Joining the old with the new

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men put new wine in old wine bottles because the bottles will break, and the wine will run out. They put new wine into new bottles and both are preserved.” Matthew 9:16-17

In Africa I often tried to repair favorite old skirts. In the end they always tore again outside of where I’d mended them. Trying to sew a new patch on an old garment never works.

A missionary built a mud building and then applied a thin coating of cement to protect the walls from torrential downpours. Later he used one of the mud walls as the back wall for an incinerator to burn trash, but used cement for the other three sides. He had sewn a new cloth onto an old garment. When he built a fire in the new incinerator, the intense heat separated the cement from the mud walls and the entire structure collapsed. The new cement didn’t adhere to the old mud.

If you put new wine in an old bottle, the violence of the fermentation will burst the older container. The wine will be spilt. New wine must be poured into a new bottle. In biblical times the wine bottles were made of animal skins. After use, the skins were thinner and weaker. No one used them again.

We can’t keep our old way of life, sins and shortcomings and try to join them to our new lives in Christ. We must repent, ask forgiveness for all of our sins. Then we need to ask God to wash out the evil from our hearts and make us new vessels.

“Lord, turn me into a new creature and fill me with the Holy Spirit.”

That way, we can have His new wine in our new container. Then we shouldn’t burst, or fall apart under fire.

Thanks for joining me today,

Have a great week.




About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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One Response to Joining the old with the new

  1. Renae says:

    This is so true. Trying to do this inner work with our own efforts (flesh) will not work. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to work out the old junk and bring in the new.

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