Woman, What Does Your Concern Have To Do With Me?
“Woman, What Does Your Concern Have To Do With Me?” (John 2:4) Is this any way for a son to talk to their mother? On the surface it would seem that Jesus was being disrespectful when He called His mother; “woman.” If I had called my mother, “woman” and said to her, “What does your concern have to do with me?” She would have slapped me so hard I would of woke up in the middle of the next week. My mother would not tolerate her children being disrespectful to her or to anyone else. And as a result of her firm stand on respect, I find I feel the same way and will not tolerate disrespect from my children. At first read this comment by Jesus would appear to be a disrespectful remark, but when we take a closer look at His reply; we will see it was actually a teaching question rather than a disrespectful remark to help His mother understand what would be taking place later in the lives of all believers after He had risen from the dead and assumed His rightful position beside His Father upon His throne.
Now lets look at what prompted this question by Jesus before we delve into the story as told by the Apostle John who was present when the event took place. [John 2:1-12] “On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it,” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.”
Up until this time Jesus had not performed one miracle in front of other people, but His mother knew He was fully capable as shown by her statement to Him, “They have no wine.” The statement was more of a request for a solution to the problem than an informational statement, and from the manner in which it was posed to Jesus she believed He could do something about the situation as related in her instruction to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Not having enough wine to complete the wedding feast was an embarrassing problem for the bridegroom who was a friend of both Jesus and His mother. Though the wine shortage was a problem created by the bridegroom; his error in judgment was not a problem God normally gets involved in. It is as if the mother of Jesus was embarrassed for the bridegroom and was interceding for him to Her son to do something about his problem. In His question, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with me?” Jesus is actually outlining for us the role God plays in the affairs of men. God is well aware of what our daily lives consists of, but He usually only gets involved in matters concerning our spiritual welfare and doesn’t interfere in the affairs of men that man should have had the foresight to have taken care of themselves. That is not to say He will not get involved in them as shown in the above story, but man has a responsibility to take care of the things in his everyday life that he can, and our Heavenly Father takes care of the things we can’t. We, and God, are a partnership. He does for us the things we can’t do ourselves, and we do the things for Him He can’t do or has prevented Himself from doing. Here is one example of what God will not do. He will not preach His gospel to mankind as long as He has a man on the earth to do it. We are the hands, feet, and mouth of God on the earth; and we have been given the responsibility of preaching His gospel to all the world and making disciples of them. [Matthew chapter twenty-eight] If we do not preach His gospel, it will not be preached; and man will be held accountable for his failure to do as God has instructed him. Example number two: Man cannot see into the spiritual realm with our natural eyes; so we are to pray and believe that God is working in our behalf in the realm we cannot see into. Our faith is suppose to be in the Word of God that tells us He is taking care of things in the spiritual realm that safeguards the welfare of His man. For example: His Word tells us to give gifts and offerings to help the poor of this world. And if we could see into the spiritual realm we would be able to see the good our gifts and offerings are doing for the poor. Also if we could see into that realm we would see God at work manipulating events in the spiritual realm fulfilling His promises.
Now back to our story of Jesus turning water into wine. The first thought that came into my mind upon the completion of my reading of this story was the ability Jesus possessed to manipulate and change His surroundings so it benefited mankind. Jesus is referred to in scripture as the second Adam or last Adam, [1 Corinthians 15:47] so if Adam had the same ability as Jesus, and he did, can you imagine the power and ability Adam possessed before he sinned and was separated from God? There wasn’t anything in the earthly realm that was not under Adam’s control; [Genesis 1:26-28] and he could change the consistency of anything he didn’t like without lifting a finger to physically change it. Like Jesus demonstrated time and again, Adam could simply speak what he wanted to happen and it would happen just as Jesus demonstrated in this story. The servants in the story who filled the waterpots with water were only a part of the story to show us the cooperation that is needed by each party concerned for a miracle to take place. Jesus could have just as easily commanded the water to come out of the well and fill the waterpots and the water would have come out of the well and filled the waterpots. He didn’t need the assistance of the servants in the story who filled the waterpots to do what He was going to do for the bridegroom, but He used the servants to illustrate that man in His fallen condition is required to fulfill a particular role in supernatural developments on earth. Jesus controlled the wind, the sea, the fish in the sea, demons, commanded Satan to depart from Him, changed water into wine, walked on the water, healed the sick, raised the dead, and did all this as a man. He did not do any of these things as God, but as man to demonstrate the power of a man who is joined to God by the Holy Spirit within man. Adam possessed this same power and ability and could have done everything that Jesus did if it would have been necessary for him to do so, but he lost this ability when his sin separated him from God. The second reason Jesus did what He did was to show men what man would be able to do in the future after they turned away from their sin, submitted themselves to the Lord, received their new regenerated spirit, and the Holy Spirit of God came once again to live in them. So it is entirely possible for every child of God to do everything Jesus did in the bible, if they know and understand that God is working with them when the need arises. This also is illustrated in the Book of Acts, where the sick are healed, the dead are raised, the deaf receive their hearing, the blind receive their sight, demons are cast out, and the cripples were made whole by the disciples of Christ after His death, burial, and resurrection. Many of these same feats were also performed by the disciples of Jesus prior to His death [Matthew chapter 10] including Peter stepping out of a boat and walking on the water to go to Jesus, and walking back to the boat with Jesus after his faith failed him for a short time. [Matthew 14:28-33]
We should understand there are no wasted words or stories in the scriptures. Every word and every story has a spiritual revelation attached to it. We oftentimes speak things that makes sense to man in the natural realm, but those same words have spiritual significance that we do not always understand. For example; the comments the master of the feast made to the bridegroom, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” Here the master of the feast was relating to the bridegroom what he saw with his eyes and what he understood with his natural mind concerning wedding feast, but what he said to the bridegroom is also a description of three time periods in the history of mankind. The time periods are; the good wine at the beginning, the second is the inferior wine after everyone is drunk, and the third, the good wine was kept until last. The first time period, the good wine at the beginning was between the time God created Adam and breathed the breath of life into him filling him with power and glory, up until his fall. The time period of the inferior wine was after the fall of man and until the time Jesus, the Son of God, came into the earth. And the third time period of the good wine kept until last, began upon the ascension of Christ Jesus into heaven where He seated Himself at the right hand of His Father, and the power and glory of God was returned to man when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit came upon him in the upper room filling him with power just as He had been in the beginning. When Jesus said to His mother, ““What does your concern have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” He was telling His mother what would take place at a later date after He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world. At that time the request she was making would be fulfilled; and the new wine of the Lord (the Holy Ghost) would be poured out upon redeemed man and the children of God would take of that wine and share it with the world. (The wedding guest as portrayed in this story.) As evidenced in [Acts 2:13] shortly after the disciples of Jesus in the upper room were baptized in the Holy Spirit, the crowd heard them speaking with ‘New Tongues’ in their own languages signifying a new thing had taken place in the lives of the disciples of the Lord. [Acts 2:13] “Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” These men did not know how right they were. But it wasn’t the wine of the vine they were talking about, but the out pouring of the Holy Spirit (The Best Wine that was saved for later.) in and upon God’s children empowering them with God’s ability to do the same things Adam and Jesus had the power to do. God Bless, and have a Wonderful Day in the Lord. DThrash
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