Prayer of the Day

July 2nd, 2016
"People do not pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined." Matthew 9 : 17
Old and New

In Bible times,  wine was not kept in glass bottles but in goatskins sewn around the edges to form watertight bags.  New wine expanded as it fermented stretching its wineskin.  After the wine had aged,  the stretched skin would burst if more new wine was poured into it.  New wine was always put into new wineskins.

Jesus did not come to patch up the old religious system of Judaism with its rules and traditions.  If he had,  his message would have damaged it.  His purpose was to bring in something new,  though it had been prophesied for centuries.  This new message i.e. the Gospel,  said that Jesus Christ,  God’s Son,  came to earth to offer all people forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God.  The Gospel did not fit in to the old rigid legalistic system of religion  It needed a fresh start.  The message will always remain ‘new’ because it must be accepted and applied in every generation.  When we follow Christ,  we must be prepared for new ways to live,  new ways to look at people and new ways to serve.

Prayer

Lord, may I recognise the many new ways you come into my life each day. Amen