New Cloth Unto an Old Garment. Matthew 9
Posted by adventbiblestudy on July 8, 2010
KJV Matthew 9:16
16. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
A garment is used to cover the body. It may also be used to keep warm. In extreme cold a warm, thick garment may save a life. A garment can also be used to protect a person from the intense rays of the sun. An old garment can be worn very thin and contain many holes. The garment may be faded from age and countless washings. Chances are very good that the new piece used to repair the garment would stand out, calling attention to the defect. The new piece would be stronger than the old material. This parable points out the new material may become the cause of a more serious tear in the garment.
KJV Isaiah 61:10. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
KJV Job 29:14. I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
KJV Psalms 132:9. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
Garment is a word that is interchangeable with robe, cloth, and a number of other items of clothing. And these are the garments which they shall make; a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a broidered coat, a mitre, and a girdle: and they shall make holy garments. Exodus 28:4. The clothing God supplies to His saints is salvation and righteousness. Now we can understand why Jesus told this parable. He was not teaching a lesson in fashion, but a lesson in righteousness and salvation.
When people try to patch up their old lives with new lessons they have learned, it is like patching an old, worn out garment with a new piece of cloth. Jesus pointed out, this will never work. They must put on the whole garment of salvation. People cannot attain salvation one patch at a time. The entire garment of salvation must put obtained from God, through the righteousness of Jesus.