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Monday, April 16, 2012
The New is better Luke 5:33-39
Keyword: The Chronological order of the life of Our Christ
Today, as we follow our Lord, as He walks amongst men, we see why it was so hard for many of the Jews to follow Him and acknowledge that He is the Messiah. We are going to look at the accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke regarding why the disciples of Jesus did not fast, while the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees did fast. In Luke we will see why and also what and why such an exact account of dead Jews in Ezekiel 37.
We are also going to see what makes replacement theology such a lie. Let us start with the account of Matthew.
14 Then came to Him the disciples of John, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but Thy disciples fast not?" 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the Bridegroom (Jesus) is with them (His disciples)? but the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:14-17 ACP/KJV
Matthew's account tells us that the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus a question. They wanted to know why the disciples of Jesus were not required to fast, while the disciples of John were. A good and logical question. Now before we look at Jesus' answer, let us also look at same account, but through the pen of John Mark.
18 And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Thy disciples fast not?"
19 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the Bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the Bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. 21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse. 22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles. Mark 2:18-22 ACP/KJV
Now we see here in Mark, that it was not just the disciples of John the Baptist, but also the disciples of the Pharisees that wanted to know why the disciples of Jesus were not required to fast. And we see that Jesus' answer is literally identical to His answer as recorded in Matthew. But again before we study the Lord's answer, let us look at the last account recorded in the Bible of the very same day and action.
33 And they said unto him, "Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but Thine eat and drink?" 34 And He said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, when the Bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
36,37,& 38 And He spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new
garment(Christianity) upon an old(Judaism under the law); if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
39 No man also having drunk old wine (Judaism under the law) straightway desireth new (Salvation by Grace and not works): for he saith, 'The old is better'. (Luke 5:33-39 ACP/KJV)
Alright, now we have the three accounts, let's look at the Lord's answer, since we sure now know not only the question, but who is asking it. And I dare say, why they are asking it. They, the disciples of John and the Pharisees are asking Jesus why they have to fast and why His disciples don't. They are jealous, fasting is not fun, eating, drinking and merry making are, but fasting is not. So, they say to Jesus, "Hey how come we have to fast and Your guys don't?"
And Jesus tells them that as long as He is with them, they need not fast, for His being here on earth is like a wedding ceremony, a feast to His followers. But, He tells them, one day soon, He will be taken away and then His disciples will have hard and sorrowful times and they will fast. For you see, one does not fast during times of plenty, one fasts when things are bad, in hopes that God will honor the fast and get them out of whatever fix they are in.
But then Jesus goes on and more fully explains the difference between the New Testament of Grace verses the Old Testament of works. He explains it in very common sense terms, terms that anyone can understand, any one of His listeners, from the poorest to the richest, from the youngest to the oldest, man or woman, boy or girl would understand His example.
He said, when you have a worn out spot on an old garment, you do not put a new piece of cloth in as a patch, for when you wash it, the new piece will shrink, causing an even bigger rip or hole. He went on further giving another example of wine. Old bottles are brittle, inflexible and unable to stretch due to the wine residue in them having dried up, making the bottles hard. But new bottles are supple and flexible, able to stretch. New wine, while it is fermenting, expands. Old bottles would pop, new bottles will simply stretch.
And so it is with the New Testament's salvation by Grace contrasted to the Old Testament's salvation by good works, good works I might add that are impossible to achieve.
But then Jesus went a bit further and almost as an afterthought said: "No man also having drunk old wine (Judaism under the law) straightway desireth new (Salvation by Grace and not works): for he saith, 'The old is better'. " in verse 39.
Verse 39 is key to our understanding of two things: first, why not all the Jews followed after Jesus, especially when you take into consideration all the miracles He did and second Ezekiel chapter 37.
Folks, ever since the time of the Exodus out of Egypt, the Jews had been taught that salvation comes to the Jews by following the law of Moses. Generation after generation had seen the horrors that came upon the Jews every time they wandered away and followed strange gods and traditions. Oh sure they were impressed by the things Jesus did and they were more than willing to let Him heal them and feed them and entertain Him. They were more than willing to listen to Him preach, for He spoke as one with authority and not like one of the scribes who simply read what was written. But give up all they had been taught, all that was Jewish, to follow this Man? Now that was hard. For they said, it is better to stay with what we know than go after that which we do not know. And, as evidenced by what Jesus said inverse 39, He knew that.
Which leads us to wonder what happens to all those Jews who resisted change and keep on following the One True God, while waiting for the Messiah to come. Could God be so cruel as to condemn them to eternal damnation in the Lake of fire for doing what He Himself had commanded them to do? Is it now true that there had to be Jews left to repopulate Israel in 1948? To form another Jewish state?
Yes, there had to be Jews, so would God damn all the Jews? Even those who came through the holocaust to form the new state of Israel? NO, and that brings us to Ezekiel chapter 37, which you can read on your own.
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Sometime in the not too distant future I want to talk to you men in the Militias, about Luke 20:25 and Matthew 24:24.
Lord, make my faith as that which I perceive the Samaritans to have had. Amen.
As you ponder today's Scripture, ponder also your own relationship with Christ. Are you a Samaritan or are you a Galilean?
Lord give us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart attuned to Your word.
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