Fasting, fabrics and fermented wine.

Fasting, fabrics and fermented wine.

Mark 2: 18 – 22 “Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” 19 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. 20 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast. 21 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. 22 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”

Fasting, fabrics and fermented wine.

Why are you not fasting?

Throughout the Old Testament the prophets spoke of God being the husband, the bridegroom of the bride, Israel. For Jesus to speak of himself as the bridegroom was his way of revealing in a veiled way his identity. He was God here on earth. Why should there be a longing, a spiritual hunger, an aching heart for God to come and lift off the oppression on their lives when He is here already?! This is amazing. He is here in front of you! All fasting is now cancelled, for now! But there will come a time when Jesus is no longer physically here on earth, then you should fast. This is now. This is for us. We should fast for moves of God.

Why are you sewing good cloth onto an old garment?

The good cloth is new. When Jesus came and then ascended He didn’t leave us alone. Through His victory He sent His Spirit who birthed a new kingdom of the presence of God here on earth. Something new took place. We are in the new period of time. It is incompatible with the old way of life. The new way of grace will not connect with the old way of law. Don’t take something old to build something new.

Why are you pouring new wine into old wineskins?

Similarly don’t take something rigid, tight, unmoveable and inflexible like an old wineskin to hold a new move of the Spirit of God. The foundations of our life need to change to accommodate the Spirit.

This is a new day and we need to treat it so.

 

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