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Alright, so Clyde is asking what is the meaning of this parable? Luke Five and he bake also a parable unto them no man putth a piece of a new garment upon an old. If otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeeth not with the old. And no man putth new wine into old bottles, else the new wine will burst the bottles and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles, and both are preserved. No man also have drunk old wine. Straight away desireeth new, for he saith the old is better.
All right, Clyde, this is a really great question and it’s funny actually. I remember when I first read this parable, I was like, what is Jesus talking about? I was a little bit confused too. And so it wasn’t until I kind of started studying the New Testament and the life of Jesus a little bit more and kind of what was going on in his ministry that it started to kind of make sense. So I’m going to show you two passages basically in Luke chapter five. I want to give you a little more context to help you understand why Jesus even said this in the first place. And then the second is actually something related to what Jesus said. So go back in Luke chapter five. If you actually go up to verse 33 before this parable, this is the context. So basically what was going on? Why Jesus even said this. So Luke chapter five, verse 33 says then they said to him, why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers and likewise those of the Pharisees, but yours basically talking to Jesus, yours eat and drink. So basically they’re saying these disciples who were John’s disciples, because everybody who was John or a lot of people who were John’s disciples who are following the message of know became followers of Jesus.
Because John was saying, like, jesus is the lamb of God. The Messiah is coming. And when Jesus came he said this is the Lamb of God. And so people started to follow Jesus. And so before Jesus came into the picture or on the was, you know, becoming pretty famous as a preacher. And John said, let’s fast and let’s pray. And then also the Pharisees were just doing their ritual fast all the time. They fast twice a week and say how good they are. And so basically these people were questioning Jesus like why do your disciples, Jesus, they eat and drink, they’re not fasting at all. What’s going on here? And so Jesus says in verse 34, he said unto them, can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? And he goes on to say, but the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them and they will fast in those days. So basically Jesus is was John who was basically preparing the way of the Lord, who was preparing people to meet Jesus, was calling people to fast and prepare their hearts to meet Jesus.
But when Jesus was there, Jesus is the bridegroom and so he’s know when we’re preparing for things, yeah, we’re going to do things that are hard, but when it’s time to celebrate, let’s celebrate. And so they were celebrating that they had the Messiah with them at that time, but Jesus saying, but there be a time where I will go away and my disciples will fast once again because they need to prepare for when I come again in glory. And so when Jesus then goes on to speak this parable in verses 36 through 39, Jesus says nobody puts a piece of an old garment on a new one, otherwise the new makes the tear and the other piece was taken out does not match the old. So basically Jesus is saying there’s an old way of doing things that is going to be done away with. Like basically the ministry of John was going to be no longer in effect, John was to prepare the way of the Messiah to come. But when the Messiah comes, that ministry is no longer necessary because the Messiah came. And so same thing in verse 37 no one puts old new wine into old wine skins.
So basically you can’t try to combine the ministry of preparing for the Messiah to come when the Messiah came, those things don’t go together. Just like in that time, wine skins were made out of basically animal skin or whatever. And so if you took out wine and then put new wine in it, it would make it swell and it would burst. So he’s just basically giving a natural occasion to help people understand this idea that new wine has to be put into new wine skins. This is a new event that has happened. We’ve been praying and waiting for the Messiah to come, but the Messiah is here, this is a new event. We need to be open to the message what the Messiah is to bring. And then he says, but new wine must be put into new wine skins and both are preserved. And no one having drunk old wine immediately desires new. For he says the old wine is better. So just know that, hey, it’s normal to feel like this change, like I don’t know about it, it’s kind of awkward at first. But Jesus is saying it takes some time to adjust to something that’s new.
And I think that’s very true of a lot of things. Scripturally sometimes we might come into a new truth that God is revealing to us and we might go, it might be hard to accept. A lot of people have been raised to believe one way. But maybe in time God shows them a biblical truth that they say, oh, I have to change this in my walk with God, and it might take some time to adjust, but we have to have an open mind to experience new things with God as things change and our experience changes. And it’s interesting because John the Baptist said something very interesting that I think goes perfectly with what Jesus said. And it’s funny because it’s not even in the same book at all. And so here we see in John, chapter three, and this is really what I think the key to the answer is. John, chapter three. John the Baptist says, so in verse 25, there’s some context. It says, Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. And they came to John and said, him, Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan to whom you have testified, behold, meaning Jesus, he is baptizing.
And all are coming to him. And so they’re going, hey, what’s going on? This man Jesus is having people baptized and everybody’s going to him. Aren’t you having a problem with it? Your flock is leaving you. And John says in verse 27, John answered and said, a man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. In verse 28, he says, you yourselves bear me witness that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him. So basically before Jesus to prepare people to meet Jesus. And in verse 29, he says, he who has the bride is the bridegroom. So he who has the bride, which is the church, is the bridegroom. Jesus is the bridegroom, the person who’s going to be married to the bride, the church. And we see that in the Book of Revelation. That God’s church, his people are his bride. And it says, but the friend of the bridegroom, john is basically saying, I’m just a friend of the bridegroom who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore, this joy of mine is fulfilled. He’s like, I’m happy.
I’m happy that more people are following Jesus now. That was my purpose. My purpose is not to just stick with my ministry forever. And things are never going to change. No, I expect things to change. I want them to change for the better. You can’t just keep doing the same old thing. There has to be a time of change. And that was what was going to happen when Jesus came. And then it says the best verse, I think almost one of the best verses in the Bible. In John 330, he says, he must increase, but I must decrease. And so John himself understood that him and his ministry were going to come to an end, but Jesus, so that it would give way for Jesus to increase and grow in his ministry and do what his purpose was, which was a much more important ministry, which was the salvation of the world. John was just trying to get people ready for the Messiah. But the Messiah, Jesus was the one who was actually going to save everybody. And I think that’s why, you know, there’s been no greater prophet than that of John the Baptist, because John the Baptist was humble enough to just say, I’m just here to do my job and then let Jesus get all the glory because he’s the Lamb of God.
He’s the one that takes away the sin of the world. So I hope that answers your question. Yes, it kind of makes first looking at this parable, it’s kind of like, why are they saying you can’t put old wine and new wine skins or new wine and old wine skins? It’s basically saying there’s a time for something, and then once we outgrow that thing, it’s time to do something new. And so that was basically what had happened in the time of John the Baptist. His ministry was there for a season until the fulfillment of Jesus coming as the Messiah and his earthly ministry. And so his disciples were to put away basically his methods and his teachings and follow after the true rabbi, the true teacher, which is, of course, Jesus Christ. So I hope that answers your question.
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