Monday, January 14, 2013
Did Yeshua Drink Fermented Wine (i.e. the good stuff)?
Why did we bring wine to the Temple? Would G-d want us to bring something to Him that He did not like?
Why have wine for kiddush and havdallah? Does it have to do with the command to call Shabbat a delight (Isaiah 58:13)?
Well, you might point to the fruit in the Garden of Eden and say "Look at what evil the fruit of the vine has caused!" Yes, that's true. And you may say "Look at what wine did to Noah and so many others!" Yes, that's also true.
So we should not use wine because it can be used for evil?
Would you say "Don't use fire because fire can kill"? No, you would not. And why?
Wine, like a person, has both destructive and creative potential. Jews believe in directing wine toward a creative end: namely, enjoying the commandments and thereby sanctifying life itself.
Asceticism as a lifestyle is evil. Paul got a little angry with the Colossians because they were listening to the lie "do not taste, do not handle, do not touch." Paul said to not let those ascetic types judge them for what they were eating (feasting) and drinking (celebrating).
Hmm, it's almost as if the Believers at Colossae had gotten into some Judaism and were learning to enjoy the commandments! But is there proof that they were practicing Judaism, that Paul was teaching Gentiles to observe Jewish Law? Let's look and see!
"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day."
So Paul's readers were enjoying the commandments and then Paul, in the same passage, says what specific commandments they were enjoying. And, what a coincidence, those festivals, celebrations, and Sabbaths all traditionally involve the drinking of wine!
So did Yeshua drink fermented wine? Well, that I don't know. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Posted by Peter at 8:01 AM