Whatever

Thanks for sharing what you’re learning in John people! It’s great that we’re reading the same text and yet hearing God giving us different briefs for our day! Please keep sharing when you can. For those just checking in, click here to see get our week’s readings from the gospel of John.

 Okay, a disclaimer is important here. I don’t promise to blog every day! But for now I’m on a roll so why not? Thanks for the prayers. Yesterday went well and it was great introducing the Mavuno Downtown team and our new interns to the rest of the Mavuno staff team. Introductions took a couple of hours! Is it easier leading the Mavuno staff than a business team? Yes and no. Everyone being a Christian certainly helps. But unfortunately (!), we’re all human beings; people with issues and mixed motives, who need God’s help, just like anyone else. Add this to the fact that when you work in a church, your work supervisor also happens to be your pastor. So if you have issues with your boss…. One of my most fervent prayers for this large team is that we will work well together. That each of us like John the Baptist would put the mission first, without worrying about who gets the credit. And that God will give us much love for each other.

 John 2:1-11 is a passage I have preached from often, so I asked God to give me fresh ears so that I would hear His voice, and not my own thinking. The word that stood out for me is when Mary tells the servants in v.5, ‘do whatever He tells you’. Why her choice of words? Did she suspect Jesus would ask them to do something unorthodox? If so, she was right. Filling up six 30 gallon jars of water takes time. Not the kind of distraction you want when you’re facing a critical wine shortage at your boss’s party that could embarrass him greatly. And maybe get you fired!

 And yet the servants obeyed anyway, despite their probably not fully understanding. And the result was not a temporary solution – a few bottles of wine for the high table, which might have been what the servants had thought realistic. Instead it was enough wine to keep the party going for days (which is how long wedding celebrations took back then)!

 Lord, today and this year, even when the stakes are high, please help me prioritize listening to you. Please speak to me clearly. And when I hear you, may I do whatever you tell me, even though it doesn’t make sense to me at the time. And even when it does not seem to be the safe thing to do. AMEN 

 Have a connected day!

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11 responses to “Whatever

  1. Hey, Pastor M. thanks for blogging daily…so far!
    well for me the last verse in today’s reading struck me most. vs 11 “this is the fist of his miraculous signs Jesus performed at Cana Galilee. He thus revealed His glory and His disciples put their faith in Him”. i was like wow, and i thought of the various miraculous situations God has shown Himself strong in my life , i was reminded to put all my faith, trust and situations in Him. like Mary says “do whatever He tells you” because He knows better. so despite the circumstance, do whatever He tells you, He knows whats best for you and can resolve any situation. be blessed today.

  2. True true Pastor M not to mention that it was difficult to get water in that desert land. It brings to mind the song ‘Mary did you know?’for me. And yes….. I think she knew that He was the great I am and hence her action.

    Yes the wine was enough to keep the party going and shut the bridegroom up, I noticed (found it funny) that the groom gave no response when the MC asked how come he kept the best wine for last lol!

    Believing that He knows the way is certainly hard because I love to be in control of things, but this action by Jesus especially helps me realize that though things do not go the way I had envisioned them, God is in control and He knows the way therefore I just need to stay plugged and I shan’t lose the way… certainly easier said than done but its by the Spirit of the Lord that it is done.
    Baraka tele!

    PS Better be on a roll Pastor M there are things one starts and lets just say an exit strategy is kinda hard! But am sure the master of strategy already knows that lol!

  3. Hi Pst M, thanks for posting and I totally relate to the disclaimer. No pressure. Who knows you might actually make it to post something daily, no matter the length?

    What stands out for me is that this miracle required action from others and they had to obey to the letter for it to happen. What a weird recipe to producing good wine.. No grapes involved; and even better for us in the ‘microwave generation’ it was chapchap.. Further, it was only manifested at the end. What a risk it was to serve the MASTER of the banquet not knowing what the outcome would be. It required obedience, diligence and trust.

    May I understand that for miracles to happen to me today I have a part to play. I need to do whatever God asks me to – follow the recipe diligently – even if it does not have all the ingredients I expect. It may be hard work and will need me to walk in faith because the result may only be evident in the end. In Jesus Name. Amen

  4. Morning Pastor M., and everyone else.

    I see we’re learning quite a bit. I know I am. I actually had a question- why did Jesus in verse 4 say-

    “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My time has not yet come.”

    What did he mean by that? Was she bothering him with such a mundane request? or was he not feeling her vibes?

    I don’t want to assume, but it would be nice to know.

    ~K~

  5. I think I found my answer. I checked out Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary online. Wow!

    Now I also understand why Catholics pray through the Virgin Mary.. interesting.

    ~K~

  6. Hi guys. I am amazed at what you guys are writing. To be honest I didn’t really read the passage today. I actually just skimmed through it coz I thought I’d heard all there was to hear about this particular passage. Hearing what you guys have to say just goes to show that God always has something to say to us even from the most mundane things. I’ve learnt new things and tomorrow I will open my ears to really hear what God has to say coz I’m sure he does have something to say. Kangai, what was the answer you got to your question? I’m curious to know.

  7. Hi Pastor M,
    verse 11 struck me so hard;’This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.’ I realised that as believers we also need affirmation that Christ can perform miracles for us and so increasing our faith and trust in him as well as we have a testimony to those who do not believe.

  8. Hey Gogetter.

    This is what I found specifically for verse 4, copied from Matthew Henry’s commentary. I’ve identified my additions with- [my additions]**

    Disclaimer- this is quite a bit of reading…
    The rest of the explanation of this passage can be found here- http://www.ewordtoday.com/comments/john/mh/john2.htm

    ~K~

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    The mother of Jesus solicited him to assist her friends in this [ie- lack of wine]** strait. We are told (v. 3-5) what passed between Christ and his mother upon this occasion.

    (1.) She acquaints him with the difficulty they were in (v. 3): She saith unto him, They have no wine. Some think that she did not expect from him any miraculous supply (he having as yet wrought no miracle), but that she would have him make some decent excuse to the company, and make the best of it, to save the bridegroom’s reputation, and keep him in countenance; or (as Calvin suggests) would have him make up the want of wine with some holy profitable discourse. But, most probably, she looked for a miracle; for she knew he was now appearing as the great prophet, like unto Moses, who so often seasonably supplied the wants of Israel; and, though this was his first public miracle, perhaps he had sometimes relieved her and her husband in their low estate. The bridegroom might have sent out for more wine, but she was for going to the fountain-head. Note, [1.] We ought to be concerned for the wants and straits of our friends, and not seek our own things only. [2.] In our own and our friends’ straits it is our wisdom and duty to apply ourselves to Christ by prayer. [3.] In our addresses to Christ, we must not prescribe to him, but humbly spread our case before him, and then refer ourselves to him to do as he pleases.

    (2.) He gave her a reprimand for it, for he saw more amiss in it than we do, else he had not treated it thus.—Here is,

    [1.] The rebuke itself: Woman, what have I to do with thee? As many as Christ loves, he rebukes and chastens. He calls her woman, not mother. When we begin to be assuming, we should be reminded what we are, men and women, frail, foolish, and corrupt. The question, ti emoi kai soi, might be read, What is that to me and thee? What is it to us if they do want? But it is always as we render it, What have I to do with thee? as Judges 11:12; 2 Sa. 16:10; Ezra 4:3; Mt. 8:29. It therefore bespeaks a resentment, yet not at all inconsistent with the reverence and subjection which he paid to his mother, according to the fifth commandment (Lu. 2:51); for there was a time when it was Levi’s praise that he said to his father, I have not known him, Duet. 33:9. Now this was intended to be, First, A check to his mother for interposing in a matter which was the act of his Godhead, which had no dependence on her, and which she was not the mother of. Though, as man, he was David’s Son and hers; yet, as God, he was David’s Lord and hers, and he would have her know it. The greatest advancements must not make us forget ourselves and our place, nor the familiarity to which the covenant of grace admits us breed contempt. irreverence, or any kind or degree of presumption. Secondly, It was an instruction to others of his relations (many of whom were present here) that they must never expect him to have any regard to his kindred according to the flesh, in his working miracles, or that therein he should gratify them, who in this matter were no more to him than other people. In the things of God we must not know faces. Thirdly, It is a standing testimony against that idolatry which he foresaw his church would in after-ages sink into, in giving undue honours to the virgin Mary, a crime which the Roman catholics, as they call themselves, are notoriously guilty of, when they call her the queen of heaven, the salvation of the world, their mediatrix, their life and hope; not only depending upon her merit and intercession, but beseeching her to command her Son to do them good: Monstra te esse matrem—Show that thou art his mother. Jussu matris impera salvatori—Lay thy maternal commands on the Saviour. Does he not here expressly say, when a miracle was to be wrought, even in the days of his humiliation, and his mother did but tacitly hint an intercession, Woman, what have I to do with thee? This was plainly designed either to prevent or aggravate such gross idolatry, such horrid blasphemy. The Son of God is appointed our Advocate with the Father; but the mother of our Lord was never designed to be our advocate with the Son.

    [2.] The reason of this rebuke: Mine hour is not yet come. For every thing Christ did, and that was done to him, he had his hour, the fixed time and the fittest time, which was punctually observed. First, “Mine hour for working miracles is not yet come.” Yet afterwards he wrought this, before the hour, because he foresaw it would confirm the faith of his infant disciples (v. 11), which was the end of all his miracles: so that this was an earnest of the many miracles he would work when his hour was come. Secondly, “Mine hour of working miracles openly is not yet come; therefore do not talk of it thus publicly.” Thirdly, “It not the hour of my exemption from thy authority yet come, now that I have begun to act as a prophet?” So Gregory Nyssen. Fourthly, “Mine hour for working this miracle is not yet come.” His mother moved him to help them when the wine began to fail (so it may be read, v. 3), but his hour was not yet come till it was quite spent, and there was a total want; not only to prevent any suspicion of mixing some of the wine that was left with the water, but to teach us that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity to appear for the help and relief of his people. Then his hour is come when we are reduced to the utmost strait, and know not what to do. This encouraged those that waited for him to believe that though his hour was not yet come it would come. Note, The delays of mercy are not to be construed the denials of prayer. At the end it shall speak.

    (3.) Notwithstanding this, she encouraged herself with expectations that he would help her friends in this strait, for she bade the servants observe his orders, v. 5. [1.] She took the reproof very submissively, and did not reply to it. It is best not to deserve reproof from Christ, but next best to be meek and quiet under it, and to count it a kindness, Ps. 141:5. [2.] She kept her hope in Christ’s mercy, that he would yet grant her desire. When we come to God in Christ for any mercy, two things discourage us:—First, Sense of our own follies and infirmities “Surely such imperfect prayers as ours cannot speed.” Secondly, Sense of our Lord’s frowns and rebukes. Afflictions are continued, deliverances delayed, and God seems angry at our prayers. This was the case of the mother of our Lord here, and yet she encourages herself with hope that he will at length give in an answer of peace, to teach us to wrestle with God by faith and fervency in prayer, even when he seems in his providence to walk contrary to us. We must against hope believe in hope, Rom. 4:18. [3.] She directed the servants to have an eye to him immediately, and not to make their applications to her, as it is probable they had done. She quits all pretensions to an influence upon him, or intercession with him; let their souls wait only on him, Ps. 62:5. [4.] She directed them punctually to observe his orders, without disputing, or asking questions. Being conscious to herself of a fault in prescribing to him, she cautions the servants to take heed of the same fault, and to attend both his time and his way for supply: “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it, though you may think it ever so improper. If he saith, Give the guests water, when they call for wine, do it. If he saith, Pour out from the bottoms of the vessels that are spent, do it. He can make a few drops of wine multiply to so many draughts.” Note, Those that expect Christ’s favours must with an implicit obedience observe his orders. The way of duty is the way to mercy; and Christ’s methods must not be objected against.

  9. what came out so strongly to me, was the fact that those jars were used by the people to do their daily chores, meaning, they were not wine barrels, yet they gave out the best wine while barrels mature wines after so many years!.

    The lesson i learnt is that you dont have to have experince or to be old on the job, but once Gods favor is upon you, you will superceed those who have been there longer. Therefore, God qualifies the unqualified and they do exceedingly, abundantly above ALL they can pray or imagine

  10. Had quickly just gone thru before i started reading and had just noted you blogged daily and was wondering whether its a new year purpose then ofcourse i read the disclaimer..hehehehe

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