Thursday 28 June, 2012

Luke 5:33-39

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” 34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” 36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. If they do, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And none of you, after drinking old wine, wants the new, for you say, ‘The old is better.’”

Jesus is challenged about the devotional life of the disciples, especially in regard to fasting.  Of course fasting is not meant to be on display, but then again we are speaking of the religious people.  Jesus simply makes plain that the disciples will fast. When He has gone. This is an encouragement to us to fast.

He also makes plain that the old and new do not mix well.

Written by Ps.Richard Botta

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  1. Lynn says:

    I was not familiar with wine and the effect of new wine has if poured into old wine skins so this parable interest me.
    Jesus uses interesting parables in His teachings. The Pharisees were those who drinks the “old wine”, who think the way to God’s kingdom is through “religion”, through their own merits . And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, “the old is good”. They find it hard to accept Jesus, whose arrival is like the “new wine”. Jesus is the way. The good news. Jesus accepts all those who follow Him (His disciples), He accepts those who trust Him. He is not saying fasting is not important as He did say His disciples will fast when He is gone.
    ps. Jesus often retreat to quiet place to pray and He does fast.

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