Kings And Alcohol

In the Holy Bible, we can find a great amount of verses where drunkeness is considered bad and sinful.

(Proverbs 23:20-21Isaiah 5:11Isaiah 5:22Romans 13:13Galatians 5:19-251 Corinthians 5:111 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Some people might think that social drinking is acceptable for sons and daughters of God. Let’s look closer at the Scriptures.

We know that Jesus-Christ turned water into wine during Cana’s wedding. (John 2)

However, Jesus never drank wine.

  1. At the last supper, he drank the “fruit of the vine” which is grape juice. (Matthew 26:26-29)
  2. On the cross, Romans offered him mixed wine, but he did not drink it. (Matthew 27 :33-34Mark 15 :23)

In the Old Testament, Aaron and his sons (priests) were strictly forbidden from drinking alcohol before going into the tabernacle where God was present.

“Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: [it shall be] a statute for ever throughout your generations.” (Leviticus 10:9)

With the advent of Christ, we, sons and daughters of God who live righteously, became the tabernacle where the Word of God can live. (Galatians 2:20)

16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

(1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Now being the temple of the most high God and knowing that he never changes, it is evident that we cannot drink alcohol. (Malachi 3:6)

Moreover, through Jesus-Christ, sons and daughters of God become kings and queens.

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:6)

In Proverbs 31, the mother of the king Lemuel was inspired by the spirit of God to teach him about alcohol. She explained that wine is not for kings, nor princes because they can forget the law and make bad decisions.

She finishes by saying:

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. (Proverbs 31:6)

Thank you Jesus that we are now tabernacles of God, Kings and Priests knowing that we are filled with the Spirit and, not with wine and strong drink. (Ephesians 5:18)

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2 comments

  1. Really well written, and I totally agree with you! I’ve never had a drink (having received Jesus as my Savior at age 12), but when people try to pressure me to try, I just smile and say, “If Jesus offers me wine in heaven, then I’ll accept it. But, I bet if he does, it won’t be alcoholic!” So many people have been hurt by alcohol (I’ve read 1 in 4 people report being negatively impacted by alcohol) that I can’t imagine ever wanting it or offering it. Besides all that, devout Muslims and Buddhists don’t drink, and I assume drinking would be a “stumbling block” to many people from different faiths. Thanks for writing this! God bless you!

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