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Know God in a Year #79 The Wisdom of Jesus

Rather than show John’s disciples where they are wrong, Jesus chooses illustrations from their life to correct the Pharisees insinuations that he is religiously incorrect and dangerous. He starts with John’s metaphor of a wedding and adds two more.

“No one uses new pieces of unshrunk cloth to patch an old garment, because when it’s washed the patch will shrink and the hole will be back.” In other words, attempting to combine the religion of the Pharisees with John’s love for God will make the gap between them more evident.

“And no one pours new wine into old wineskins–the skins will split and the wine be lost.” The Pharisees couldn’t take in love because their hearts were shriveled with self-importance. They didn’t want God to love anyone else.

Besides, they thought they were too righteous to need saving or instruction. The belief that God changes people by love, instilling new desires and motives, found no home inside them.

False self can destroy a desire for new truth.

A legal religion is loveless and Godless. Religious fasting or praying for the purpose of looking good is worse than none, to God. True fasting is freeing others from Satan’s oppression–religious or secular.*

The common people, and the unchurched were Jesus’ new wineskins. They hung on his words picturing God as love.

The love of Jesus makes us new, pouring new motives into us. If we are willing to face our brokenness, dismantle false self, and be taught, we will have new life.**

Matthew 9:16-17,  Mark 2:21-22,  Luke 5:36-39   *Isaiah 58:4-5   **Revelation 3:17-18

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