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