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New wine old skins

17 Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

Jesus didn’t come to Earth to fix or patch up an antiquated religious system, he came to bring something completely new, the likes of which the world had never been seen before.  Many people even to this day are filling their old skins with new wine only to have it explode all over their new pews.
Allow me to explain for those of you who are not familiar with this passage that it means, as we don’t use wine skins any more it may require some exposition.  In the desert of eastern nations their wineskins are made of the skin of goats or sheep.  When these skins are new they are stretchable which is good because as wine ferments it releases gasses that will expand the skin.  However, after a time of use these skins would be come tender and if one added “new wine” it would rupture the skins, ruining the skin and loosing the wine.
In the early Church there was much talk about how much the new Gentiles had to follow the Law of Moses.  Some demanded that the new Christians need to be circumcised in order to be saved and others insisted they that they obey even more.  In fact in Acts 15 Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem in order to get a definitive answer to such a question.  There was the same debate among the council, but finally…
Acts 15:7After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear? 11No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”

The council sent word by Paul and in a letter that is summarized in its final line Acts15:29 “You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or eating the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.”
There almost seems to be this thought that obeying the details of the law will somehow make you more spiritual rearing its head in the Church today.  As if you could be made any more righteous for obeying the law.  Hebrews proclaims: The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19(for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.  The law shone a light on our imperfection and God introduced a new Priest in Jesus, and when there is a change in the priest hood there is a change in the law. (Heb 7:11)
So let us not place ourselves under an imperfect law again when God has provided a much better way.