Shalom in Yahshua and welcome once again to the teachings of our Rabbi and Master Yahshua Ha Mashiach.
Today we are going to look at two verses of Scripture in found in Matt.9:16,17.
The context of these verses gives us the clear meaning of these two verses.
Here we find Yahshua being asked by the Pharisees why Yahshua eats with the publicans and sinners and next the disciples of John ask why His disciples do not fast but they, and the Pharisees do?
In verse 12 Yahshua clearly presents the case that they which are whole need not a physician but they who are sick. And in verse 15 He answers the question regarding fasting.
Now that we have the context lets look at vs. 16 & 17.
A new cloth is not put to an old garment....or else the rent is made worse.
Similarly, new wine is put into new bottles for if it is put into the old, the bottles break and the wine runs out.
Today, many turn, and even run to their supposed religious leaders (the pharisees of today) and ask about this doctrine and that teaching, and behold they receive the old garment, and the bottles with old traditions mingled with just enough truth to deceive. And they are deceived.
Others, being satisfied with their traditions and spiritual attainments look know farther then the latest sermon for spiritual understanding and insight; thus when the old garment and bottles of old (mingled doctrine) is presented they are satisfied and go away empty and sick. For they know not that they are sick or in need of new wine which will help them in the coming trouble.
They do not receive the new wine (doctrine) in the new bottle (renewed heart and mind) and thus the work which Elohim designs to be done in and through them is left undone. The Master comes and the slothful servant can't give Him His own with usury.
Some are sincerely ignorant of the falsehoods they have inherited but nonetheless YHVH will give them opportunity to discover them.
(Jer.16:21) & Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; (Isa.49:8)
We cannot receive the new unless we discover first off that the old is in need of further reformation. The reformation that was started in the 16th century was and is continuing on apace. Only those who avail themselves of the precious rays of light now shining from the Word of YHVH; and bring to light our present duties and privileges will be prepared for the day of trouble which is even now beginning to descend upon us.
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe [which is] instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure [things] new and old. Mat.13:52