“No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.”Mark 2:22
It is not uncommon for a pastor who is preparing a sermon or Bible study to feel that his words are rather ordinary or lacking in inspiration. Perhaps you yourself have at some point gone to a friend in need and found that what you had to say simply sounded stale. The Welsh 17th century poet Henry Vaughan found a remedy for that. When in the pulpit, he first prayed, “Look down, great Master of the Feast; O, shine and turn this humble water into wine.” I do not know the content of his sermon, but I do know the Lord would have answered that prayer. I have used it myself before I have given a sermon, and the Lord has faithfully granted my request.
The miracle at Cana is for each of us whenever we need His help to make things fresh and new. When the Lord gives new wine, we share it in fresh ways with others. It needs to be poured into new wineskins. I have asked the Lord to turn the plain water of these very meditations into wine as I write. And I know that I am pouring these words into new wineskins: yourselves!
The Lord can take something quite ordinary and make it into “new wine” that we share with others.
Bible In A Year
- Genesis 49-50
- Psalm 25
- Mark 5