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.
Comments for John Chapter 2...
Martha Prince's John Chapter 2 comment on 4/07/2013, 10:18am...
I feel these scriptures should answer your question.
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Matthew 24:7 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Luke 17:26-30 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;29But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.30Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Larry's John Chapter 2 comment on 3/31/2013, 11:27am...
I wonder why, at the end of this Chapter,Jesus did not commit Himself to them that they would testify about Him? To whom was He reluctant? Are the hearts of all men the same today as they were back then?
Jay's John Chapter 2 comment on 2/06/2013, 4:47pm...
On verse 10 :
1. This verse gives some real insight on the plan of salvation that God has set up through his son Jesus Christ;
2. The wine is new wine which represents the blood of the New Testament from the law to grace (Mathew 26:28,29; Mark 14:24,25), the wine is grape juice (Genesis 40:11) or non alcoholic new wine or you have to remove 1 Peter 5:8 from the scriptures;
3. At gatherings of importance the best wines are served first and as time goes on and people taste buds become less reliable, then the host breaks out the not as good wine;
4. God always serves the good stuff for last just like salvation, the salvation we have here on earth is good, but the when we get to heaven, it's the best for last;
5. The first shall be last and the last shall be first.
Jay's John Chapter 2 comment on 2/06/2013, 12:58pm...
1. The miracle at Cana is the first miracle performed by Jesus (verse 11) and the miracle was performed mostly for his disciples and servants to witness, this why no one else knew where the new wine came from;
2. This whole miracle was not only done for those disciples and servants present, but for future disciples and servants to see a physical to understand a spiritual truth;
3. The marriage represents the marriage that will take place in heaven after the judgment seat of Christ during the tribulation age after the rapture of the body of Christ;
4. The disciples and servants represent born again believers that will be the only ones allowed at the marriage to Jesus Christ;
5. The wine represents the blood of Jesus that was sacrificed for our sins and that is why he told his mother that his time had not yet come (verse 4), and Jesus says fill them to the brim;
6. The marriage will take place on the third day which tells us when the marriage in heaven will take place (2 Peter 3:8);
7. We now have entered into the third day, and knowing our time is at hand.
Thato Mokoteli's John Chapter 2 comment about verse 7 on 1/20/2013, 2:20pm...
This is a very powerful passage today, for we are now mandated to fill the empty hearts with LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT of those who are weary and tired, so will we see miracles happen in our lives.
STEVEN SIBARE's John Chapter 2 comment on 1/16/2013, 9:18pm...
Turning water into good wine - Jesus can turn every bad person into a good one if we ask him.
AWODIJI OLANREWAJU's John Chapter 2 comment on 1/08/2013, 3:39am...
Considering the fact that Mary the mother of Jesus ,Jesus brethren and Christ's diciples were at this wedding the wedding looks like the wedding of a close relative of the family to which Jesus was born into.The fact that Jesus and his disciples
honoured this invitation is a lesson to belivers and ministers of the gospel. Therefore as ministers of the gospel we must create time out of our busy schedule to honour invitation to ceremonies such as marriage , naming ceremonies etc.
The bible says there was set there six water pots and those were the six water pots that Jesus was going to make use of.As a believer wherever you are, you be sensitive because what will bring about a great breakthrough in our lives are usually where we are without us knowing at times.For examples Isaac had lived for long in Gerar, before he knew he was to sow in the land.It was after he sowed in the land where he had been for a long time that he became a prosperous man.(READ GEN 26)h\
When you consider that Jesus the Saviour of the world turned water into wine does that give us license to drink alcoholic wine as believers, certainly NO.Infact, when the governor of the feast tasted the water turned to wine he called the bridgroom and said you have kept the good wine till now.That means Jesus actually turned water into a good wine not to a bad wine.I believe it is called a good wine because it is not an intoxicating type of wine but a non alcoholic wine.So nobody should use John 2 as an excuse for drinking alcoholic wine.
Another lesson from the reaction of Mary when they needed wine reveals a lot :
1.It reveals that she is a good family woman who does not want the ceremony of her neighbour to encounter failure of any sorth
2.It shows her faith in Jesus for she came to him to tell him the need in the feast.As believers we should also know how to take our request to God in prayer
After the feast, Jesus and his mother, brethren and his disciples left the feast together to capernaum.This reveals that even though Jesus is the Saviour and anointed one from heaven yet he did not abandon his family and as such they attend ceremonies together and even travel together.Today, some may abandon their family members because they are born again.As believers, we should not abandon our unbelieving family members but we are to relate with Christlike love and wisdom.
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