Continuing from last week, the next thing Moses promised was wine.
You know the history. Mary goes to Jesus and says, “We have no wine”. And then she tells the servants in John 2:5, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
I want you to understand that if you want to partake of the new wine, then whatever He says, do it. Listen to me closely, we cannot like one part of the Bible, believe it, and obey it and not another part just because we don’t like it or because it doesn’t line up with what Mamma and Daddy said or what our denomination said.
Now, I want you to look very carefully at verse 6, John 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.
First of all, there were 6 pots. What does the number 6 represent in the Bible? Man. So these pots represent man.
Now, what kind of pots were they? Stone. That is very unusual because we know from archaeology that just about all their pitchers, bowls, and pots were made from clay.
Why stone? I began to study what stone has to do with us and I came across 1 Peter 2:5 talking about the church; born-again folks, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
These living stones were built up into a Spiritual house, the body of Christ, those of us who are born-again.
So what does Jesus tell them to do with the pots? John 2:7, Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
So first…FIRST (everybody say, “first”) First He fills them with water.
What are we born of first? Jesus tells Nicodemus in the next chapter, John 3:5, Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
We are first born of water and then Jesus just gave away what happened to the water in the stone pots next, right? Bear in mind, this was a miracle of creation. Turning water to wine is not as simple as adding a packet of powder. It is creation, and we are created a new people when we are born-again.
We are first born of water, then of the Spirit. That is the only way a person can enter into that Kingdom of God we talked about.
Here is where I am going to get a little rough. According to the Word of God, one cannot put new wine into…OLD wine-skins.
The old bottles are those who, through their traditions and doctrines of men, will not change. They are so set in their ways, unwilling to admit they MIGHT be wrong about something, they are unable to receive the new wine. They have become hard and unusable, like an old wine skin.
These old wine-skins only want teachers who will tickle their ears, and that does not just mean preaching easy things.
It can also mean preaching and teaching them only the things they have settled in their own minds as being the truth, having no ear to hear a fresh word from the Spirit, no heart to receive a fresh fire from the Holy Ghost.
“No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.” Matthew 9:16
This Scripture has the same meaning. If we try to patch up our old beliefs with a new belief, then the tear becomes worse. We need to throw away the old garment of religious tradition and put on with humility the new robe of righteousness. We cannot patch up the old.
I confess before you that just a few short years ago, I held some beliefs that I thought were true, simply because I had heard them for so long from people who I loved and respected for years, THANK GOD, only to find out these things I was taught were NOT true. THANK GOD that by revelation of the Holy Spirit, straight from the Word of God did I find out that Jesus Christ IS the same yesterday, today, and forever, and every promise is still true from beginning to end.
It’s not easy for some of us old Baptists or old Methodists, or old you-name-it, to understand. Many times we are like Nicodemus trying to understand Jesus on the same point.
Luke 5:39 says, “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, the old is better.”
Most of us who have been in church for years have some kind of ingrained teaching from the old, man-made church system and it is VERY difficult to get past things we have thought were true since we were kids from family, teachers, preachers, you name it.
When we have these old beliefs, it is easy to say the old wine is better. All this stuff about overcoming the old man and putting on the new man, being filled with new wine, walking in the Spirit, it’s not easy to grab hold of when we are so rooted in tradition.
Moses said we would gather corn, wine, and what? Oil.
There is a filling of the Spirit on the inside, represented by the new wine inside the wine-skin.
Next week, we’ll have the final installment and talk about the OIL.