We live in a time where the sincere, honest preacher of God's word is neglected financially by the church. And the pastor has to remain silent concerning money because he's seen either as interested in money only or a puppet that doesn't deserve a living wage. Shame on the church!
Today we see that the water is a type of the first birth, the wine is a type of the blood of Christ, the waterpots a type of a dead hard heart, and the filling with with the water being changed to wine is a type of the Holy Ghost moving into the sinner.
Jesus' first miracle performed at a wedding has led to many false teachings. One such false teaching is that Christians should do good which leads the their salvation as well as drawing the others in and thus they too, become do-gooders thereby earning them salvation. While this is a good formula for helping each other with physical needs, Jesus came to save the sinner from the punishment of sin's dominion over mankind.
The first miracle that Jesus performed was at a marriage. This wedding is a picture of the Church's wedding day when the bride of Christ meets Jesus, her groom, and enjoys the marriage supper of the lamb.
Today we continue our series on the ten commandments. We are on Commandments #2 (Ex 20:4) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image" - In Commandment #1 we we're told not to have and other God's, so we can see that it's not talking about who to worship but how. In other word, who is the One True God, how is without an image of HIM. In Ex 25 instructions are given for images to be created for the mercy seat where God will meet with the children of Israel, but the images were not to be...
As we continue studying the subject of wine, we look at the next instance of someone drinking wine and getting drunk. The results are the same as Noah, sin! This time in Gen 19 Lot's two daughters get him drunk and have relations with him and have children from their father. And if that was the end of it it would be bad enough. But generations later the results of their sin continues.
Every good gift comes from God. If you can say that the results of drinking alcohol is good then it's of God. If not... James 1:17 KJV  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
In John chapter 2 Jesus performs his first miracle by turning water into wine. This passage is the most quoted passage to justify drinking alcoholic beverages. But in the next several message we will show from the Bible that Jesus did not give alcohol to the guests at the wedding.
Another and equally spiritual truth is hound here in this passage, that of want. In Psalm 104:15 wine is a symbol of joy and gladness. Man's joy runs out and can only be filled temporarily by the word but Jesus and the new birth satisfies for eternity.
Religion has a way of misrepresenting the Scripture to give a particular ideal credibility. But for the student of the Scripture these errors are soon evident with careful and honest study. Then the choice becomes between man's doctrines and traditions or the word of God.
Today we begin the emphasis of the series on the 10 Commandments: Living the Commandments. The 10 Commandments are part of the Law, and therefore not for this dispensation. This means that we do live the commandments to earn salvation. A lost sinner has not earned his way to heaven if he lives the commandments perfectly, in fact, he seals his fate. The Bible says "not by works of righteousness, but according to his mercy he saved us" (Titus 3:5). And again; Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV  "For by...