There is a wonderful verse found in Is 65:8 which states that “…as new wine is found in the cluster…” it is a verse that has been in my heart for many years. We live in a world of individuality and the success of self-made people, we so often make these individuals the pinnacles of life. This simple scripture reminds me that true newness is found not in individuality but in the many. New wine, the wine of God is not in a single grape but in the cluster all the grapes on the vine being worked together to become the new wine of God.
Unfortunately we have been so taken with achieving at any cost we forget that God is after cluster people, relationship, people who are willing to change their shape being pressed into each other to become the “New Wine”
Here are some wine facts I came across while being in our beloved South Africa, you may find it interesting to see how it takes a cluster to produce a single glass. The cup we must drink must be the cup of a cluster! A TOGETHER life, a corporate body and people group, not individuals we so often see in our day with individual Celebrities, but a whole people given to become the new wine of God, the church has to become the cluster of God.
1 grape cluster = 1 glass
75 grapes = 1 cluster
4 clusters = 1 bottle
1 vine = 10 bottles
1200 clusters = 1 barrel
1 barrel = 60 gallons
60 gallons = 25 cases
30 vines = 1 barrel
400 vines = 1 acre
1 acre = 5 tons
5 tons = 332 cases
Determine that in 2012 you will invest into the cluster, and not only your own ministry or status.
Be a part of the cluster of New Wine!
One thought on “Interesting ‘New Wine’ Facts…”
Thank you for reminding me again that God is looking to create a family and not just individuals. It’s not always easy trying to encourage individuals beyond being content in being a ‘lone grape’, especially in our society in the West. Good to be reminded again that the new wine will come from a cluster.