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Patched by Randy Rowley 1/30/18 ©

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As five friends, my son, Ryan, and I were preparing to leave my house for an early January FCS coastal blast and cast (duck hunt and bay fishing trip) to Port O’Connor, Daryl Shipper asked to borrow my spare neoprene waders.  Daryl had brought vinal waders, but he knew that the water would probably be cold due to recent cold fronts.  I said “sure,” and we threw them in my truck with the rest of our stuff.  I wasn’t concerned about them because they hadn’t leaked the last time I used them about a year before this trip.

That afternoon we set up near the old coast guard station near Saluria Bayou in Espiritu Santo Bay.  Unfortunately, Daryl learned after he got in the water that my waders were leaking a little.  Ducks started to fly soon after we set up, and we had a limit of redheads, plus one ring-neck, by 4:50 PM, a good hour before sunset.

Later that night, I pulled some old patches off the leaking waders and replaced them with Tear-Aid Type A patches.  That proved difficult, as the waders were still wet, and the patches didn’t want to stay stuck.  He tried them again the next day, but the leaks were worse.

After returning home, I bought new patches and proceeded to replace any patch that looked iffy.  I ended up replacing eight patches.  I then went on a walk-in duck hunt with Ken Miller on Lake Somerville in the day hunt area off of Iron Bridge Rd.  We had to walk through thick woods for the last 50 yards or so, including several thorny vines, branches, and trees.  When we went to put out our decoys, I discovered that the waders still leaked, but it wasn’t due to my patch job – it was due to two new holes as big around as the width of a No. 2 pencil that I had added to my hole collection.

I patched the new holes, and four days later, when I went on a walk-in duck hunt with my son, Ryan, on Lake Belton, I discovered that I still had work to do to the waders above my right knee.  I replaced three more patches.

In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, there are accounts of the disciples of John the Baptist coming to Jesus and asking him a question about fasting.  Matthew 9:14 says, “One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?”

The Pharisees usually fasted twice a week.  They also customarily fasted during the national days of fasting and fasted when in mourning.  The disciples of John the Baptist were probably more than a tad bit annoyed when they came to Jesus and asked him why he didn’t make his disciples fast.  Jesus replied with three illustrations, all with the same point.

In Matthew 9:16, Jesus presented his second illustration.  He said, “‘Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth?  For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.’”  This illustration focused on a well-known fact of that day – no experienced seamstress would patch an old garment with a piece of new cloth, as when the new patch inevitably became wet, it would shrink as it dried and cause the hole or tear to become worse than it was before patching it.

What Jesus meant by this is his new teachings do not mix well with the Pharisees’ old rituals, such as regular fasting.  Attaching his new teachings to their old ones would result at least in confusion from distorting the truth.

Our old garments, which are our old sinful and self-consumed lives, cannot be mended – we must replace them.  When we come to Jesus, we are new creations.  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  We have replaced our old sinful lifestyles with the new godly way to live.  We can’t combine the two – one must rule the other, and our sinful nature will reign if we surrendered to Jesus to be our Lord.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:24a (NLT), “‘No one can serve two masters.  For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.’”  Romans 6:5-6 (NLT) says, “Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was.  We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.  We are no longer slaves to sin.”  Simply put, Jesus’s teachings are incompatible with our old ways.

Trying to attach Jesus’s new life with the Pharisees’ old system of sacrificing animals, performing works, and completing rituals to become righteous is useless.  To attempt to meld his teachings into the ways of Judaism or any other of the world’s religions confuses those who try it.

As does attempting to meld his teachings with the cultures of the world’s teachings, which are directly under Satan’s influence.  1 John 2:15 (NASB) says, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”  Jesus said in John 14:6, “‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’”  Jesus’s new way must completely replace our old worldly ways for us to walk in the new life with him.

Hopefully, one day I’ll replace those old, patch-riddled waders with a new abrasion-resistant pair.  But for now, I’ve got higher priorities for my loose change and will keep on patching them.  Don’t let that be the case with Jesus’s teachings.  We don’t need to waste our time trying to patch up our old lives with his teachings – instead, we need to surrender to him and start a new life with him.  Trying to blend our old lives with his new life will confuse us, at the least.

Some of the patches on Randy’s waders

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