A Question About Fasting
14 Next, Yochanan’s(this would be John the Baptist’s) talmidim came to Him and asked, “Why is it that we and the P’rushim fast frequently, but your talmidim don’t fast at all?” 15 Yeshua said to them, “Can wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them; then they will fast. 16 No one patches an old coat with a piece of unshrunk cloth because the patch tears away from the coat and leaves a worse hole.
Verse sixteen and seventeen speak to the issue of whether faith in Yeshua the Messiahcan be combined with Judaism. Here the old coat is Judaism. The unshrunk cloth is Messianicfaith which has not been adapted (“shrunk”) to the framework ofJudaism as currently practiced. Combining unadapted Messianic faith with traditional
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