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The Christian and Alcohol

1 Timothy 5:23
B6 About wine
C1 God is against anything that lessens our judgment.
C2 For health some take medicine which may have a side effect that clouds judgment. We understand this, so does God.
C3 For Timothy’s health was recommended for his health.
D1 The Greek word for wine is οἶνος oînos.
D2 It means wine, the fermented grape juice. The percentage I find varies from 5-20% with most at 15-20%. Wine in the Ancient World at the page bottom is a pdf part 1 and part 2.
D3 Some verses
E1 Burst from the pressure: Matthew 9:17 NLT And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.
E2 For easing pain and anxiety: Mark 15:23 NLT They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.
E3 Researching wine or juice for Passover, I found that some Jews squeeze grape juice just a few hours before Passover so that it doesn’t ferment, while others use fermented wine, and still others either. If you want to research it for yourself, search under kiddush.
E4 John the Baptist did not drink either, but the Lord Jesus drank both: Luke 7:33-34 NIV For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
E5 Jesus created wine: John 2:10 NET and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper wine when the guests are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!
F1 The Greek word for drunk is μεθύω methýō.
F2 It means from another form of G3178; to drink to intoxication, i.e. get drunk:—drink well, make (be) drunk(-en). (Source is Strong).
E6 A principle about eating and drinking. Some people will lie and say they are the weaker brother or sister, but if they see another Christian eating or drinking, their faith is not weakened, etc. Romans 14:21 NKJV [It is] good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor [do anything] by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.
E7 We are commanded to not be drunk with wine. It is drunkenness that is condemned, for judgment, safety, etc. is altered. Being filled with the Spirit is not a mystical experience, it is knowing what God wants and upon being reminded by a Bible verse or whatever then doing what that verse says instead of what our flesh wants. Ephesians 5:18 NLT Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
E8 It is not alcohol that is condemned but excessive alcohol that alters the mind. (Titus 2:3 is similar with elderly women being addressed). 1 Timothy 3:8 CSB Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money.
D4 Clear headed, alert, wise judgment, etc. verses:
E1 1 Corinthians 16:13 CSB Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.
E2 Take note. The verse does not say do not to drink wine. It says do not drink wine before going into the Tabernacle. Also notice the penalty, “You will die.” Leviticus 10:8-9 NLT Then the LORD said to Aaron, 9 “You and your descendants must never drink wine or any other alcoholic drink before going into the Tabernacle. If you do, you will die. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed from generation to generation.
F1 A note from TSK:
The Hebrew shecher, Arabic sakar, or sukr, Greek [sikera] from shachar, to inebriate, signifies any kind of fermented and inebriating liquor beside wine. So St. Jerome informs us, that sicera in Hebrew denotes any inebriating liquor, whether made of corn, the juice of apples, honey, dates, or any other fruit. These different kinds of liquors are described by Pliny, who calls then vina factitia . One of the four prohibited drinks among the Mohammedans in India is called sakar, which denotes inebriating liquor in general, but especially date wine.
This is a strong reason why they should drink no inebriating liquor, that their understanding being clear, and their judgment correct, they might be always able to discern between the clean and the unclean, and ever pronounce righteous judgment. Injunctions similar to this were found among the Egyptians, Carthaginians, and Greeks. Indeed, common sense itself shows that neither a drunkard nor a sot should ever be suffered to minister in holy things.
E3 Too much alcohol or drugs alters one’s memory, will, judgment, etc. Proverbs 31:4-5 NET It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink, 5 lest they drink and forget what is decreed, and remove from all the poor their legal rights.
E4 An example of how alcohol alters the mind: Isaiah 28:7-8 NET Even these men stagger because of wine, they stumble around because of beer—priests and prophets stagger because of beer, they are confused because of wine, they stumble around because of beer; they stagger while seeing prophetic visions, they totter while making legal decisions. 8 Indeed, all the tables are covered with vomit; no place is untouched.
E5 The same command is given for church leaders and for the same reasons: Titus 1:7 NRSV For a bishop, as God’s steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or addicted to wine or violent or greedy for gain.
E6 Judgment is destroyed. Prudence is lost: Proverbs 20:1 NLT Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
C4 Some thoughts
D1 Some can use wine without problem, many cannot.
D2 Think, seek counsel, and act wisely. God is watching.
C5 Questions:
D1 What are some uses of wine and other alcohol?
D2 What are some prohibitions on using alcohol?
D3 When is alcohol forbidden? Why?
1 Timothy 5:23
25 July 20
Posted by Choco at 08:16
Labels: Epistle of 1 Timothy, Alcohol, Christians and alcohol and wine


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