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Click here for today’s reading: Isaiah 63, 64; Psalms 107; John 2
Here is my SOAP for today, Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Isaiah 63 God’s day of vengeance and redemption
Isaiah 64:2 “come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! 3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. 5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.
Psalms 107:19 “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”
John 2:5 “His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 “Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
That’s a lot of wine… 120-180 GALLONS! Most weddings I do have 120-150 people if they are formal. Informal, back yard weddings maybe half that. It’s not like it was 120 bottles… 120 gallons! (And the cost of that much wine would have been pretty costly, too.)
I love how extravagant of a gift that was. A simple act, meeting a need, helped them save face with their guests… and it was GOOD wine. “You have saved the best till now.” The master of the banquet was impressed…
Most of the time people quote this verse, “but you have saved the best for last” but it clearly states, “You have saved the best till now.” God is a God of now. He is, “I am!” (Now).