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The Wineskin

  • No one puts new wine into old wine skins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wine skins, and both are preserved. Luke 5:37-38 WEB (Paralleled in: Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22)

    The most radical change recorded in the Bible was the change from the Old Covenant, to the New Covenant. John the Baptist was the last prophet of the Old Covenant, while Jesus Christ was the beginning of the New Covenant. Between these two, a graceful transition took place, a changing of the guard.

    When the disciples of John the Baptist came to hear Jesus, He told them the parable of the Wineskin. Jesus said that when God has new wine for His people, He pours it into a new, flexible wineskin. He doesn't pour new wine into an old, hardened wineskin, even though some of them may have served as His new wineskin in the past. God loves the last generation as well and He does not want to destroy them with something radically new, explosive, perhaps beyond their ability to comprehend, or contain.

    Let's take a deeper look at that. In ancient times, whole animal skins, generally taken from goats, were cleaned by a tanner or leather worker like the Apostle Paul, then they were sewn into watertight bags. These were used to store wine. New wineskins were stretchable and elastic, but as they grew older, they became more set, hardened, even brittle.

    In the fall, when grapes begin to ripen, natural yeast begin to gather on the outside of the grapes, just waiting to make the fresh grape juice into lunch. The instant that the grape skin is broken, the yeast begin to ferment the juice into wine. As the yeast feed on the natural sugar in the grape juice, it produces alcohol and carbon dioxide which expands in the container. During the first three to five days, the fermentation is extremely volatile and downright explosive, then it gradually becomes less until all the sugar in the juice is consumed.

    The New Wine that God brought through Jesus Christ was explosive. Radical change like this always meets resistance from the old, but not from godly anointed leaders. John the Baptist, leader of the Old, blessed the New that was coming and said: Jesus must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30) and 'He who is coming is mightier than I' (Matthew 3:11). Nicodemus is another example of an anointed old-wineskin leader, as well as Gamaliel (Acts 5:34). They recognized and gracefully embraced the change that God was bringing.

    On the other hand, God's changes are always resisted by the non-anointed leaders of the old wineskin establishment. For example, the attitude of the chief priests was the exact opposite of John the Baptist's attitude. The last thing they were willing to do was to decrease and lose the position of power that they were enjoying in the old wineskin establishment. Rather than embrace change, the chief priests were filled with envy and plotted how to crucify Jesus (Matthew 26:1).

    After Jesus ascended to heaven, the new church grew in amazing ways. The shadow of Peter passing over people in the streets healed them. Then a few years later, God did unusual miracles through the Apostle Paul. Acts 19:11 tells us that even handkerchiefs that were sent from Paul to others, healed them. That was the beginning of the prayer cloth, and it was something new that God did through the next generation of believers, but not through the original Apostles that had walked with Jesus like Peter, James, and John.

    This is important to understand: Paul was not one of the original twelve Apostles that walked with Jesus on the earth for three and a half years. Paul was not in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. Acts 9:4 tells us that Paul was converted later on the road to Damascus, oddly enough while on his way to arrest some of Jesus' disciples. Paul had a personal experience with Jesus outside of the new church, and the original Apostles were not involved in his conversion at all. He had never met them.

    This means that if Peter, James, and John, and all the original Apostles of Jesus had sat down together and written down all they knew God had done so far. If they compiled all their experience and knowledge and turned it into a denominational belief system, that being healed by a person's shadow would have been included, but prayer cloths would not have, for it happened outside of their circle of knowledge. God did something new, through someone they didn't yet know, yet when they learned about it, they accepted it gracefully. They were anointed leaders.

    We are moving into the digital age, and what used to work no longer does. Things are changing, and we are moving into a new era. In order to stay in tune with what God is doing today, we need to remain humble, teachable, flexible, and expandable. If you try to cling to the old, you will become unusable. God is not dead, and He is full of surprises. So let His Kingdom come, and let ours go gracefully.



    Prayer: Heavenly Father please let me see what You are doing today through Your eyes. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You, to be part of what You are doing, and to walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, help me be stretchable, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you Jehovah!
Aug 26
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Aug 26
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

In Jesus name Amen :)

Aug 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You

Aug 26
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Please be with me today and always Heavenly Father. Amen

Aug 26
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Aug 26
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Aug 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 26
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you Pastor for starting my day with wisdom.

Aug 26
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Aug 26
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywineedited: Aug 26

Amen,praise Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Aug 26
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Amen, get rid of the old and be ready for the New!!  Thank you Jesus. 

Aug 26
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Your kingdom come, Your will be done!

Aug 26
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus!

Aug 26
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

A welcome reminder, Pastor Dion, of the need for flexibility! Thank you for bringing God's plan into focus! Come and be a part of my life today, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen

Aug 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to lead me to the work You are doing today for Your glory, that Your Holy Spirit be with us in every decision we make today. I know that You are alive and that You love us, help me to understand Your word when You speak to me. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Awesome devotional Pastor, as always thank you and Sylvia. God bless you both. 

Aug 26
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Aug 26
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Debbie Beckes
Debbie Beckes

Amen 

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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God sustain us. In the name of Jesus Amen

Aug 26
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen !!!

Aug 26
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John Smith
John Smith

That's profound - so many people look at me funny when they ask me "what church do (I) go to?" and I tell them I go online. I tell them refreshinghope dot org.

I wonder what it will be like when it is no longer a small group 

WE ARE THE NEW CHURCH!  The early new church.

Hallelujah!  May we all strengthen and be strengthened by each other and seek more wisdom (especially fear of GOD), faith, hope, power and remember to love each other and serve one another. Love is no more than a man gives his life for his friends and the greatest among us is the servant of all.

(It is hard for me to say "us" because I am such a private and independent person.  But Jesus made clear I am part of a collective of His disciples and GOD's children.)

Amen.

 

 

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Aug 28