It is absolutely deliberate
that wine "engages the brain more than any other human behavior.
Moderation is God's deliberate and perfect will, not abstinence, and certainly
tells of the mysterious priest Melchizedek who met the great man of faith, Abram, returning from military
conquest, (later God renamed him Abraham).
18 And Melchizedek
king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor
of heaven and earth:
blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
And in Hebrews 5 we see that the Lord Jesus Christ IS a priest forever after
the order of Melchisedek.
4 And no man taketh this honour
unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art
a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
NOTE: Each of the above
events and each particular of them was exactly prescribed by God, none of them happened
Being a priest forever after the order of Melchisedek the Lord Jesus Christ provides wine for the
wedding: (This is his FIRST miracle)
the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
Note: The "third day" is especially significant, as Jesus resurrected from the dead on
the third day! This provided substitutionary atonement for believers! And it is also especially significant that
it is a "marriage" because Christianity IS MARRIAGE TO JESUS CHRIST!
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.
saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
his "hour is come," that is, his sacrificial death and resurrection, then, he provides "WINE" for
the marriage of believers to himself.
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.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana
of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother,
and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
At the "last supper" that is the initiation the Christian celebration of the "Lord's
Supper" or "Holy Communion" Jesus gives believers bread and wine.
Each of the first three Gospel
books, Matthew, Mark, and Luke contain the accounts, as does 1 Corinthians 11. John's Gospel alludes to the Lord's Supper.
1 Corinthians 11:
I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed
when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance
the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as
oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and
drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him
eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among
you, and many sleep.
if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with
my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto
condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
In many Christian churches
the Lord's Supper, or Communion, is only understood as a "remembrance."
I am very sure that Jesus has ordained it to be a "communion," that is, that the Lord Jesus Christ
is personally, truly, present in the gathering of believers and in their hearts and minds.
1 Corinthians 10:
speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread
which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that
What about alcohol problems?
Proverbs 22:6:Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Local laws have to be considered, of course, but I think parents do have latitude in raising their children.
The WRONG thing is to hand a person their first glass of wine when they reach legal drinking age!
The RIGHT thing is to introduce wine with dinner, to older children, especially on special occasions.
This should be with the correct cultural and spiritual context, and he/she should be taught and guided in to the
correct usage of wine.