And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; 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. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better. (Luke 5:36-39)
Today’s Morsel: As I get older, I find myself reflecting on the food and drinks that I grew up with. When I was a kid, we didn’t have all the soda options that they have today. And even though some brands have tried to give their product a new taste, I am still accustomed to the old taste. And so the new taste does not appeal to me. This was what Jesus was saying. When men have drunk old wine for so long and you give him new, the old still tastes better to them. When Jesus turned the water into wine and sent it to the governor of the feast (John 2), he told the bride groom that he had kept the best for last. Even though he was used to and filled with the old, this new now appealed to his taste. The Holy Ghost is that new wine. It is the best that God has saved for last. But because some men have drunk that old unchanging doctrine for so long, they aren’t ready nor are they willing to accept that new wine (doctrine) that will change them. A person has to hunger and thirst after righteousness to be filled. Have you tasted of that new wine? Boy is it good. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). You can get drunk on this new wine and not have to worry about a hangover, DWI, OWI, foul language, or who you were with the night before. And the best part is, it costs you nothing.
Sing: Drinking at the springs of living water. Happy now am I, my soul is satisfied. Drinking at the springs of living water, oh wonderful and bountiful supply.
Thought For Today: Have you tasted of that new wine that Jesus gives?