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Title: Wine and drinking...
Tags: wine, Cana, miracle, wedding, moderation
Blog Entry: Sometimes new Christians will ask a question about drinking wine and alcoholic beverages.  Is it ok or sinful?  The answer to these questions are relatively easy.  It is a question of moderation.  The improper use of any food, drink, or medication can cause problems.   In the scriptures we find verses that plainly say wine is ok to drink.  In Genesis 14:18 we hear about the mighty Melchizedek bringing forth bread and wine ( Yayin ) to Abram (Abraham) and his companions.  "Yayin" is a fermented drink and listed about 130 times in the Hebrew scriptures, despite this we see that generations earlier old man Noah consumed too much of this "yayin" and was drunk.  Noah was not exercising moderation!  God gave mankind wine to make people glad ( Psalm 104:15), but it is something to use properly.  And take note that these verses are not about grape juice.  Grape juice is not a mocker but wine can be (see Proverbs 20:1). Jesus created Wine In the New Testament we find a similar pattern.  We see at the wedding in Cana that Jesus produced a good deal of wine (oinos).  This was not grape juice.  A small amount of wine was even recommended due to its medicinal properties (see 1 Timothy 5:21), but Paul Shaul also warned about overindulging in drinking ( Galatians 5:21).  As one can see it is a matter of proper use and moderation as in any substance. pastor Zomok