Luke 5:39 Older Is Better

Luke 5:39 (KJV)
No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

The commentaries tend to ascribe the old to the Jewish law and the new to the gospel. Hence, they interpret the parable in the negative, “No man wants to do the right thing.”

I go back to Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

I see the old as the right thing.

I see the Scribes and Pharisees as those who had introduced the new and Jesus as the sustainer of the old.

The old truth of the Messiah is better. The

  • Old doctrines,
  • Old standards,
  • Old promises of God

are better than the new things introduced by those who make faith relevant. The gospel isn’t new. It is the promise of the old.

The old is better. Anyone who has tasted it knows it to be true.


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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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