October 30, 2020 October 30, 2020 admin admin 0 Comments (Luke 5:36-39) He told them this parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. The Parable of the New Wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins [2]. To place it into the teachings of Jesus is not supportable either in the text of Holy Scripture or the culture of His day. No one is doing great or running at 100%. A man who had never been taught to weld was still teachable, but a man who already knew how to weld was not. There is a new container full of old wine, and here is an old container which does not even contain new wine. Do not mix the old covenant with the new covenant. Disciples who have already studied Torah under the Pharisaic schools (or under the tutelage of John) and have learned to interpret according to those traditions and models, are unlikely to be interested in a new approach. Jesus responds with two parables; the Parable of the Old Coat and the Parable of the New Wine. When a new development comes about, it is easier to reject it. However, only the very gifted went on to study beyond the age of 12 or 13 and only the truly exceptional (and perhaps wealthy) went on to become apprentices of the sages. Jesus warned us of this in the parable. A movement that is good cannot continue to do damage to God’s kingdom. There is singing, drinking and eating. Reflect on the difficulties, trials, or frustrations in your life right now. ), Many of us had great aspirations for quarantine. There have been much chin-pulling over these two parables. Jesus has chosen fishermen and tax collectors precisely because of their lack of pre-conditioned bias. Similarly, God uses the seasons of life (ups and downs) to form in us new wine. Here they are, side-by-side: The symbolism can be readily seen. Almost all commentators have agreed that the old wine, old wineskins and the old coat are metaphors for salvation by obedience to the Mosaic Law. This, then, is the meaning of Jesus’ parables of the patched garment and the wineskins: the gospel of the Kingdom which Jesus brings cannot be fitted into the the Pharisees’ paradigm or way of living, for “by a mongrel mixture of the ascetic ritualism of the old with the spiritual freedom of the new economy, both are disfigured and destroyed”. We’re left wondering, “Is there light at the end of this tunnel?”. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Changes create stress. {24} What a wretched man I am! In the parable, Jesus is telling us not to be guilty of mixing the old covenant with the new covenant. ), TORAH CLUB VOL.#4 CHRONICLES OF THE MESSIAH, PARASHAH: EXODUS/SHEMOT, GOSPEL LUKE 5:12-39. The double parable was evidently being read according to the incompatibility interpretation at a very early stage. Is there any extra-biblical evidence that support an alternative interpretation of the double parable? Luke has gone to some pains to demonstrate the unsavory character of Jesus’s choice in disciples. Ask God to deepen this friendship. New ways to workout, or new languages to learn.) They don’t understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is different. Let us seriously examine our life to see which aspects are not consistent with the life of a Christian. But how do we solve the problem of whether the revelation is from God or from the devil? He can be compared to ink written upon a new sheet of paper. This understanding would seem obvious except for two problems: First, the incompatibility argument is anachronistic. Jesus is saying some things just cannot be mixed. It is difficult to convince someone to accept new things, not to mention convincing them to accept them immediately. Like the parable, the inconsistency will eat us up. As we try to read the Bible but continue to hold on to sin, the new life will eat us up and make us more and more guilty. Those students will be apt to disregard contradictory teaching because they have already formed opinions and made judgments. Jesus is understood to be teaching that the Old and the New Covenants are incompatible where salvation is concerned. It is natural for humans to want the status quo. Perhaps an updated, less metaphorical lesson would be useful: There once was a celebrated metal welder who was known in northeast Minnesota for his excellent work. The Bible is a collection of thousands of verses. {22} For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; {23} but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. How might this parable/teaching dovetail Jesus’ command to count the cost? Who will rescue me from this body of death? All this is work. Jesus invites us, “Come be with me.” Let us say, “Jesus, form new wine in me.”. Yet the principle holds true. Finally, the Avot interpretation solves the problems raised by Luke 5:39, “And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good.