new wine in old wineskins
These two parables illustrate the fact that you can’t mix old religious rituals with new faith in Jesus. (Matthew 9: 14-17). Jesus proclaimed the new wine of the kingdom of God, adding that new wine requires new wineskins. Help me to be open to the new work you want to do in and through me today, and in the days ahead. We are nervous if not resistant when gospel points to new ways of being and doing. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins” (Luke 5:36-38). Talk with your small group or a wise friend about the “wineskins” of your lives. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into fresh wineskins.”  Both of these parables were based on behaviors that were commonplace in the culture of Jesus. This devotion is part of the series: Following Jesus Today. New Wine in Old Wineskins: Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-38 The parable of the new wine in old wineskins has the same meaning as the Parable of the Unshrunken Cloth on an Old Cloak.Jesus mentions both together, as part of his answer to the question: Why do your disciples not fast when disciples of other teachers do fast? THE OLD WINE "And no one who has drunk the old desires the new, for he says, The old is better" (Luke 5:39). Lord Jesus, thank you for the new wine you offer. We are enjoying the new wine of the gospel. Though Jesus experienced considerable popularity early in his messianic ministry, his message was often perplexing to his listeners and his behavior confusing. I have a friend who always insists on drinking old wine. This confused folk who were trying to figure Jesus out because, in that culture, serious religious people frequently fasted (Luke 5:33). Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Amen. Instead we need a new vessel for the new wine. c/o De Pree Center - "Bottles" in this verse is better rendered literally wine-skins (ἀσκούς). Think together about how your life is shaped according to the gospel. But it was also new in at least two ways. How do you respond to what Jesus says about new wine and old wineskins? Sometimes this new thing involves…, Following Jesus Today: Wine, Wineskins, and the…, Whether you lead a church or a business, a school or a city, a factory…, Following Jesus Today: Honoring the Authority of Jesus, Jesus taught with surprising authority. It is true that man likes old wine and thinks that new wine is not as good. We can find it easy to contain the new wine of Jesus in the wineskins of our familiar religious practices. For example, the disciples of Jesus did not fast, but ate and drank freely. grape juice) into an old wineskin, because the fermentation of the juice would cause it to expand, thus splitting the old wineskin, which was not supple like a new wineskin. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. Everyone who has tasted old wine does not like to taste new wine. This novelty demanded new ways of thinking and acting. God’s kingdom was active in Jesus, in all he said and did. But Jesus was bringing a new message and that new message deserved new practices. Can you think of a time in your life when you chose “new wineskins” in response to the “new wine” of Christ? Show me the “wineskins” of my life that need to be retired. [Jesus] also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. We cannot take the new revelation that God is releasing and try to place it in an old vessel. © Copyright 2020 De Pree Center. We will lose the new wine and destroy the old vessel. Required fields are marked *, Fuller Theological Seminary And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If so, when was this? Yet we face a temptation similar to that of the serious religious folk in Jesus’s day. Thus, people knew to put new wine into new wineskins. Thank you for the renewing work of your Spirit in my life. First, it was dramatically new in comparison to the message of the Pharisees and other Jewish teachers, who were focused on the interpretation and application of the old Mosaic law.