What does Jesus mean by "unshrunk cloth on an old garment" and "new wine put into old wineskins"?


Matthew 9:16 - 17

ESV - 16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.

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Jesus is addressing putting the New Jewish Covenant into the old one, the "Old Testament," the Hebrew Bible. The New Jewish Covenant and the Covenant for Gentiles described by Paul in his letters must not be inserted into or merged with the old. 

Jesus Himself declared that He had come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. That is, HE, Himself, embodied both. No longer were Jews and Gentiles under the yoke of bondage to the Law, the Prophets, the 1,000 Commandments, the 613 rules and regulations, the oral traditions of Judaism. He warned not to learn of His New Approach to Jew and Gentile and then try to merge it with what He had, Himself, done away with, introducing salvation by grace through faith as a free gift for those who confessed Jesus as Savior, no strings attached. See Romans 10:8-13.


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