December 6, 2011
Have you, like me, ever wondered about the mystery of this passage of scripture?
Luke 5: 33-39 TNIV
33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.”
36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. If they do, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And people do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wine skins. 39 And none of you, after drinking old wine, wants the new, for you say, ‘The old is better.’ ”
God opened my eyes to what this scripture is talking about a couple of years ago. First of all, the old and new patch as well as the old wineskins and new wine are riddles of a sort. The riddles are to explain the text. These are things you do not want to do.
Just as the disciples did not want or need to fast when there was a “Feast” going on. The analogy to the Bridegroom, a wedding, a Feast. There is really nothing mysterious about it. Jesus however said that when the Bridegroom was taken from them, His Disciples would fast.
Here is proof enough Disciples of Jesus in every age since the Resurrection, the Bible, Jesus Himself says His Disciples will fast. You know the truth and the truth will set you free, If You Practice It.