What is the significance meaning of new wine ?
New wine.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢Â€Â™s a prophetic theme of the Holy SpiritÃ¢Â€Â”and one I know God is speaking to a number of us about right now. Many are hearing Him say:
Ã¢Â€ÂœA new era is here! This is the season of new wine. In this season You are about to encounter Me as you never have before.Ã¢Â€Â
The theme of Ã¢Â€Âœnew wineÃ¢Â€Â appears throughout the Old Testament, especially with reference to the Promised Land.
Jesus used the metaphor of new wine in His teaching (Luke 5:39) and John tells us that JesusÃ¢Â€Â™ first miracle was to turn large vessels of water into wine, at the wedding feast in Cana. (John 2:1-10)
Ã¯Â¿Â¼Ã¢Â€Â˜Jesus said to the servants, Ã¢Â€ÂœFill the jars with waterÃ¢Â€Â; so they filled them to the brim. Then He told them, Ã¢Â€ÂœNow draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.Ã¢Â€Â They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã‚Â (John 2:7-9a, NIV)
As IÃ¢Â€Â™ve been meditating on what the Holy Spirit is saying, and the significant theme of new wine throughout Scripture, here are 10 key insights that stand out:
1.Ã‚Â New Wine is Associated with the Holy Spirit
Wine is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and Jesus spoke of it in association with the move of GodÃ‚Â (Matt 9:17) .
In the New Testament, the infilling of the Spirit is compared and contrasted to drinking wine.
Ã¢Â€Â˜And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the SpiritÃ¢Â€Â™Ã‚Â (Eph. 5:18 KJVS, see also Acts 2:13)
What God has for us is distinctive for right now; it is a particular anointing for this new era. A new wine from Heaven! But letÃ¢Â€Â™s be awareÃ¢Â€Â”that which isÃ‚Â Ã¢Â€ÂœnewÃ¢Â€ÂÃ‚Â tastes different. Now He says,
Ã¢Â€ÂœYou have learned to receive of Me in one way, and now I am coming in another. One that you are not used to, and there may be a time of adjusting. I have a different impartation for you!Ã¢Â€Â
Ã¢Â€ÂœAnd no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, Ã¢Â€Â˜The old is better.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â™Ã‚Â (Luke 5:39 NIV)
2. New Wine Speaks of Renewed Love and Intimacy with God
Ã¢Â€Â˜Take me away with youÃ¢Â€Â”let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you!Ã¢Â€Â™Ã‚Â (Song of Songs 1:4 NIV)
There are frequent references to Ã¢Â€Â˜love like wineÃ¢Â€Â™ in the Song of Songs.
In the new wine season, the Spirit is wooing you. Hear God say,Ã‚Â Ã¢Â€Â˜I am calling you to intimacy with Me. And in that place, I will be your greatest delightÃ¢Â€Â™.
3. The Trial is Giving Way to Joy
New wine is from grapes that have been through a recent process of crushing.Ã‚Â In the Hebrew, the words translated Ã¢Â€Â˜new wineÃ¢Â€Â™ meanÃ‚Â freshly pressed, squeezed, expelled, and trodden outÃ‚Â . The grapes have come through the winepress, where they have been trodden underfoot.
Wine has been produced under pressure! So, if you have felt as though you have been going through a process of crushing, lift up your hands.
Now is the time of outpouring.
4. New Wine Means itÃ¢Â€Â™s Time for the Harvest
In the Bible, new wine is associated with the harvest.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThen I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.Ã¢Â€Â(Deuteronomy 11:14. NIV)
A harvest from God is abundant and He has promised a day of overflow; one in which the harvest and new wine will be plentiful.
Ã¢Â€ÂœThe days are coming,Ã¢Â€Â declares the Lord, Ã¢Â€Âœwhen the reaper will be overtaken by the plow man and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hillsÃ¢Â€Â¦Ã¢Â€ÂÃ‚Â (Amos 9:13 NIV).
Ã¢Â€ÂœGive, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running overÃ¢Â€Â¦Ã¢Â€ÂÃ‚Â (Luke 6:38)
5. New Wine Brings Celebration
The seasonal crushing and treading upon the grapes was a time of great joy and celebration for the community (Jeremiah 48:33) and wine is associated with gladness and celebration in Scripture. (Psalm 104:15, John 2)
New wine is also associated with blessing and bounty.Ã‚Â (Deut. 7:12-13, Jer. 31:12)
6. Where there is New Wine, new wineskins are needed.
Ã¢Â€ÂœNeither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskinsÃ¢Â€Â¦Ã¢Â€ÂÃ‚Â (Matthew 9:17 NIV)
John the BaptistÃ¢Â€Â™s disciples questioned the difference between JohnÃ¢Â€Â™s and JesusÃ¢Â€Â™ approach to fasting. It wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t that Jesus didnÃ¢Â€Â™t believe in fasting (He taught on fasting) but He was often seen at parties and gatherings, in contrast to JohnÃ¢Â€Â™s austere lifestyle.
And thatÃ¢Â€Â™s when Jesus taught on the difference between old and new wineskins. He was saying:
Ã¢Â€ÂœFor this period of time, this is what God is doing. But donÃ¢Â€Â™t settle even for thisÃ¢Â€Â”for the time is coming on My FatherÃ¢Â€Â™s calendar when it will change again!Ã¢Â€Â.Ã‚Â (Matt. 9:15)
Where there is new wine, there must be a new wineskin; a Ã¢Â€Âœflexible containerÃ¢Â€Â for the new anointing God has for us.Ã‚Â ItÃ¢Â€Â™s time to ask:
What ways, means and methods are now being surpassed?
What strategies does God have for us to embrace?
What is the Holy Spirit indicating, as we pray about this?
7. New Wine Means GodÃ¢Â€Â™s Promise is Being Fulfilled
When God promised His people the land of Canaan, He spoke consistently of the new wine.Ã‚Â It was Ã¢Â€Âœpart of the packageÃ¢Â€ÂÃ¢Â€Â”something tangible they could look forward to in the Promised Land.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSo Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew.Ã¢Â€Â (Deut. 33:28 NIV)
Isaac gave Jacob the blessing,Ã‚Â Ã¢Â€ÂœMay God give you heavenÃ¢Â€Â™s dew and earthÃ¢Â€Â™s richnessÃ¢Â€Â”an abundance of grain and new wine.Ã¢Â€Â (Genesis 27:28 NIV) Hear your Father saying,
Ã¢Â€ÂœThis is My promise to you, being fulfilled. Here I am!Ã¢Â€Â That which you have looked forward to, the new wine is here. This is the day your Ã¢Â€Âœcup runs overÃ¢Â€Â.
8. The New Wine Season is One of Miracles
As at the wedding of Cana, the new wine was miraculous.
Just as the master of ceremonies at the wedding was astounded, and servants looked on in wonder, people will be amazed at what God is doing.
In the season of new wine, Jesus is glorified!
Together, we rejoice and say,Ã‚Â Ã¢Â€ÂœYou have kept the good wine until now!Ã¢Â€Â (John 2:10, NKJV)
9. New wine is also associated with blessings
If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then theÃ‚Â LordÃ‚Â your God will keep His covenant of love with you, as He swore to your ancestors. (a)Ã‚Â Ã‚Â He will love you and bless you (b)Ã‚Â and increase your numbers (c) He will bless the fruit of your womb, (d)Ã‚Â the crops of your landÃ¢Â€Â”your grain, new wine (e)Ã‚Â and olive oil (f)Ã¢Â€Â”the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land He swore to your ancestors to give you. (Deut. 7:12,13)
They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD– the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more. ( Jeremiah 31:12)
10. The Source of the New Wine
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, Ã¢Â€ÂœThis cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.Ã¢Â€Â
(Luke 22:20, NKJV)
The ultimate representation of the new wine was revealed by Jesus, as He took the Passover cup of wine, Ã¢Â€Â˜the fruit of the vineÃ¢Â€Â™ (v18), in His hand.
It is only through the sacrifice of His bloodÃ¢Â€Â“shed for our sinsÃ¢Â€Â“thatÃ‚Â every other benefit symbolized by new wine in Scripture is made freely available to us.
Such is the grace of God.