Mark 2:18–2 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
A melodic line of the Mark 2:18-22: Holding on to the way it has always been robs us of the joy of the present and renders us ill equipped for the hope and newness of the future.
- Theme of Mark 2:1-3:6: Rising political and religious opposition toward Jesus.
- Supporting Themes: 2:7: Blasphemy = Making Himself equal with God, 2:16: Eating with sinners, 2:18: Failure to keep rules, 2:24: Breaking the Sabbath 3:6: Themes of political and religious opposition coming together in Marks narrative.
1. The abiding presence of our hope produces Joy (Already and Not Yet) vv18-20
2. New and old don’t mix. What God did do should never be preferred over what God is doing. V21
3. The new wine of Jesus needs a newer container ready for the growth. V22
Some questions to discuss with each other…
Q: What are some examples of traditionalism in our church or Christianity?
Q: How or in what way is traditionalism working against us?
1. adherence to tradition as authority, especially in matters of religion.
2. a system of philosophy according to which all knowledge of religious truth is derived from divine revelation and received by traditional instruction.
“Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is dead faith of the living. I should add it’s traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” Jaroslav Pelikan on Traditionalism