Jesus turned the world upside down with his wisdom and teaching. He also rubbed a lot of people the wrong way -- especially religious people -- because He did things differently. "New Wine" by Hillsong Worship inspired me to explore a time when Jesus used new wine in a metaphor.
Let's explore the gospels together to learn more.
On this episode I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include
- Compare and contrast
- Consult a commentary
- Using section headings to get your bearings
- Read in context
- Defining "synoptic gospels"
- The historical audiences of the gospels
- Reading the gospels in parallel as taught by “How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth” by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart
- Diving into the metaphor of new wine inspired by our song - Matthew 9:14-17, Mark 2:18-22, Luke 5:33-39
- How and why John's disciples and Pharisees were fasting - Matthew 6:16-18
- Exploring the old and the new in our metaphors and what they represent
- Jesus as the bridegroom - Isaiah 62:1-5
- Becoming a new vessel for new wine - Ephesians 4:17-24
This Week's Challenge
Read Matthew chapter 9, Mark chapter 2, and Luke chapter 5. Focus in on Jesus’ discussion with John’s disciples about fasting and consider what elements were “old" in this metaphor and what elements are “new.” If you have never accepted the free gift of salvation in Christ, please don’t delay. Once you are made new, however, the journey is not over. Continue to "put off your old self…and be renewed in the spirit of your minds” (Ephesians 4:17-24) through your continued dedication to reading and studying the Word of God for yourself.