Yesterday at church we looked at the area of alcohol. I want to briefly overview that today before dissecting Ephesians 5:15-18 for the rest of our devotions this week.
What does the Bible say about alcohol?
In the Old Testament there are seeming contradictions about the use of alcohol.
In Leviticus 10 we read: 8 Then the Lord said to Aaron, 9 ‘You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,
In Numbers 6 we read of the Nazirite vow: they must give up wine and other alcoholic drinks. They must not use vinegar made from wine or from other alcoholic drinks, they must not drink fresh grape juice, and they must not eat grapes or raisins.
But then Ecclesiastes 9:7 says: So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!Amos 9:14 discusses drinking wine from your own vineyard as a sign of God’s blessing.
For the intrepid Bible scholars among you, consider how you might reconcile and interpret these old testament verses?
It is, however, very clear throughout the Old and New Testament that the Bible prohibits drunkenness.
Ephesians 5:18: do not get drunk on wine
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
The Bible condemns drunkenness and its effects (Proverbs 23:29-35). Christians are also commanded to not allow their bodies to be “mastered” by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12; 2 Peter 2:19).
Following on from yesterday I’d encourage you ask God to show you any areas of your life where you are mastered by anything other than God. It might be alcohol but equally it could be anything that topples God from the place of honour in our lives.
This week we’re going to look the context of our key verse: do not get drunk as a way of exploring what our behaviour as believers should be like.