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‘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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The old seems better!

Scripture reading for March 23rd: Luke 5:29-6:11

Jesus was eating at the house of Levi (Matthew) with a large group of tax collectors and people considered by the religious establishment to be ‘sinners’.  These Pharisees complained to Jesus’ disciples about their Master’s conduct.  Jesus heard them and answered, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous , but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31)  Jesus made it plain that He was eating at this banquet with a purpose in mind.  The Pharisees judged Him as doing something that would make Himself unclean.  They were always concerned with the externals and not with the true mission of God.

Jesus spoke a parable to help them understand and have a change of heart.  “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one.  If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.  And no one pours new wine into old wine skins.  If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined.  No, new wine must be poured into new wine skins.  And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, “the old is better.” (Luke 5:36-39)

This parable speaks of the need to change our way of thinking.  When we use Old Testament laws to define righteousness, it will not work!  We cannot keep the law anyway.  The new way of faith and grace is like having a new wine skin.  The new wine of the Holy Spirit needs a new wine skin to allow it to bring necessary changes without damaging the vessel.  Trying to put the Holy Spirit into the old legalism of the law will cause the skins to burst and be ruined!

The most interesting statement is the last verse–those drinking the old wine will not like the new.  They will feel that the old is better.  Change is difficult for human beings.  We resist change and find it hard to adapt to new revelations.  Following the Holy Spirit takes faith and requires constant attention to His leading.  It is easier to put God in a box of rules.  Are you resisting change from the Holy Spirit today?  Pray for a flexible new wine skin!

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The old seems better!

Scripture reading for March 23rd: Luke 5:29-6:11

Jesus was eating at the house of Levi (Matthew) with a large group of tax collectors and people considered by the religious establishment to be ‘sinners’.  These Pharisees complained to Jesus’ disciples about their Master’s conduct.  Jesus heard them and answered, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous , but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31)  Jesus made it plain that He was eating at this banquet with a purpose in mind.  The Pharisees judged Him as doing something that would make Himself unclean in their estimation.  They were always concerned with the externals and not with the true mission of God.

Jesus spoke a parable to them to try and help them understand and have a change of heart.  “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one.  If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.  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.” (Luke 5:36-39)

This parable speaks of the need to change our way of thinking.  When we use Old Testament laws to define righteousness, it will not work!  We cannot keep the law anyway.  The new way of faith and grace is like having a new wineskin.  The new wine of the Holy Spirit needs a new wineskin to allow it to bring necessary changes without damaging the vessel.  Trying to put the Holy Spirit into the old legalism of the law will cause the skins to burst and be ruined!

The most interesting statement is the last verse–those drinking the old wine will not like the new.  They will feel that the old is better.  Change is difficult for human beings.  We resist change and find it hard to adapt to new revelations.  Following the Holy Spirit takes faith and requires constant attention to His leading.  It is easier to put God in a box of rules.  Are you resisting change from the Holy Spirit today?  Pray for a flexible new wineskin!

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