Let’s play Name that Wineskin.
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. (Mark 2:22 ESV)
Which is the OLD wineskin, which is the NEW?
- An ordained priest conducts a weekly religious service in a man made temple.
- Every believer a priest, ad hoc assemblies, a life of service, every believer a temple.
- The Gospel.
- The Law of Moses.
How will this wineskin fare?
- Wineskin: An ordained priest conducts a weekly religious service in a man made temple.
- Wine: The Gospel.
And this one?
- Wineskin: Every believer a priest (1), ad hoc assemblies (2), a life of service (3), every believer a temple (4).
- Wine: The Gospel.
1) 1 Peter 2:5, :9, Revelation 1:6
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5 ESV)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
And made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6 ESV)
2) Matthew 18:20, 1 Corinthians 14:26
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV)
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. (1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV)
3) Romans 7:6, 12:1, 1 Peter 4:10
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6 ESV)
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1 ESV)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: (1 Peter 4:10 ESV)
4) 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, Ephesians 2:19-22
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV)
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22 ESV)
Concerning the OLD wineskin for study / reference:
Priesthood: Exodus 28:1, Leviticus 8-9
Weekly: Leviticus 23:3
Religious Service: 2 Kings 25:14
Temple: Exodus 36:8-39:43, Psalm 74:8
Author’s note: What little I can find concerning the weekly (Sabbath) gatherings in Synagogues throughout Israel in OT times, comes mainly from historical writings and the considered opinions of Jewish historical scholars. Synagogues, Rabbis, weekly Sabbath gatherings in the Synagogues are not mentioned in the OT that I am able to find. These appear to have sprung up according to need in response to the tumultuous history of the Jewish people. It would appear that over time, Synagogues and Sabbath gatherings under the direction of a Rabbi became tradition. Official temple worship points to the tabernacle and later the 2 stone temples erected in Jerusalem, according to the Torah/Pentateuch/Law of Moses. The first temple was the portable tent-like tabernacle of Moses, and later the 2 physical temples built in Jerusalem, Solomon’s temple and Cyrus/Darius/Herod’s temple.