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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


New Wine / Old Wine Skins

Luke 5:37-39 (ESV)

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.
But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.’ ”

The first sign Jesus did involved wine at the wedding at Cana.

John 2:11 (ESV) This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

Then at the end of His earthly life Jesus again returns to the theme of wine.

Luke 22:20 (ESV) And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.

Strange though how there is no agreement between theologians as to whether we should desire the new wine or desire the old wine.  Notice below Matthew Henry says the new wine is the better thing, yet he admits that Calvin said the old wine was better.

Luke 5:27-39

It was a wonder of his grace that he proportioned their exercises to their strength. He would not put new cloth upon an old garment (v. 36), nor new wine into old bottles (v. 37,38); he would not, as soon as ever he had called them out of the world, put them upon the strictnesses and austerities of discipleship, lest they should be tempted to fly off. When God brought Israel out of Egypt, he would not bring them by the way of the Philistines, lest they should repent, when they saw war, and return to Egypt, Exodus 13:17. So Christ would train up his followers gradually to the discipline of his family; for no man, having drank old wine, will of a sudden, straightway, desire new, or relish it, but will say, The old is better, because he has been used to it, v. 39. The disciples will be tempted to think their old way of living better, till they are by degrees trained up to this way whereunto they are called. Or, turn it the other way: “Let them be accustomed awhile to religious exercises, and then they will abound in them as much as you do: but we must not be too hasty with them.” Calvin takes it as an admonition to the Pharisees not to boast of their fasting, and the noise and show they made with it, nor to despise his disciples because they did not in like manner signalize themselves; for the profession the Pharisees made was indeed pompous and gay, like new wine that is brisk and sparkling, whereas all wise men say, The old is better; for, though it does not give its colour so well in the cup, yet it is more warming in the stomach and more wholesome. Christ’s disciples, though they had not so much of the form of godliness, had more of the power of it.  
(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

Or how about Agustus Toplady?

Having tasted the good old wine of distinguishing grace, you will no longer have any relish for the new scheme of grace without a plan, and of a random salvation; for you will both know and acknowledge that the old is better.


Augustus Toplady

HT: Life & Letters


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?