Religious Leaders Ask Jesus about Fasting and New Wine. Luke 5:33-39

As we come to the end of Chapter 5 in the Book of Luke, we see two short messages on development within believers. One is on fasting, which Jesus attempted to teach religious leaders of His day, and one is a parable Jesus teaches on the “new life” in Him. Luke writes:
*They said to Him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”*
*Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, in those days they will fast.”(Luke 5:33-35)*
Jesus was speaking of the time He would be taken from them physically, not spiritually. He said at that time fasting would be in order – as it is today.
Fasting was practiced by the religious leaders and by most who worshipped God in Israel in Biblical times. It’s believed even today that the process of this sacrifice, in spiritual terms, is a show of both submission to God’s will and to draw one closer to His presence when seeking communion or answers. Since Jesus, as God, was already in the presence of His disciples, they didn’t need to fast to seek important truths from Him then. But He knew there would be times after his death when the process could be necessary for them.
Fasting for spiritual needs and answers is another “tool in the arsenal” that has been provided for our growth.
Luke finishes 5 with…
*He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. *
*No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.*
*And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’ “(Luke 5:36-39)*
Wineskins were goatskins sewed together at the edges to form watertight bags. Because new wine expands as it ages, it had to be put in new pliable expandable wineskins. A used skin, having become more rigid, would burst and spill the wine.
Like old wineskins, the Pharisees were too rigid to accept Jesus, who could not be contained in their traditions or rules. Christianity would require new approaches, new traditions, new structures.
We, as believers in Christ, should never be so rigid in our thoughts and worship that we are not open to our Lord’s ever expanding ways to see and know Him. That is how we continue to grow into the best versions of ourselves. It was the point of Jesus coming… to show us that Love is not a stranglehold or prison of rules.๐Ÿ™
Let us be ever in prayer for our brothers and sisters in those countries at war. May we pray for wisdom for their leaders, for every need of the people and for these things to stop.๐Ÿ™
Love you all SO very much.โค๏ธ
Poppa B.