‘The old is better’–NOT!


Scripture reading for March 10th:  Luke 5

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Luke 5:37-39  “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.  If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.  No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.  And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is better.'”

The ‘old wine’ of the Law and Mosaic Covenant was all the Israelites knew up to the time of Jesus Christ.  They had this ‘wine’ in their old ‘wineskins’.  But Jesus Christ came as mediator of a “New Covenant” of grace through faith.  This new covenant was not something that could just be added casually to the old teaching and temple rituals without causing trouble and great loss!  Jesus used a parable telling about the ‘old’ wineskins and ‘old’ wine and the need for ‘new’ wineskins for ‘new’ wine!

The Israelites would react to the ‘new’ with “The old is better!”   Jesus simply stated this to actually teach the opposite!  If we have ears to hear what Jesus is saying we learn that the new is better when we need to allow God to give us “new wineskins” to go along with it!  When we cling to the ‘old’ religious ways of legalism, we will fail!

Observations for over-comers:  Holding on to the ‘old wine’ and ‘old wineskins’ of our past and even our religious past will hinder us from allowing the ‘new wine’ of the Holy Spirit to give us a completely new life and power to over-come!  “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heat of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep My laws.”  (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

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