Heart of the Matter
In verses 22) “And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine spilled, and the bottles will be marred but new wine must be put into new bottles”.
I have read this then as I was listening to a teaching I was questioning what I had read but not in disbelieve just wanting to know.
I went back and read it. The first question I asked myself was who was Jesus talking to, who were His audience?
In verses 16) the scribes and Pharisees were questioning Jesus disciples, He heard and in verse 17) address them, by saying …..to bring sinners to repentance.
The questions did not end there, in verse 18) the disciples of John and of the Pharisee wanted to know more so they asked Him a question regarding fasting. Jesus answered in verse 19). I won’t quote but He answered brilliantly.
However I love verses 20) “Even more but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days”. Well aren’t we in this time now! Here He is telling them about His crucifixion.
In addition to that He was referring to the religious leaders. One sticking point for them was the day of rest which is the Sabbath.
I am going to think outside of the box here, to say Jesus was saying to them that they many need to change the way some things were being done. Also to not let or allow (a term I like) legalism get in the way of ministering and or helping others.
What I am not saying is Christian core values shouldn’t be changed but the way in which we do things can be different in regards to the need at the time. If you continue to read the rest of the chapter you will see just that.
I see this very clearly! Recently listened to Myles Munroe teaching on the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Interestingly one of his point we need to be innovative. Mark 4:11 Jesus mentioned to His disciples the mystery of the Kingdom of God, I believe there is a link to Myles teaching and my Lords’ right here. End