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The New and Old Wine


   PART III: THE NEW AND THE OLD
 
           CHAPTER 18
Introduction
            Luke alone adds the parabolic illustration of The New
         and Old Wine to his account of the New and the  Old  trilogy.
         It is found in Luke 5:39.
 
The Story
  "And no one after drinking old wine wants
       the  new,  for  he  says,  `The  old   is  better.'"
       (Luke 5:39, New International  Version).
       Clarke adds,

              The "old wine" among the rabbins, was "the wine  of
              three leaves"--that  is,  wine  three  years  old--
              because,  from  the time that the vine had produced
              that wine, it had put forth its leaves three times.
              [Adam   Clarke,   COMMENTARY  ON  THE  HOLY  BIBLE,
              Abridged by Ralph Earle (Grand Rapids:  Baker  Book
              House, 1974), p. 864].

              The expression,  "The old is better,"  may have  been  a
         Jewish  proverb.    (Carr,    CAMBRIDGE  GREEK TESTAMENT  FOR
         SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES, MATTHEW, p. 174).  The saying  is  true
         as  a  generalization.    Old  principles, beliefs and truths
         should not be set aside quickly.  Only when the new is proven
         should it be accepted.
 

                                           
 

                               The Interpretation

              In  his  parabolic illustration of The New and Old Wine,
         Jesus teaches us that the Jews were  satisfied  with  Judaism
         and did not want Christianity.  Human beings are creatures of
         habit and resist change of any kind, good or bad.    However,
         there  is  more than mere resistance to change involved here.
         Many of the Jewish religious leaders  were  rejecting  Christ
         and  his  new  revelation.  They were also refusing to accept
         spiritual light that the God of Israel was trying to shed  on
         Old Testament scriptures.
 

                              Central Truth

            GOD EXPECTS US TO ACCEPT NEW TRUTH.
 

                               Conclusion

          It is extremely dangerous to reject the truth.  In doing
         so, we open ourselves up to deception.   Life is  dynamic--we
         either  progress  or  regress--we  do  not  stand still.  God
         expects us to walk in the truth as he reveals it to us.  END.