Fasting at the proper time

Matthew Bible Background

01.10.2018 – New Testament: Matt 9.16–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 9.1–17 on January 10, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Yes, fasting is a biblical topic and practice, something that the Lord expects us to do from time to time. However, during His ministry His disciples did not fast as the disciples of John and the Pharisees did. Therefore, the disciples of John went to Jesus to ask why His disciples did not fast. He explained that the time would arrive when they would fast, but that would be after He died. Then He explained further,

“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9.16–17).

It is not proper or the right time for the friends of the groom to fast while he is present or at the wedding, even as you do not sew a new piece of cloth to an old one nor do you put new wine in old wineskins. There is a time to eat and a time to fast.


  • Have you gone without a meal or several meals?
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