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Luke 5:39 John MacArthur

John MacArthur is one who feels Believers should desire the New Wine and not just be content with the Old Wine. I must say I agree with him because I’ve seen how hard is is to take the religion out of people and give them the gospel.  The whole sermon is worth reading or listening to but this is just the portion that covers the Wine

The Uniqueness of the Gospel by John MacArthur

Jesus then gave a third and final illustration, it’s really sad. Verse 39, “And no one after drinking old wine wishes for new, or he says the old is good enough.” That’s just a simple little example. Take somebody whose been drinking the same kind of wine for years and years and years and you come along and say, “Ah, I’ve got a brand new kind here for you.”

“Nah, no, I’ll stick with my old favorite. I don’t want to…”

“Well the new one promises…it’s got new technique, new flavor…”

“No, no, I’m happy with my old.”

Jesus looked at those Pharisees and said, “You’ve been drinking that old wine of Judaism so long, you have absolutely no interest in the gospel.”

It’s really true. People who have been in religions for a long time are very comfortable. They cultivate their taste for that tradition. They cultivate their taste for that experience. And Judaism had become mellowed and settled by centuries of experience and mounting, increasing tradition until it was so much a part of the fabric of their life they couldn’t even see themselves in any other way. They were Pharisees and scribes to the death. They were self-satisfied. They had grown comfortable with their heresy, like old men who have been drinking a certain wine all their life and were not at all interested in a new one no matter what it may have promised by way of delight and pleasure. …   Continue reading


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Matthew 9:14-17 (ESV)

14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.
17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

Turns out that Matthew 9:14-15 speaking about fasting is actually related to verses 16-17.  We see that by the fact that two other books have them recorded together.  However, just like usual Jesus answers their specific question about fasting and then He adds more information taking the discussion much deeper.

This same subject is found in the book of Mark and in Luke.

Mark 2:21-22 (ESV)

21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made.
22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”


Luke 5:36-39 (ESV)

36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.
38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’ ”

Seemed pretty easily understandable in light of MacArthur’s commentary.  But what about Luke 5:39?

Luke 5:39 (ESV) And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’ ”

How does that affect the passage?



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