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                                                 The Book of John - Chapter 2


Water Turned to Wine


      Chapter two of the wonderful book of John starts off with a wedding feast. Jesus and His disciples were there and we read here that this is the start of where Jesus displays His miracles to His believers. We read during the feast that they run out of wine and Jesus mother tells Jesus. The response from Jesus is not what His mother expected. This is eluded to in verse 4, where it says "Woman what does this concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come" This is believed to be that it was not the time for Jesus to display any miraculous deeds, yet it seems His mother expected otherwise. Never the less read the verses below and see where this deed certainly added to the disciples belief. It is important to note that this is one of the many things Jesus did before some people who still did not believe in Him.


1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” 6 Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. 9 When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. 10 And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” 11 This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. 12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.


Jesus Cleanses the Temple and The Discerner of Hearts


       In this next section of scripture Jesus sees the corruption of man's intentions. Taking a Holy place like the Lords Temple and turning it into a market place for financial gain. We do this with just about everything in our lives. It seems everything in our lives has to be about money. This is not a new problem as it we read below that Jesus had to deal with this in His time. This is one of the few times the Lord shows His anger and rightfully so.


  

13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” 18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” 19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

   

23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.


      It says Jesus did not 'commit' Himself to them. The word commit in this context is from a Greek word meaning to entrust. Jesus did not put His confidence in man as He knew the real essence of man. Yes, God does know us.