Season 2, Episode 46
For Monday, October 5, 2015
“Not All Wine in the Bible is ‘Wine'”
Not All Wine in the Bible is “Wine.”
A. In the Bible, “wine” could refer to a fermented beverage or simply to fresh juice.
1. Isa. 65:18 – Thus says the LORD: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,’ So will I do for My servants’ sake, That I may not destroy them all.
2. Prov. 23:31-32 – Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.
3. John 2:1-11
a. Jesus is attending a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee when the host runs out of “wine.”
i. Was the wine alcoholic? We cannot prove that it was. In fact, we can prove that it wasn’t!
b. He called for six water pots of stone, each with a 20-30 gallon capacity.
c. They filled them “to the brim” with water (there would be no question as to the miracle).
d. They took some to the master of the feast (John 2:9-10). The master’s senses are not dulled. He isn’t drunk.
e. Would Jesus Christ have provided some 120 to 180 gallons of alcoholic beverage for a wedding feast?
f. 1 Cor. 5:11 – “But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.”