“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins” (Mark 2:22, NKJV).
For centuries before there were glass bottles, the tightly sown skins of goats were often used to hold wine. The fresh skin stretched as the grape juice in it fermented. But old skins could no longer stretch, so new wine would cause them to burst. The debate over Sabbath practices in Mark 2:23-27 illustrates that contemporary Jewish faith was so brittle it had no room to “stretch” to meet human need