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And no one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear is made. Bible

“no one puts.” This in Matthew 9:16 is an expansion of what Jesus had just said about fasting in Matt. 9:15. What Jesus was doing was so new and different that the “old system” of doing things would no longer be adequate. Jesus spoke of the “new commandment” he brought (John 13:34), but the truth is that he brought new light in many, many ways. Things like his approach to the Law, “you have heard it said...but I say to you” in his Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-34, 38-39, 43-44), or his way of dealing with sinners by being close to them, or his way of relating to women, were all new. The old way of doing things that was overseen by the likes of the Pharisees and Sadducees could not be just patched, it needed to be newly made.


Commentary for: Matthew 9:16