If you read my last blog on out of context scriptures the title of this blog may have rung a bell. Ironically I’m not writing on the traditional meaning of the story about the wine and the cloth from Matthew 9, I want to use it to present a more applicable lesson to us gentiles.
So in order for you to grasp what I’m about to say you need to understand the origin and meaning of Jesus’s parables. First of all the Pharisees were always trying to catch Jesus red handed disobeying the Torah or the Law of Moses. They challenged him about his disciples not fasting, about them not washing their hands (Mat 15:2), about activities on the Sabbath (Mat12:2), about authority over demons, they bugged Jesus about sitting with sinners (Mat 9:11), about the lawfulness of divorce (Mat19:3), even Johns disciples wondered about his obedience (Mat 9:14). basically they wanted Jesus to abide by the rules of the Old Covenant.
So what’s the big deal expecting the Son of God to obey God’s law?
Jesus was the fulfillment of that very Law that God gave Moses on the mountain. It all pointed to Him and showed that mankind alone was unable to achieve perfection and atonement before God. So if we think we still have to obey the Law of the Old Covenant, we have missed the whole point of Jesus coming to us. He came to make us perfect so we could know the Father directly.
Mat 5:17 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Mat 5:18 – “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
Eph 2:15 – having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,
Eph 2:16 – and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.
Rom 7:4 – Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.
Jesus + The Law does not mix
To teach the Pharisees why him and his disciples don’t obey the Law of Moses Jesus uses two parables to describe the problem of mixing of the Old Covenant with the New Covenant (Himself). First it’s like putting fresh wine in to a wineskin that has already been used to ferment a previous batch of wine. This is not a good idea. Because the wineskin (dried goatskin used as a container) has already stretched because of it’s previous fermentation of wine the elasticity of the skin is lost due to the alcohol of the previous batch. So if you put new wine (freshly pressed grape juice) in a used wineskin for fermentation the fumes will be released, the skin will expand and then break open and destroy the entire skin. This would mean 2 to 4 months of time wasted.