Studies in the Gospel of Mark – Mark 2:18-22
See also: Matt. 6:16, 25:5-6; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15; Lev. 23:27; Eph. 5:23
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Opposition – v. 18 – In verses 6 and 16 Jesus has offended the powers of his day. Jesus already has opponents during his first year of ministry. Soon they will begin to plot against him.
Incident – v. 18 – The opponents look for an offence and find one. They protest that Jesus does not follow their rules for fasting.
New standard – v. 19 – Jesus refers to himself as the bridegroom. A new standard has come. It is not fitting to act as if he and his disciples were in mourning.
Oinos – v. 20 – Jesus chooses a fitting example to describe his ministry. It is like new wine.
Skins – v 22 – What is needed for new wine is new wine skins. They are flexible. What a powerful message for his followers. He is the new wine, and we are prepared to be his vessels only if we are flexible and can yield to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Too many religious folk find themselves in the same predicament as the scribes – they are too rigid in their religiosity. When the Spirit prompts us to move, we must be ready.
Exemplary story: Yes, this will take us back. Do you remember a product called “fizzies”? These were tablets that you would drop in a glass of water to make a soft drink. They would bubble and fizz. They were great fun if you followed the instructions. The effervescence of the Spirit needs room to work, and we need to give it that room.