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2.3. A Question About Fasting

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him,
 
"Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"
 
19 And Jesus said to them,
 
"Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 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."
 
Isaiah 61: 10-11 (Isaiah the prophet wrote and taught in jerusalem around BC 710. He wrote of the forthcoming Messiah whom the LORD God would equip for God's special work on earth. In these sentences the coming Messiah is, as it were, singing about the LORD God's provision of clothing for him - clothing reminiscent of a bridegroom but portraying righteousness. "Messiah" is a Hebrew word which in Greek is rendered "Christ". It means "Anointed One".)
 

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;

my soul shall exult in my God,

for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;

he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,

as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,

and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11  For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,

and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,

so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise

to sprout up before all the nations.

 
 
 

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