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Skin

Skins of animals were used as bottles both for water and for wine. They formed many useful articles for clothing. Various kinds formed the protection for the tabernacle in the wilderness. Ezekiel tells of shoes being made from skins (Ezek.16.10 kjv; niv “leather”). The word is also used figuratively in several places (Job.2.4; Job.19.20). The two Greek words are used only three times in the NT (Matt.3.4; Mark.1.6; Heb.11.37) and in each case speak of articles of clothing. If new wine is put into old wineskins “the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved” (Matt 9:17). As the skin bottle grew old it lost its elasticity, becoming hard and brittle. New wine was still fermenting and the expansion caused by the resulting gases was easily accommodated by a new stretchable bottle. Obviously, the new wine would burst an old bottle. The point of the Lord’s parable is that an elastic mind able t