Wine in a Baptist Church

One for me, One for Me!Well, not really!  But this Sunday at Providence we will be looking at the first miracle Jesus does in John’s gospel–changing water to wine.  Or Welch’s grape juice as many of us were taught!

And why?  Because we know wine is of Satan!  True!  I found this Jewish Midrash (a story about scripture) that won’t make the sermon, but could have been written by some of my Baptist brethren!

Hope you enjoy it–along with a good glass of wine!

Once while Noah was hard at work, breaking the ground for a vineyard, Satan drew near and inquired what he was doing, “What are you planting?”

Noah: “A vineyard.”

Satan: “And what may be the qualities of its fruit?”

Noah: “The fruit it bears is sweet, be it dry or moist. It yields wine that gladdens the heart of man.”

Satan: “Let us go into partnership in this business of planting a vineyard.”

Noah: “Agreed.”
Satan thereupon slaughtered a lamb and then in succession a lion, a pig and monkey, and fertilized the soil with each in turn. Thus Satan conveyed to Noah the qualities of wine. If a man drinks one glass, he is as meek as a lamb; if he drinks two glasses, he is boastful and feels as strong as a lion; if he drinks three or four glasses, then behaves like a monkey, he dances around, sings, talks obscenely and does not know what he is doing; and if he becomes intoxicated, he resembles the pig.”

http://www.jhom.com/topics/wine/noah.htm#4

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