Summary: There are three Bible verses that I used to justify my drunkenness. John 2:1-10, 1 Timothy 5:23, and Ephesians 5:18 My problem was that I wanted “relief” not “deliverance”..
Wine and the Bible
There are three Bible verses that I used to justify my drunkenness.
My problem was that I wanted “relief” not “deliverance”.
Look at the content of John… Jesus took water from the wash pots, “after the manner of the purifying of the Jews”, and then he turned it into, “good wine”.
In that day and time they had no refrigeration nor did they have elaborate fermentation processes. The “good wine” was the “best”, the freshest. Jesus turned the wash water into the very best, freshest “fruit of the vine” they ever had.
John 2:1-10 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus 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 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.
1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
Next, has any Doctor ever recommended wine for a stomach ache ? No ! But, even children know that if you are clogged, take some “prune juice”. Not to mention that I had not had “a little wine”, I had a half gallon of rock gut.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit:
And lastly, the word “excess” means “debauchery” which means “a stench in God’s nostrils”.
The scripture actually reads, “be not drunk with wine, wherein is a stench to God’s nostrils, but be ye filled with the Spirit.
If you are still reading this, there is hope. God delivered me and he will do the same for you.
1. The word wine in the Bible is a generic term; sometimes it means grape juice; sometimes it means alcoholic beverages. The following verses prove that the word “wine” can mean fresh grape juice, the fruit of the vine: Deuteronomy 11:14; 2 Chronicles 31:5; Nehemiah 13:15; Proverbs 3:10; Isaiah 16:10; 65:8; 1 Timothy 5:23.
2. The context will always show when “wine” refers to alcoholic beverages. In such cases, God discusses the bad effects of it and warns against it. An example would be Genesis 9, Noah’s experience after the Flood. Verse 21, “and he drank of the wine, and was drunken,” clearly refers to alcoholic beverage. Proverbs 20:1 speaks of the same thing when it warns us, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Alcoholic wine is deceptive; but how? In the very way that people are advocating today, by saying that drinking a little bit will not hurt. Everyone admits that drinking too much is bad; even the liquor companies tell us not to drive and drink, but they insist that a small amount is all right. However, that is the very thing that is deceptive. Who knows how little to drink? Experts tell us that each person is different. It takes an ounce to affect one, while more is necessary for another. The same person will react to alcohol differently, depending on the amount of food he has had, among other things. So, the idea that “a little bit won’t hurt” is deceptive, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise!
In ancient days, before we had refrigeration and vacuum-sealing ability, people learned to preserve the juice of the grape without turning it into alcoholic wine. Many people boiled it down into thick syrup. By doing so, they could preserve it for long periods of time. When they got ready to drink it, they would simply add the water to the consistency desired, in much the same way that we take frozen concentrates and add water. In Bible days, contrary to what many believe, it was not necessary for everyone to drink alcoholic wine as a table beverage.