Theologian. Using this understanding of kaine, the difference between the wineskins is not necessarily age (though that is implied) but quality. Jesus brought new religious traditions and expectations. I’ve often been struck by how in U.S. society, a system that strives for distributive justice for all simply does not resonate with most people. But new wine is for fresh wineskins." Its effect was completed and the times had come for the new covenant. 34. The issue is not about the practice but the purpose. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. New wine, therefore, was always put into new wineskins. New wine and old skins are incompatible, and you can’t incorporate Jesus’ new wine into our present system. Also, send me the Progressive Christian Newsletter and special offers. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners. New wine expanded as it fermented, stretching its wineskin. Jesus agenda for his disciples: Stripping away the old wineskins of a religious kind of holy to make way for the new wineskins of a human kind of holy. This past political season, what we saw competing on the Democratic debate stage was more akin to social democracy than socialism, either democratic socialism or authoritarian socialism. New wineskins are about internal identity. Old wineskins—Fasting all about faithfulness. Yet even a social democracy that leaned toward more distributive justice proved too much for most American voters. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. But in a distributively just society, the goal is not to have someone lose so you can win. Only a new wineskin would have the capacity to stretch during the process of fermentation and not break until the process was finished. Jesus appealed to the purpose of the rules—real people (i.e. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. They are too different from each other. This was the case with the spiritual need of mankind. Do you tend to be more stuck in the old wineskin mentality or are you guilty of throwing out the baby with the bathwater on things like fasting and Sabbath keeping? Sower-in-Chief And he also gave some to his companions.”, Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:12-14). When new wine is put in old wineskins, the new wine will cause the old wineskins to expand and will rupture the old skins. New wineskins—Keeping it real. Matthew 9:17 Our context could help us to understand the social context of the gospel stories: the Jesus in these stories was calling for a more compassionate, just and inclusive society in his own culture and time. Herb Montgomery, director of Renewed Heart Ministries, is an author and adult religious re-educator helping Christians explore the intersection of their faith with love, compassion, action and societal justice. Join the Daily Text Fasting Challenge here. New wineskin: the Sabbath was made for man. They also used the metaphor of a path that most people do not choose to travel: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Seedbed's Sower-in-Chief. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved. In Jesus' Parable of the Old and New Wineskins, kaine also appears. For the glory of your name, Jesus. ( Log Out / Subscribe to receive the Daily Text email. ( Log Out / Get updates from Social Jesus delivered straight to your inbox. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. God is establishing a new covenant with the world, and Jesus’ teachings cannot be mixed with the traditional Judaism of the Pharisees and their scribes. Old wineskins—Sabbath all about prohibitions. Could Sabbath be another “wineskin” issue? Remember what the people said? Is it time today for a reformation where we try to infuse old skins with new wine or is it time for the life-giving, healthy transformation of the systems we’re trying to make a more distributively just society fit? Old wineskins—Fasting all about faithfulness. As we often say at RHM, another world is possible, if we collectively choose it. A wineskin is made of leather, the most common of which is goatskin. In Bible times wine was kept in goatskins sewn around the edges to form watertight bags. Share your email and we’ll send you To Sow for A Great Awakening: A Call to Travailing Prayer, as well as weekly updates, announcements of new releases, special promotions, and more! Jesus realized that the things he was teaching were so new that people couldn’t conveniently “tack them on” to their existing beliefs. 38No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. The Pharisees appeal to the rules. One wineskin is dried and cracked, while the other is supple and resilient. Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. Old wineskins—Keeping it religious. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. Farmer. ( Log Out / J.D. We’ll see how this November plays out, but for now, the old skins proved they couldn’t tolerate even a hint of new wine. He had come to lead a group out of Judaism into Christianity. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. New wineskins—Fasting all about fellowship. The term socialism is used to incite fear, and most people fall for it. seedbed.com. I believe it’s time to dream up new skins that are capable of expanding with new wine. This parable was part of Jesus’ answer to the question, “Why do your disciples not fast when disciples of others do fast?” Some questioned Jesus’ violation of social and religious norms of his day: eating with tax collectors and sinners, not fasting and picking grain on the Sabbath. Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Change can be scary if you feel you have too much to lose. David). Keep it real. Only a new wineskin would have the capacity to stretch during the process of fermentation and not break until the process was finished. Though it may also be newer, it is decidedly better. Old wineskins were about external appearance. After selecting and removing the skin, it is cleaned and tanned with tannin collected from the mimosa tree. Jesus called his audience to accept new wine and new wineskins to hold the new wine: he wanted us to participate in the distributively just vision he was offering human society. Ready for the New Wine of the Holy Spirit? Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. Jesus came to provide the world with something brand new. Change ). In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. It’s not an easy transition. Old wineskins were about the fulfilling duty. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. New wineskins are about keeping it real. We must be open to new wine, new paradigms, and new systems or skins to live out a set of ethical values that is life-giving, inclusive, safe, just, and compassionate for everyone, not just the privileged and the elite. New wineskins are about internal identity. This new message, the Good News, said that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to offer all people forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. New wine and old skins are incompatible, and you can’t incorporate Jesus’ new wine into our present system. New wineskins are about keeping it real. The goal is a world where we all win together. In all three of the synoptic gospels, we read: “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. They know what he means. I confess I am still caught up in the old wineskins at times. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17), “And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.