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Neither Wine or Strong Drink
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Egotism is nothing more then the antiseptic that dulls the pain of stupidity.  


"The commands of Jonadab the son of Rechab have been fulfilled: he charged his children not to drink wine, and to this day they have not drunk, in obedience to the charge of their ancestor. But although I have spoken to you persistently, you did not listen or obey ME." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 35. 14 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 


The Rechabites were greatly blessed because they fully obeyed the voice of their father, Jonadab: "Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites Thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD OF ISRAEL: 'Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father and kept all his commandments and done according to all that he enjoined upon you therefore thus says the LORD OF HOSTS, the GOD OF ISRAEL "there shall never cease to be a man of the line of Jonadab son of Rechab standing before ME." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 35. 18 - 19 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  Unfortunately this is not the actions of the nation Israel and the LORD GOD OF HOSTS declared that HE would "bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the disaster that I have pronounced against them; for I have spoken to them but they would not hear; I called to them but they would not respond." [Jeremiah (Yirmeyah) 35. 17 Tanakh, Nevi’im] 


The wisdom of the Proverbs records — "Wine is not for kings, O Lemuel; it is not for kings to drink, nor any strong drink for princes, lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted." And, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise." [Proverbs (Mishle) 31. 4 – 5; 20. 1 Tanakh, Kethuvim] 


The example of John the Baptizer is also worth considering, as the angel, Gabriel announced to Zacharias that he and his wife, Elizabeth would have a son and "many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the LORD, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, even from his mother's womb." [Luke 1. 14 - 16]  This shows that there is a connection between greatness and abstaining from wine and strong drink. The LORD Y’SHUA called John the greatest man who had ever lived — that is, greater than even Abraham, Moses, or Daniel! [see Matthew 11. 11] 


John was "filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, even from his mother's womb" and he is the only man of whom that was ever said. Again, there is definitely a connection, for no one could simultaneously drink wine or strong drink and also be filled with the SPIRIT OF THE LORD GOD. The Apostle Paul warned concerning this conflict when he said — "And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the SPIRIT." [Ephesians 5. 18] Here, being continually filled is implied. 


Drinking alcoholic in moderation may be permissible, however that does not make it right. Although Paul did urge Timothy to "no longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities" [1 Timothy 5. 23], he went on to write, "all things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." [1 Corinthians 6. 12] 


In both of John’s circumstances and the Rechabites being great in GOD’S sight and being filled with the HOLY SPIRIT were closely associated with abstinence from alcohol.  The choice is yours to personally consider. 


Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles! YOU
O FATHER in Heaven, YOU are our GUIDE even unto death. Grant us, I pray grace to follow YOU wherever YOU go.  In little daily duties to which YOU call us, bow down our wills to simple obedience, patience under pain or frustration, strict truthfulness of word and manner, humility, kindness; in great acts of duty or perfection, if YOU should call us to them, uplift us to self-sacrifice, heroic courage, laying down our life for YOUR Truth’s sake, or for a brother. Amen.  


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 



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