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New Wine

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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