Monday, April 25, 2016

Out of Context?

I have a Bible calendar which provides verses daily.  It's generally very nice but today's verse confused me.  It was Luke 5:39: which reads "[And] no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good.'"

I kept looking at that, wondering what it meant.  Did it mean the old is better than the new and then, what old was it talking about?  

I finally researched it i.e. read it in context with a Bible Commentary.  Turns out in context, it was referring to the fact that 1. What Jesus preached wasn't a combination of the old and the new but something completely new and 2. People are not comfortable changing from the old to the new i.e. in this case which was following Jesus.

Most of the verses on the calendar one can read and get the meaning but in this case, the context said something very different from what the verse seemed to mean out of context.

Just another reason, reading the Bible in context is a good idea! :)