Luke 5:39 (KJV)
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
I read three writers who give two opposing interpretations and applications of this passage.
The one says that older wine is sweeter and mellower so it would be ridiculous to ask someone who knows the difference to drink new wine.
This writer claims that the Pharisees represent the new wine and Christ represents the old.
The other two see the Law as the old wine and claim that is representative of the old sinful nature, which is not going to gravitate to new; unproven and bitter flavor of spiritual life with Christ.
It is, according to this interpretation, unreasonable to ask a man who is settled in his ways to trust Christ hastily.
I lean toward the former. Christ came far before the Pharisees. His disciples had not embraced the new but the old promises of God from the beginning.
We aren’t looking for the new. We are looking for the oldest of all, faith in Christ from the foundation of the world.
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Luke 5:39 (KJV) Embracing the Old Promises
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