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To understand the link between fasting and the parables Jesus gave in answer in Mark 2:18-22 (ESV), we need to note that the Mosaic Law prescribed only one fast on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:29, 31). However, the legalistic Pharisees and the disciples of John the Baptist were following the traditions of men. Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees ...


Mark 2:21-22 is where we find the words about wine and wine skins. Nobody sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old outer garment. If he does, the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear becomes worse. Also, no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. But new ...

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