The Pharisees were continually complaining about what Jesus taught and what his disciples did. They did not believe Jesus was teaching the truth nor respecting their understanding of the Old Testament. Jesus then gave a parable, actually two parables, to explain why he was so different from the Pharisees.
36 And He was also telling them a parable: "No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.
37 "And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined.
38 "But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.
39 "And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, 'The old is good enough.'" (Luke 5:36-39)
Essentially Jesus was referring to the Old Testament and the Jewish religion. Neither could combine with or contain the revelation of Christ. The Old Testament could prepare for the coming of Christ but it could not participate in his revelation. Why? Jesus is God and he cannot be amalgamated with anything or anyone. He is infinitely superior to his creation. With the coming of God, it is not reasonable to assume that he will accommodate himself to the misunderstandings of the Pharisees or the limitations of the Old Testament. God makes all the difference.
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