By Pastor John Mateos Ong
A parable is a short story that gives a lesson. Today, our second parable is a little controversial entitled, ¨New Cloth on Old Garment and New Wine on Old Wineskin.” The reason why we are studying parables, as stated in Matthew 13:11 is, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” When the disciples asked Jesus why he answered them in parables most of the time, He replied that it was His means to make believers understand the things of the kingdom while other people will not get it.
We use the acronym S.O.A.P. when studying parables. Study the SCRIPTURE first, then OBSERVE the things that are very obvious, only those that are writtem, APPLICATION is the relevance to you today and then end in PRAYER.
Matthew 9:16-17 says ““Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”
When you use new cloth to patch up an old piece of clothing, it will shrink when washed and will result in a tear. Just ike when you put new wine on old wineskin that is made of leather, it will burst. In both ways, you lose something in the process.
When you read this, you will question what the Lord wants to teach you with this parable.