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Lesson # John 2:6-11
Study Material - John 2:6-11
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
6 Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each. 7 Jesus said to them, 'Fill the waterpots with water.' And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the headwaiter.' And they took it to him. 9 And when the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, 10 and said to him, 'Every man serves the good wine first, and when men have drunk freely, then that which is poorer; you have kept the good wine until now.' 11 This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
Isa. 55:1, come and buy water and receive wine. Moses began his miracles with the turning of water into blood, the function of the Law. From the comforts of this world come destruction or blood. But now Christ begins his miracles turning water into wine. From the comforts of this world come something even better when God is involved. But too the comforts of this world can be destructive when God is excluded. Too much wine leads to drunkenness which is a sin, but a little wine or alcoholic beverage, and this is exactly what this wine was, anyway, a little is quite all right.
There were stone pots which are used in the ceremonial cleansings required by the Law of Moses. Washing brings to the state of pure which dirt and filth cover a thing with. There are many illustrations in the Old Testament which teach the washing concepts, which is the fellowship of God concept. We cannot approach God with our sin in tact. And the various teachings of washing help people to learn the concept of fellowship with God by teaching that we must wash our sins from our life in order to be acceptable in the presence of God. No man can enter the palace of God unless he firsts cleans himself up. No man can approach God in a state of filthiness. That was the function of the pots. To hold the water for the cleansing of hands, feet, foods, and so forth.
Now Jesus uses these same pots for a very different purpose, to teach the principle of grace. The wine that cheers God, Judges 9:13. He instructed the servants to fill up the pots to the brim. When Christ gives us instructions, as He does from the scriptures, we need to obey and without question. God never asks us to do anything that we are not capable of, nor are we asked to do anything illegal or embarrassing to others.
The pots were filled full. Christ blesses to the maximum capacity possible in each of us. The doctrine is us determines our level of capacity. Someone with little doctrine in them has little capacity. A mature believer has significantly more capacity for whatever God gives him.
The pots were filled with water and then wine was drawn out instantly. No magicians magic. No hidden compartments or deception as a magician would require to fool us. God is not limited to the physics of this universe either. If my chemistry and physics are still clear in my mind and I'm not sure which apply here, but H2O, water, does not contain alcohol, nor any of the fruit ingredients of the grape. Also, even the finest wines which come from the grape in a normal fashion, require time and preparation to become categorized as among the 'finest' wines. Squeeze it and drink it doesn't make that grade.
Yet this wine was served to the guests and the head waiter commented as to the high quality of the wine, which Christ caused in His first miracle. The wine was to be used immediately. God provides blessings not to be stored up for later use, but to be used immediately. The initial thanks came to the bridegroom not to Christ, Hos. 2:8. God provides us everything in life, but thanks do not go to Him. People thank each other, they thank their own ability, their own plans and ignore God. Christ did not receive the initial credit, man credited himself and the credit came from ignorance. The servants knew the source and obviously spread the news throughout the party and beyond, verse 11, as the reputation of Christ began to grow.
Even his disciples belief was strengthened at the occurrence of the miracle. We often need some kind of reinforcement to help our faith. God does not deny us all good things, but there is a time when the line is drawn. God is not an entertainer. People can get their eyes in the miracle rather than the correct message of the gospel and doctrine. People begin to expect miracles to cure their problems rather than seeking doctrine which is the true solution for all problems. His disciples who saw no miracle at first were reinforced, and those disciples who saw His revelation of secrets, such as Nathanael and again this miracle were reinforced in their faith. Many knew of His birth but did not pursue Him, yet the wine miracle was closer to their home, their worldly desires, their priorities were twisted in that they did not seek God, but instead sought worldly goods. They saw a genie and continued in their delusion of life.
From God comes the water of life, Bible doctrine. From doctrine comes the blessings of life. He who uses a lot of water is greatly blessed. Of course you need to take a bath or shower regularly, but here the meaning is daily Bible study.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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