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Wednesday, May 20 2015
Proverbs 23: They That Tarry Long At The Wine
"Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine"
Christian Passover (see Nisan 14: How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?) is observed with bread and wine. That is how the Messiah observed it - and how He will observe it again after He returns.
"26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." (Matthew 26:27-29 KJV)
Some people contend that it was grape juice, not wine, that was and is used at Passover (those who emotionally oppose what the Holy Scriptures actually say about wine often do so because they have suffered from alcohol abuse, either personally or from a family member). Note carefully however two very important points in this Biblically-documented example.
First, notice that people got drunk by consuming a wrong amount of Passover wine. Rather than a very-small sip of wine (i.e. the volume of a small cup divided by 12 people, according to the Messiah's example), they drank much more and became intoxicated. That could not have happened with mere grape juice.
Second is the warning to not "drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily." Arbitrarily substituting what the Messiah actually commanded with something else is just as "unworthy" as becoming drunk by consuming wine in excess. Either way, "For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."
"11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
Observing Passover according to the LORD's instructions is good. Alcohol abuse is evil. Notice that "drunkards" are among those who shall not "inherit the Kingdom of God."
"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)
The Proverbs are applied lessons of righteous principles. Among them are "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty" and "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine."
"23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
Fact Finder: Wine and other alcohol-content drinks are made from seed-bearing plants e.g. grapes and grains. How does the Word of God distinguish between the righteous use and the folly use of seed-bearing plants?
This Day In History, May 20
325: The First Council of Nicea was held by the Roman Empire/Church (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
363: The Roman emperor Julian had given Jews permission to begin construction of another Temple; he even provided funds and building materials. The day before construction was to begin, a powerful earthquake struck Jerusalem and destroyed the preparations site (it wasn't yet time for the last Temple to be rebuilt - see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today).
526: An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Antioch, Syria (see Earthquake!).
1217: The Second Battle of Lincoln was fought near Lincoln, England. It resulted in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.
1303: The Treaty of Paris restored Gascony to the British in the Hundred Years War.
1347: In Rome, Cola di Rienza took the title of Tribune and assumed dictatorial powers in his drive to revive the city as the capital of Italy.
1497: Italian explorer Zuan Chabotto (popularly known in English as John Cabot) set sail on his ship Matthew from Bristol, England looking for a route to the west. Like other Italian explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Cabot was commissioned by another country - in Cabot's case, under a commission from Henry VII of England.
1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut, India, after sailing from Europe.
1506: Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, died in poverty at age 55. His four voyages of discovery (see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) led to European colonization of the "new world," but at the time of his death, he still incorrectly believed that he had sailed to the coast of Asia (the reason that the native people of the continents of North and South America were erroneously called "Indians").
1536: King Henry VIII, 45, married Jane Seymour, 27.
1609: William Shakespeare's sonnets were first published, in London.
1674: John Sobieski became the first king of Poland.
1690: England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.
1798: Admiral Alexander Ball saved Lord Nelson's flagship from running ashore after being dismasted in a storm.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte reinstated slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition during the French Revolution.
1813: The Battle of Bautzen during the Napoleonic Wars (while Britain was fighting the U.S. during the War of 1812, most of the British military was in Europe fighting Napoleon). French troops under Napoleon defeated a Russo-Prussian army in east Germany.
1874: Levi Strauss began marketing "blue jeans" with copper rivets. 120 years later, millions of them are still being sold.
1920: Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasted the first regularly-scheduled radio programming in North America.
1927: Britain signed the Treaty of Jeddah with King Ibn Saud, granting independence to Saudi Arabia (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1932: Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland, Canada to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot. She landed in Ireland the next day.
1939: Transatlantic airmail service began.
1941: First large-scale military paratrooper drop in history - Germans into Crete.
1956: The first hydrogen bomb to be dropped from the air was detonated by the U.S. over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific.
1980: A referendum by the people of Quebec rejected separation from Canada.
1983: The first published medical reports of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
1989: The Chinese government declared martial law during pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the stage for the Tiananmen Square massacre.
2002: The independence of East Timor was recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional United Nations administration.