms “new” and “old.” We can think of the Old and New Covenants: the law as given by Moses, and grace, which came through Jesus Christ. We can differentiate (as I do here) between old head knowledge and new, fresh heart knowledge. We can separate the old and new into exegesis: the critical examination of a text, and hermeneutics: the interpretation and application of that text to our lives.
“Kingdom of Heaven: Things Old and New” is written in iambic heptameter: x/x/x/x/x/x/x/, form AABBCC. I wrote the poem from the perspective of a scribe, a reader, copier, and teacher of Scripture, who knows the law well, but who also grows to comprehend the kingdom of Heaven.
Kingdom of Heaven: Things Old and New
I was among the learn-ed, but my offerings were bland
To students who had wished to learn, to grow and understand,
But over time the knowledge that was housed inside my head
The history, the dusty page, the list of names, long dead–
It moved into my heart, just bit by bit and line by line,
Until the truths I’d known for years were ultimately mine.
Instruction in the kingdom was the catalyst that spurred
My learning to become complete dependence on the Word.
Head knowledge is foundational, the “Old” a teacher brings–
But knowing facts and knowing Life are very diff-rent things.
And since I’ve come to know this Truth within my heart and soul,
I’m offering both Old and New, instruction full and whole.