Growing up in a catholic town and in a Christian family the topic of alcohol was very lightly touched on, hearing “Jesus drank wine so can I” and all that kind of stuff, referring to the first miracle of Jesus. I had also heard of how in communion they drank wine that was supposedly the blood of Christ. But there was always one thing I never knew: What does the Bible say about drinking? The word wine appears in the Bible 233 times, meaning there is probably a lot to be said about wine. The primary things that the Bible says about wine are the types of wine, what wine has been used as (and) for, Evil effects from and what it is an illustration for.
Jesus drank so why can’t I?
When people ask this question, they are referring to Jesus Christ’s first miracle found in John 2:1-11 When Jesus was at a wedding and turned water into wine. The short answer to if The Lord Jesus Christ got drunk is: No. Drunkenness is a sin, and if Jesus got drunk that means he sinned, and the cross of Calvary was pointless and means all born again Christians are bound for hell just like the rest of the lost world.
The types of wine:
· Old Wine: The Bible first refers to wine in Genesis 9:21 when Noah, after the flood plants a vineyard and gets drunk from the wine that is produced and as a result one of his sons commits an unseemly act. The Bible also makes mention of wine in Numbers 6:3 “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.” What we can gather here is the definition of wine is there are a few types and it is strongly tied to alcohol. Old wine is what most of the people today mean when they say ‘wine’.
· New Wine: The second type of wine found in the Bible is new wine and the Bible sheds light on that in Isiah 65:8 “Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster…” is very clear on the definition of new wine, straight from the cluster. Meaning wine has two meanings and two very different results for drinking. Old wine will make you a drunken fool and if that’s the only bad thing you have done in your life, you’re still bound for hell, New wine which makes for a pleasant time and goes great at family BBQ.
Evil Effects of Alcoholic Wine:
There are many negative impacts of alcohol starting with violence, mocks a man, causes poverty, bites like a serpent, impairing judgment, inflames passions, and takes away the heart. Here is the scripture reference for the results of booze
· Violence: Proverbs 4:17 “For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.”
· Mocks a man: Proverbs 20:1 “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
· Causes Poverty: Proverbs 23:20-21 “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
· Bites like a Serpent: Proverbs 23:31-32 “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.”
· Impairs Judgement: Proverbs 31:4-5 “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.”
· Inflames passions: Isaiah 5:11 “Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!”
· Takes away the heart: Hosea 4:11 “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”
Not only does the scripture speak the absolute truth, but you can also see it driving around on a Friday night. What you’re doing out on a Friday night is hopefully well-intentioned, either way, just observe the bars and I’d bet you can check off at least 3 or 4 of those results at one time. You can see how wine takes away the heart when a family is torn apart because a dad can’t put down a bottle.
Illustration of wine
The Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ is illustrated by wine in Isiah 55:1 “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” As well if you look at John 6:54 “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” If you take these passages and compare them to the Lord’s supper when he sets the illustration to the disciples as the wine as his blood and the bread as his flesh. He even says exactly what the wine/blood stands for in Matthew 26:28 “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
Now don’t go thinking that it was literally The Lord Jesus Christ blood and flesh when they ate dinner as some people do. All through the Bible, God uses similitudes which compares one thing to another so people can grasp it better, and that is exactly what’s happening here. Jesus is saying LITERALLY I give my body and blood for people to be SPIRITUALLY cleansed. Like the sacrifices of the old testament when God made the requirement “and almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission.” The Lord Jesus Christ is even referred to by the last prophet, John the Baptist as “… the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
The Bible has clearly defined that drunkenness is a sin that causes violence, poverty, impairs judgment and can take away your heart, there are two types of wine, Jesus didn’t get drunk, and that wine in the Bible can be referring to the blood The Lord Jesus Christ shed so that no man would have to perish in hell for their sin, even if it is drinking. Will you drink the new wine today and believe on The Lord Jesus Christ?
Check out useful tools: https://www.theholybibleguide.com/useful-tools