It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: (Prov 31:4)
The Lord lead me to teach on this subject today. I realize that this is a very controversial subject matter with many good, decent and spirit-filled Christians who love God. Every time this subject is brought up, they would argue that it is not a sin to drink. There has been many prominent, well known TV preachers who have stated that it is not a sin to drink. It is rare to find this subject even brought up in the churches. The bottom line is what does God’s word has to say about this? This lack of knowledge has crept into the churches to the point that some communion services have been celebrated with alcoholic wine. This is a serious distortion of the word. Friends, mixture has crept into the church and now it is time to address it with God’s word.
If we look at the above verse (Prov 31:4), this is talking about drinking wine and this is addressed to kings. At first sight, many would believe that it refers to our political leaders but I want to go beyond that. The word calls us kings and priests. (Rev 1:6) Proverbs 31:4 should end all arguments and contentions on the subject of drinking–We are kings and have no business drinking wine. Solomon calls wine a mocker (Prov 20:1) When our Lord Jesus changed the water into wine, many believe that it was alcoholic but it was not.(1) Can you imagine if Solomon was alive in Jesus time? He would have tapped him into the shoulder and whispered—Master, Wine is a mocker. No, a thousand times, no! A clue to this is in the following verse below—
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.(John 2:10)
Notice what the ruler of the feast said—“Thou hast kept the good wine until now” If you study Biblical history, there were two sets of wine—The new wine and the old wine.(Matt 9:17, Luke 5:39) The new wine was made out of fresh grapes. The old wine was made of fermented grapes and turned into alcohol. The ruler called the wine good (New). How dare would anyone say Jesus turned the water into alcoholic wine? Again, this is a serious distortion of scripture.
There are many sipping saints in the body today that needs to hear this teaching. I, myself, was a sipping saint until the Lord opened my eyes. So, today, do a study on this subject. If you are a sipping saint or know one who is, this teaching is for you. I have enclosed a detailed link with some background historical settings along with some Hebrews and Greek definitions. My prayer is that it will open your eyes and set you free..God bless.
Bible verses courtesy of www.biblegateway.com
(1) Biblical reading–John 2:1-11