Appetite—the word itself is only found four times in scripture, but the subject matter is covered using a wide variety of terminology; this particular study focuses upon partaking of or abstaining from alcoholic beverages
Interesting fact: Multitudes of people have been deceived into thinking that Jesus turned water into fermented wine (John 2:1-11). However, for the Lord to have done so would have been to place Himself under the “Woe” of Habakkuk 2:15 which states, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also…” Furthermore, this would mean that the Lord Jesus, contrary to scripture, willingly tempted men with evil (James 1:13). Additionally, the context and record of the event proves that the wine was an unfermented product. Those at the wedding had drunk all the wine until there was no wine left and yet their taste buds remained intact to note the superiority of that which the Saviour had made (John 2:10).
Bible study tip: Some have wrongfully suggested that Jesus could not drink wine because He was a Nazarite. Though it is certain that Jesus did not drink fermented wine, He could have partaken of unfermented wine. Additionally, every Bible student should note the distinct difference between a Nazarene—one born in Nazareth (Matthew 2:23) and a Nazarite—one who takes the God-ordained vow recorded in Numbers 6:2-3. Jesus was a Nazarene by birth, but there exists no record of Him ever taking the vow of the Nazarite.
Sunday, Day 36—Church Day (no devotional)
Monday, Day 37—Deceived by Wine
Tuesday, Day 38—Be Not Drunk, but Be Filled
Wednesday, Day 39—Church Night (no devotional)
Thursday, Day 40—Tarrying Long at the Wine
Friday, Day 41—Stumbling in Judgment
Saturday, Day 42—A Little Wine for Thy Stomach’s Sake
Day 36: Church Day
Habakkuk 2:15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!