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Thursday, May 12 2016

John 2: The Messiah's Beginning Of Miracles

"This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on Him"

The Hebrew word (pronounced) yah-yin is translated as "wine" in the Holy Scriptures. It means fermented, wine, as made obvious that it was from yah-yin that Noah became drunk:

"9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 9:21 And he drank of the wine [i.e. yah-yin], and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent." (Genesis 9:20-21 KJV)

The Greek word translated as "wine" in the New Testament is pronounced oy-nos. It means wine, not unfermented grape juice. We know that because the word is used where people were warned not to drink to excess and get drunk from it. No such warning would be necessary if it were no-alcohol grape juice. The apostle Paul plainly made the distinction between drink "a little wine" and "be not drunk with wine."


"5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine [oy-nos] for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." (1 Timothy 5:23 KJV)

"5:18 And be not drunk with wine [oy-nos], wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18 KJV)

The Messiah's "beginning of miracles" was His famous "turning water into wine" at the behest of His mother (see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).

While it became His first public miracle, Mary seemed matter-of-fact certain that Jesus had miraculous power. As well, some have speculated that Mary took it upon herself to do something that was the responsibility of the hosts of the wedding because the wedding was a family occasion (see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth).

"2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2:2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

2:7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

2:8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

2:9 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, 2:10 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.

2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days" (John 2:1-12 KJV)

The Messiah's driving out of the bankers and peddlers from the Temple was another famous and prophesied event ("And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up"; see also When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?).

"2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body. 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." (John 2:13-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: Wine, beer and liquor are made from seed-bearing plants (grapes and garins). What does the Word of God say about the abuse of any kind of seed-bearing plant?
See Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?

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This Day In History, May 12

922: Abbasid envoy and historian Ahmad ibn Fadlan arrived in the lands of Volga Bulgars.

1096: Before leaving on the First Crusade (the "Crusades" were wars by Roman Catholics against Muslims for control of "the Holy Land" - see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), Count Emich von Leiningen and his army swept through their own German homeland, murdering thousands of Jews who they declared "murderers of Christ" (see Hate Jews? and 'His Blood Be On Us And Our Children'). When Emich arrived in the town of Worms (the English rendering of the German Vorms), the town's Roman Catholic bishop tried to protect the Jewish population, but the Crusaders overran his palace and slaughtered about 500 people who had taken shelter there. Another 300 were killed over the next 2 days. The graves of the massacre victims can still be seen at the Jewish Cemetery at Worms.

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1191: King Richard I of England married Berengaria of Navarre, the daughter of King Sancho VI of Navarre and Sancha of Castile.

1264: The Battle of Lewes between King Henry III of England and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, began.

1310: 54 Knights Templars were burned at the stake as heretics in France. Established during the Crusades to protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, this military order came into increasing conflict with Rome until Clement V officially dissolved it in 1312 at the Council of Vienna.

1364: Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, was founded in Krakow.

1551: The National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in America, was founded in Lima, Peru.

1689: King William's War: William III of England joined the League of Augsburg in a war with France.

1743: Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned Queen of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.

1797: French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Venice.

1820: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born in England.

1870: Canada bought Manitoba from the Hudson's Bay Company and made it a Canadian province.


1885: During the North-West Rebellion, the four-day Battle of Batoche was fought between the Canadian government and rebel Metis. It ended with a decisive rebel defeat.

1926: Norwegian Roald Amundsen, Italian Umberto Nobile and Lincoln Ellsworth of the U.S. crossed the North Pole in the Italian-built airship Norge.

1932: The body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindberg was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, New Jersey.

1937: King George VI of Britain was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. Princess Elizabeth, today Queen Elizabeth II, became heir to the throne.

1949: The Berlin Airlift ended when the Soviet blockade was lifted. The airlift began on June 26 1948.

1955: Austria regained its independence as the Allied occupation following the Second World War ended (Adolf Hitler was born in Austria; he later moved to Germany and became a German citizen).

1958: The North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement was signed between the U.S. and Canada.

1965: West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.

1965: The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 landed on the Moon.

1975: As U.S. military involvement in Vietnam came to an end, Cambodia seized the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez.

1982: An "ultraconservative" Spanish priest with a bayonet attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II during a procession in Fatima, Portugal. The priest claimed that the Pope was an "agent of Russia" who was destroying the Church of Rome with liberal reforms.

2002: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for talks with Fidel Castro, thereby becoming the first President of the U.S., in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution that overthrew the CIA and Mafia controlled regime of Fulgencio Batista.

2008: An earthquake measuring magnitude 8.0 occurred in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.



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