John Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's John Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The miracle at Cana. (1-11) Christ casts the buyers and sellers out of the temple. (12-22) Many believe in Christ. (23-25)1-11 It is very desirable when there is a marriage, to have Christ own and bless it. Those that would have Christ with them at their marriage, must invite him by prayer, and he will come. While in this world we sometimes find ourselves in straits, even when we think ourselves in fulness. There was want at a marriage feast. Those who are come to care for the things of the world, must look for trouble, and count upon disappointment. In our addresses to Christ, we must humbly spread our case before him, and then refer ourselves to him to do as he pleases. In Christ's reply to his mother there was no disrespect. He used the same word when speaking to her with affection from the cross; yet it is a standing testimony against the idolatry of after-ages, in giving undue honours to his mother. His hour is come when we know not what to do. Delays of mercy are not denials of prayer. Those that expect Christ's favours, must observe his orders with ready obedience. The way of duty is the way to mercy; and Christ's methods must not be objected against. The beginning of Moses' miracles was turning water into blood, #Ex 7:20|; the beginning of Christ's miracles was turning water into wine; which may remind us of the difference between the law of Moses and the gospel of Christ. He showed that he improves creature-comforts to all true believers, and make them comforts indeed. And Christ's works are all for use. Has he turned thy water into wine, given thee knowledge and grace? it is to profit withal; therefore draw out now, and use it. It was the best wine. Christ's works commend themselves even to those who know not their Author. What was produced by miracles, always was the best in its kind. Though Christ hereby allows a right use of wine, he does not in the least do away his own caution, which is, that our hearts be not at any time overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, #Lu 21:34|. Though we need not scruple to feast with our friends on proper occasions, yet every social interview should be so conducted, that we might invite the Redeemer to join with us, if he were now on earth; and all levity, luxury, and excess offend him.
12-22 The first public work in which we find Christ engaged, was driving from the temple the traders whom the covetous priests and rulers encouraged to make a market-place of its courts. Those now make God's house a house of merchandise, whose minds are filled with cares about worldly business when attending religious exercises, or who perform Divine offices for love of gain. Christ, having thus cleansed the temple, gave a sign to those who demanded it, to prove his authority for so doing. He foretells his death by the Jews' malice, Destroy ye this temple; I will permit you to destroy it. He foretells his resurrection by his own power; In three days I will raise it up. Christ took again his own life. Men mistake by understanding that according to the letter, which the Scripture speaks by way of figure. When Jesus was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered he has said this. It helps much in understanding the Divine word, to observe the fulfilling of the Scriptures.
23-25 Our Lord knew all men, their nature, dispositions, affections, designs, so as we do not know any man, not even ourselves. He knows his crafty enemies, and all their secret projects; his false friends, and their true characters. He knows who are truly his, knows their uprightness, and knows their weaknesses. We know what is done by men; Christ knows what is in them, he tries the heart. Beware of a dead faith, or a formal profession: carnal, empty professors are not to be trusted, and however men impose on others or themselves, they cannot impose on the heart-searching God.
Earl's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 4 on 3/30/2014, 1:26pm...
It seems to me that although both she and Jesus knew he was a miracle worker, they both knew this instance was a minor situation and need not have been brought to him. She knew he could fix it. and as did he too. But do we? So often we deem our own problems beneath the care of Jesus, as if our situation were not worthy of his concern. His Mother knew him well enough to know, hem can fix anything. No task is too trivial no job too small, no problem to simple that we make a decision to abort our praying to God about it. He actually does care about the trivialities and the mundane occurrences of our lives.Are we to Judge what he can and cannot handle? Let him be the judge of it.
Kgethisi Molefe's John Chapter 2 comment on 3/21/2014, 2:34pm...
Jesus is the solution for our probles if it wasn t about Jesus wine was finish for good bt because of Jesus was there problem solved We have always invite Jesus in all our situation because He is our helper and our adviser Thanks you Jesus in my life
Don's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 5 on 2/20/2014, 11:26am...
To me this should be the most important message of the church today We have watered down the gospel in many of our church bodies and are not focussing on John s statement that is What ever His word says we are to do it chriistains are not to compromise
Robert's John Chapter 2 comment on 1/29/2014, 1:37pm...
And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15And 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;
16And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise
Kelly's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 11 on 1/25/2014, 12:58am...
This is a lesson on what this world is like, and how darkness is over us that we don't understand we are slaves, the living dead in need of light. He had power simply because he understood what was going on and doing these manifestations helped them cross over. You know what it's like when you don't get something and can't seem to make out what a person is saying and then the lights go and and it was in front of you all the time, this is what the world is like, being held in a dream like state and when you look at tv and see the players imagine them all in the dark, doing what we always do and then imagine Christ waking them up and they see themselves for the first time... at that moment, never be ashamed for beauty is in the eye of the beholder and he be holdeth you in beauty.
Joe's John Chapter 2 comment on 1/22/2014, 3:17pm...
It is by no means disrespectful. In fact the opposite is true. First, “What have I to do with thee?” Is like saying what do you want me to do? Second, when Jesus refers to Mary as “Woman” the Greek translation does not denote any disrespect. In John 19:26 while Jesus was on the cross he was deeply concerned about her sadness and grief, yet again he refers to Mary as “Woman”. He loves her as he does all of us. There was certainly no disrespect.
T Bennett's John Chapter 2 comment on 1/02/2014, 7:23pm...
What does Jesus mean when he says "woman what have I to do with thee?" Sorry but it sounds kinda rude to call your mother woman more or less 'what have i to do with you'. Can someone explain the context?
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