May 18, 2003
John Chapter 2
Lesson # 2
In this ch. we get deeper into who Jesus really is. So much more than a man. No mere man could perform the mircles He performed.
Vs. 1-2 There is a wedding taking place and Jesus' mother is there. She must be friends with one or both of the familys. So because of her, Jesus and His friends are invited.
vs. 3 They have drank up all the wine. Usually fresh grape juice. Wine referred to juice or strong drink. Depending on the occassion and the person. Nazarites were prohibited from drinking firmented wine. Priest were prohibited from drinking strong drink. Jesus is our High Priest! In the old Testament, God told them to keep from strong drink, not drink wine when it bubbles(see Prov.23;29-30). See Num.6:3. Wine was a part of meals, a medicine, and a disinfectant(Natt,26:29, Luke 10:34, 1Tim. 5:23). Should we drink strong drink? See Romans 14:13-23 and 1Cor. 10:31.
I get the impression that Jesus and His friends were sitting on the sidelines watching more than participating.
vs. 4 Jesus said to His mother, What is that to me woman? My time is not yet come. Why should Jesus care if they had wine? What was He suppose to do about it? His time for ministry, teaching and miracles hadn't come yet. He was still with family and friends. He wasn't as of yet, drawn apart for His mission.
vs.5 His mother had been with Him 30 years, she knew who He was and what He could do. So she told them to do whatever He told them.
vs.6-7 Out of respect for His mother, He told them to fill the water bottles. The bottles were for purification purposes. Ceremonial purification was an important part of worship. The Livites had to purify themselves for service. Individuals had to go through the ritual of purfication after contact with a corpse, after menstruation or any other bloody dischange, after childbirth, and after the cure for leprosy. The ritual required cleansing with water, fire and a sacrifice. Num. 31:23.
vs. 8-9-10 Then He told them to take some to the the master of the feast. And they took him some. The servants knew where the wine was from, that Jesus had changed the water to wine, but the master of the feast didn't know, so he called the bridegroom and complimented him. He said most give the good wine first, and then when all have drank a lot, their taste buds are weak, or they are tipsy, they then bring out the weaker, or older, less tastful wine. But you have saved the good for last. I wonder if they told him where it came from? I would guess so.
vs. 11 This is the first recorded miracle of Jesus in the Bible. It showed His power as God to do whatever He chose. His disciples believed in Him. The literal translation says they believe 'into' Him. That's a closeness only a bride and groom can feel. Inside each other's heart, mind, soul and body.
vs. 12 Then He, His family and disciples went to Capernaum and stayed there a few days. The time for His ministry hadn't yet come.
vs 13thru19 The Paswsover of the Jews was near so Jesus went to Jerusalem. Juresalem means, juru-City; Salem-Peace; City of peace. See Exodus 12:14.
vs.14-17 Jesus went into the Temple and found some had made a market out of it, selling oxen, sheep and doves. They were selling the sacrificial animals INSIDE the Temple. And money changers, making change, breaking a dollar, if you will. Could also change one countries currency to the one visited.
And Jesus made a whip out of plated rope and threw them out of the Temple, the animals and money changers. He turned over the tables, spilled the money, did He actually hit anyone? I don't know. They must have thought He would, they must have really felt threatened or they would not have left. He had more compassion on the ones selling doves. He didn't turn them loose to fly away. He told the ones selling them to take them out. Do not make my Father's house a house of merchandise.
In Matt. He said, My house shall be a house of prayer and you have made it a den of thiefs. All thru the new Testament, Jesus would call something God's, or give God credit for something, and then claim it Himself. He knew He was God and it was no mystery to Him. What God did, He did. What He as Jesus did, it was God doing it. God is always God. You cannot seperate Him from Himself in any way.
And His disciples remembered Ps. 69:9 The zeal of Your house has consumed Me.
vs.18-22 The Jews wanted to know by what authority He did these things. Jesus told them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
He would give them a sign that no one else could give. They thought He was talking about the temple of stone. They said, It took 46 years to build this temple and you will raise it in 3 days?
He was talking about His body, the temple of God. He would raise it up three days after His death. Notice in vs. 19, He said "I" will raise it up.
When He resurrected from the dead, His disciples remembered He said this, and they understood what He meant. And they believed the Scripture, even the words which Jesus spoke. Any Word spoken by God is Scripture, whether it is writyen down or not. When Jesus said it, it became scripture.
vs.23-25 While He was in Jerusalem, at the Passover Feast, He apparently did more signs and miracles because many believed on His name, literal- into His name. Became family members. Notice all thru the Testament, Jesus commands us to believe in His NAME. That's the only way to salvation. Thur and IN His name.
But Jesus didn't take them into His confidence because He knew all things, and every one. He didn't need anyone to give account of what was inside man, for He knew what was inside man. He was God. He could read the very heart of everyone around Him. They were accepting Him for the miracles He did. Later, when He died and arose, we would accept Him for the sacrifice He made for us. Then He would take us into His confidence and lead us into the deep secretes of His love.
The main topics I get from this chapter is this. #1 The law was the old wine. Jesus is the new wine. The best was saved for last.
#2, modern preachers are turning the house of God into a den of thieves, selling healings and miracles for money. Selling salvation to the ones weak enough to fall for it. Making a mockery of everything that is sacred.
I know this is a lot from a short chapter but when you get deep into God's Word, nothing is short.
May God bless and guide us deeper into His Word and love.