They said to him, “John’s disciples of ten fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bride groom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bride groom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Other wise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wine skins. And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’ Luke 5:33-39 NIV
Wineskin = Body
And no one puts the Holy Spirit (new wine) into un-baptize body (old wineskins); or else the Spirit (new wine) will burst the body (wineskins) and be spilled, and the body (wineskins) will be ruined. But the Spirit (new wine) must be put into a baptize body (new wineskins), and both are preserved. And no one, having evil spirits or sin (drunk old wine), immediately desires the Spirit (new); for he says, ‘The sin (old) is better.’ Luke 5:37-39 NKJV, bold text is added by tsuLife Author.
Fasting is meant for the Spirit filled. Being baptized with water, your soul becomes cleanse in the blood of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, your spirit is cleanse and given to God. Fasting is submitting your body to the Spirit and God’s will. Putting the Holy Spirit into un-cleansed temple is impossible. Jesus could fast cause one He was God, two He was holy and righteous, three He also receive the Spirit when John the Baptize baptized Him. Until Jesus Christ death and resurrection the Spirit couldn’t dwell in us. A Holy Sacrifice for all our sins. Before that Holy Spirit could only visit. The Spirit could only dwell in holy and righteous places. “new wine must be poured into new wine skins.” A cleanse and holy righteous body for a Holy Righteous Spirit. “no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’” Sin after salvation is a whole different is whole other topic.
The next couple paragraphs are about the historic, making and caring of wineskin. Hopefully it will change your perspective on what Jesus was talking about. I’ll be talking about fasting again in future post. God Bless. –tsuLife Author
A time line account of the wineskin’s origin is difficult to come by, however the notable appearances it makes in Homer’s “Odyssey,” the Bible and “Don Quixote” allow some insight. For example, Homer tells us the wineskin dated back to ancient Greece, and the Bible and “Don Quixote” tell us that the wineskin appeared early on in Spanish and African history.
Made of Skin
A wineskin is made of leather, the most common of which is goatskin. Goatskin is better uited for craftsman to handle because of its flexibility. Goat skin is harder wearing, increasing the life of the wineskin. After selecting and removing the skin, it is cleaned and tanned with tannin collected from the mimosa tree.
Pitch, Twine and Resin
After tanning the goat skin, it is coated with pitch extracted from juniper or pine trees. The pitch is purified at high temperatures and used to waterproof the inside leather of the wineskin. The skin is bound into form with twine made from flax, though nearly all twine used in making wineskin was hemp until the 1970s. A nozzle made of pressed resin or bakelight is added for pouring and drinking.
A wineskin is made of organic material; unlike a plastic bottle, it takes some preparation and maintenance by the owner. Before pouring in the first amount of wine to store, the wineskin must be heated, rubbed, inflated, rinsed with water and filled with wine for five days which is then discarded. Then, the wineskin can be used for storing drinking wine.
Wineskin info is from ehow.com