NEW CLOTHING FROM THE LORD
Luke 5:36-39 Parable: “No one tears cloth from new garment and puts on old garment; he will both tear the new and new piece will not match the old. No one puts new wine into old wineskins; the new wine will burst the skins and be spilled and skins will be ruined. New wine must be put into fresh wineskins. No one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”
Jesus says that no one fixes an old garment with the new one. The new cloth would not match the old and the new would be ruined because it would be cut up. The old one would simply be thrown out and the new one put on. No one puts new wine in old wine skins. Old wine skins are stiff and inflexible. New wine still has a life in it from fermenting. New wine requires a flexible wine skin; if put in an old wine skin, it will burst under the pressure. Both will be lost. He also says, the problem is that a man thinks the old is good enough. He is accustomed to it and sees nothing wrong with it.
Jesus is talking about a man as if wearing an old garment or as if he were a wine skin.
He is saying that something in a man needs to change. That change is not a patch, but a replacement.
Is man wearing something that needs to change?
Gen 3:21 God made garments of animal skin and clothed them. They were clothed in glory of an animal. Man was supposed to have dominion over the animals, but they submitted to the snake. They should have told the snake to “GO”. But instead they listened to the snake and thus submitted themselves to it. They became the lowest animal on earth, for they were below the lowest animal.
Gen 3:6-7 They took from the tree and ate. Their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked. This is because they were clothed with the glory of God but lost it as a result of sin. Proof of this is that Christ was sent to redeem what was lost. Thus in Galatians we see what was restored; man’s clothing.
Gal 3:27 If baptized into Christ, we have been clothed with Christ.
Therefore, after they sinned and lost their first glory, that of God, He clothed them with the appropriate skin. It was animal skin.
Man became a creature of instinct. Aggressive, competitive and driven by self-preservation.
Blaming; first act of self-preservation: Gen 3:11-12 “Not my fault”. “It was that woman, You gave me”.
Gen 3:17-19 Curse on the man is that he has to live by the sweet of his brow. Life by force!
QUESTION: How is God going to restore to man his proper clothing?
He must show man that the clothing he has is not satisfactory!
1. God Writes Reality God’s clothing (eternity) in our Hearts:
Eccles 3:1-8 Makes it obvious that everything here is temporary. It has a time to begin and a time to end.
Eccles 3:11 Reveals that a man has desire for eternal life but doesn’t understand it. There is a conflict in the observations of a man. Everything around him has an end and yet he knows
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!