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The Wedding at Cana November 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — cohpastor @ 2:45 am

 

Doug:

Something I meant to run by you–our NT group that met and seemed to have a lot of debate on the wedding at Cana exchange between Jesus and Mary prior to His miracle.

Two things:

(1)  The group was disturbed by Him calling His mother “woman”;

(2)  They were puzzled by why He would say that His time had not yet come, but then went ahead and performed the miracle.

I’m interested in your thoughts.  Thanks.

In Christ,

TBo

 

Here is what I think –

(1) The group was disturbed by Him calling His mother “woman”;

Commentator  say:

The word “woman” can be  misleading. It sounds to us very rough and abrupt. But it is the same word as Jesus used on the Cross to address Mary as he left her to the care of John (Jn 19:26). In Homer it is the title by which Odysseus addresses Penelope, his well-loved wife. It is the title by which Augustus, the Roman Emperor, addressed Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen. So far from being a rough and discourteous way of address, it was a title of respect.

(2) They were puzzled by why He would say that His time had not yet come, but then went ahead and performed the miracle.

First you need to see that when Jesus talks about his time or “hour” he is talking about his suffering and death on the cross (John 7:6, 8, 30; John 8:20; John 12:23-24, 27, 33; John 13:1; John 17:1).   I think the wedding reminded Jesus of his own wedding to his bride, the church and he knew that the dowry for his bride is his “hour”.  The wine Jesus was asked to provide may have turned his thoughts to the wine he would provide that is the wine of his blood or the wine of the wedding feast in the kingdom or both.

Matthew 26:27-29 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Doug ><>

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