Why I Don’t Drink Wine?

On September 7, 2010, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Or should I say "Why I Do Drink Wine!"

Many arguments, articles and analogies have been put forth to explain The Messiah's miracle of turning water into wine.

Did he (The Messiah) turn water into Grape Juice (unfermented) or Wine (fermented)?

Were the people that attended the party well drunk (full of) grape juice or were they well drunk (intoxicated) on wine?

This can easily be determined from the Bible by doing a simple word search using any Bible Concordance.

Did the Messiah Drink Wine?

Luke 7:33-34 (King James Version)

33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

Let's look up the word winebibber

YES! The Messiah did drink wine!

What about the wedding feast where The Messiah changed water into wine?

John 2 (King James Version)

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Yahusha (Jesus) was there: 2 And both Yahusha (Jesus) was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus (Yahusha) saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus (Yahusha) saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7 Jesus (Yahusha) saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

Let's do a word study on wine from a biblical perspective. The Greek word for wine is "Oinos".

Keep in mind that we are dealing with the Hebrew People and The Messiah was a Hebrew from the tribe of Judah! Therefore, we will need to look up that same word from its Hebrew origin for a more clearer meaning:

But wait, that's not all, let's look up verse 10 and the word "drunk". Does it means that the people at the wedding feast were full of grape juice or were they intoxicated with wine! The Greek word for "drunk" is "methyo" which means "to be drunken".

Finally, let's look up the "root word" for drunk from John 2:10

From this simple word study of John 2:1-10, it is obvious that the people at this party were not drinking grape juice but wine because they were drunk or intoxicated. Any other interpretation would be creating another man-made doctrine in saying that The Messiah did something that he didn't do!

Water into grape juice? No Way!

Can you drink wine? YES

Should you drink wine until you are intoxicated? NO!

Proverbs 20:1 (New King James Version)

1 Wine is a mocker,Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

The NASB Bible drives the point home:
Proverbs 20:1 (New American Standard Bible)

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

The Hebrew Interlinear Bible confirms this as well.

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