New and Old

Looking at the passage

Luke 5

36-39“No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don’t put wine in old, cracked bottles; you get strong, clean bottles for your fresh vintage wine. And no one who has ever tasted fine aged wine prefers unaged wine.”

Made me think about it in a different way. yes you don’t cut up something new to patch something old but you do it the other way round. You cut bits from a old garment to patch a newer one. And you can but old wine in to new bottles but you would not put new wine into old bottles.

It made me think that God is saying something quite deep here.

He is not saying that the old is no good as we often think, but he is saying that you can’t put new ideas new thoughts on to old ideas and thoughts. However you can put old ideas and truths into new bottles do old things in new ways.

So in church for example, don’t through the old out to bring in new ways of doing things but attached the old truths to the new ways of doing things. God’s truths are enduring and always true, and you can not change that but you can show them in new ways, ways that complement them and allow them to be seen again.


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