The wineskin proverb (redux)


What is the wineskin parable about?

I spoke to a leader about how to do church in the coming years. That person had spent their adult life doing church and here I was disagreeing with them based on my understanding of the bible.

That person reacted negatively to what I was saying. What I was saying was not what they had spent their life pursuing.

As a leader they NEED to protecting their own approach to their work, otherwise what would they do? How could they continue? Should they abandon their life’s work and spend years trying to get into something new, which they may never be a part of?

What about the people who LIKE the old ways? Who will shepherd them? No. The old wineskin must be preserved when the new one is being created.

And no one pours new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the fresh wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled and the skins will be ruined (destroyed). But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine immediately desires new wine, for he says, The old is good or better. – Luke 5:37-39

That leader has worked hard to build what he has done. Even if there is a new wineskin, we must not attack the old wineskin. We must even be generous enough to protect it, because millions of people are dependant on the old way.

This is my understanding of the wineskin proverb:

Neither is new wine put in old wineskins; for if it is, the skins burst and are torn in pieces, and the wine is spilled and the skins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved. Matthew 9:17

New wine goes into new wineskins and not into old wineskins – because the old wineskins could not handle the new wine and it would break.

God does not want to break old wineskins. He does not want to ruin the faith of that person by exposing them to dramatic change. God wants to preserve the old wineskin, while building the new one.

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the bottles destroyed; but new wine is to be put in new (fresh) wineskins. – Mark 2:22

This is an important point and I hope that we take hold of it. Do not run down the existing wineskin. Don’t be negative of it. Do not participate with anyone who comes against the church, it is His Bride. Don’t mess with it.

Conversely, I pray that the old wineskin will not attack this new wineskin, as Saul threw a spear at David. I pray that they will have the wisdom that was shown in Jesus time where the leaders said “if this is not of God, it will fail. If is of God, we cannot stop it”.

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2 responses to “The wineskin proverb (redux)

  1. Another good post Mark! Funny thing is, I wrote one though different, with the same heart this morning.
    It all comes back to love, the Love of Christ abounding in our hearts for one another and trusting God to do His work, in His time in each other.
    He won’t fail, he can’t! He’s God!!!

    Bless you Mark!

  2. I am feelin’ this post… Change is hard, and people don’t like it. You are right on target… Even though a new skin is being filled, the old is being emptied, purged so that the new anointing can go forth…

    Praise God!

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