River Rock Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #9

 
John Lesson #9

 

John 2:1-7

 
 

 

1.     The Place of the Miracle.

Cana is 9 miles NE of Nazareth
 

 

2.     The Plea of His Mother.

She had come to trust Him. When we have a need in life, we should do what Mary did--turn to Jesus!

        a.     Turn to Jesus for financial needs.

        b.     Turn to Jesus for emotional needs.

        c.     Turn to Jesus for spiritual needs.

 

 

3.     The Participation of the Men.

Jesus required some things before actually performing this miracle. 

 

v. 5 We don't know why Mary got involved. Perhaps she was in charge of the refreshments. If so, then it was also her name on the line, and this embarrassing occurrence could have affected her and her family.

 

She says to the servants, See that guy over there? Whatever he says, just do it! Don't hesitate, don't pass go, don't collect 200 shekels of silver. She sounds like a very practical, make it happen kind of woman and so with a Nike 'swoosh' she hustles them out the door saying, Just do it! Follow His instructions!

 

 

"God rarely does for us the things which only He can do until we first do what we can do."

 

v. 6-7      Jesus didn't fill the pots Himself...though He certainly could have. I mean, He could have just cut out the middle man and gone straight to creating wine from nothing...He didn't need water to make it. He wasn't just adding wine concentrate! He wanted them to do what they could do first. THEY could not turn water into wine...but they could put water into pots!

 

Study the miracles of the Bible and you'll see that in almost every case the Lord requires the people to FIRST do what they can do, before He does what only HE can do.

 

ill.--the resurrection of Lazarus: He had been dead for 4 days. Jesus arrived on the scene.

John 11:38-39
38 ...It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.

Why not just speak to the stone and make it roll away? Why not just wave a hand, whisking it to the side. Wouldn't that have been a dramatic miracle? If He can raise a man from the dead, then moving the stone is easy.

 

It's the principle of human involvement and obedience. "I'm not gonna do it ALL for you!"

 

ill.--ever asked your spouse to get up off the couch and get you something from the kitchen? And they look at you like, "Are your legs broken?"

 

Want an OT example? How about Naaman the leper? God said if you will dip 7 times in the Jordan River I will heal you! It seemed silly to him...and didn't even make since since that is a filthy river. Good thing he obeyed...for he was made whole!

 

How about when Jesus took a little kid's happy meal and super sized it for 5,000+ people?

Matthew 14:17-18
17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

Was He too lazy to get it Himself? Did He really even need those 7 items in order to make thousands more items?

Matthew 14:19
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

Is this distribution really necessary? Couldn't He just 'fling' it into all their laps? Yes, He could. But that is something that THEY could do, so He doesn't go to that extreme.

 

Martin Collins: "Jesus shows us that God is pleased to use human instruments in performing the wonders of His grace. He did nothing in changing water to wine that was unnecessary for Him to do. The servants filled the vessels and took the wine to the master of the marriage feast. There was no reason for Christ to do this kind of work for them. Instead, He did what no one else could do. This principle applies to His work in us: He does not do things for us that we can do ourselves. Further, He will not perform miracles if they would destroy industriousness or encourage laziness and irresponsibility. Miracles do not excuse us from carrying out our responsibilities."

 

We spoke last week about finances. Some of us may need a miracle. You may be drowning in a debtor's prison which you built for yourself. But God cares about that as one of our needs, and He is all about meeting our needs. But does that mean He is supposed to take care of 100% of it through miraculous means? No! And not only does He not HAVE to do that...it is not His way until we show ourselves serious to doing what we can do.

 

"Just rescue us, Lord, and we will start tithing!" His response, "Start tithing, and we'll see what we can do!" [start working / be a better steward / form a budget]

 

Don't pray for a breakthrough until you are first obeying God in the areas you know you are supposed to be. 

 

No wonder the Bible says that faith without works is dead!

 

I have no problem at all with a person praying, "Dear Lord, please help my blood sugar problem." I'm simply saying don't be surprised if His first answer is, "Step away from the Krispy Kreme display case!"

 

God waits for us to do what we can do, before He steps in and does what only HE can do.

 

On the other hand, a person is tempted to say...

"Lord, help me meet someone, I'm lonely!" And in the meanwhile, I'll be looking in the bars, dressing provocatively, and embellishing my online profile, because after all, the preacher said for me to do what I can do. 

        Not! That's missing the point of obedience entirely.

 

God won't give us more light until we walk in the light He has already given to us. Why should He advance us in this life if we aren't living our life for Him. There's things we know we're supposed to do [or not do] but we haven't taken those steps.

 

We even pray some spiritual prayers that we need to rethink:

"Help my church to grow." Are you going on visitation?

"I pray for my co-worker to be saved." Have you opened YOUR mouth yet to them?

"Help me in my depression, and then I'll go to church more and serve you." No, go to church, and you'll find help for your depression.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

 

Filling waterpots may seem needless, but it is exactly what God wants you to do first. Fetching a little lad's lunch may seem silly, but God says it's the first step. Plunging into a filthy river in order to get clean may not even make good sense. But God's ways don't always make sense to us until after we obey. Rolling a stone may truly be difficult, but God won't ask you do it if you can't do it, and I hope you do, because entombed behind it is a miracle just waiting to happen. Buried there are some of your hopes and dreams that you thought were dead and gone but God wants to bring them to life if only you'll get serious about doing what you already know you're supposed to do!

 
Back to v. 5   
Biblical obedience is:
Immediate.
Complete.
 

Spurgeon: "Delayed obedience is disobedience."

Psalm 119:60
I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

Spurgeon continued, "Continued delay of obedience is sin...a continuous sin. If I do not obey a divine command I sin, and every moment that I continue in that condition I repeat the sin. This is a serious matter!"

 

We say, "I haven't obeyed yet." And we dignify it by saying we aren't at that level of maturity yet. Well, how do you get to that level of maturity? BY OBEYING!

 

ill.--it's trash day, and you tell your son to roll the cans to the curb. Hours go by, and then you hear the truck go by, you look out the window, and they pass you by because your cans aren't there. You ask your son, "Didn't I tell you to take out the trash? Why didn't you obey me?" He replies, "I'm going to obey, when I get a minute!" Is that obedience? And even if he does roll out the trash now, it's too late.

 

"Once I get some bills paid off I'm gonna start tithing."

"I need to get caught up on some projects and then I'm gonna start having a daily quiet time with God in His Word."

 

"I have good intentions...I just haven't obeyed YET."

 

Maybe God is calling you into full time Christian service. How many times have we heard the testimony from a preacher, "God dealt with me for many years before I finally surrendered." Don't make Him hit you over the head and you hit bottom before you look up. That's the low road. Take the high road of immediate obedience!

 
Immediate obedience...
 
Complete obedience.
 

"Incomplete obedience is disobedience."

Psalm 119:168
I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.

ill.--man wrote letter to the IRS: "I can't sleep. I cheated on my taxes. Please find enclosed $100. If I still can't sleep I'll send the rest!"

 
 

I am blown away as I ponder the thought of what God could do here if we ALL got the mindset to completely obey v. 5, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

 

What would our lives be like? How would our children turn out? How many souls would be saved? Where would these flags have to move? What would become of our finances? We would never be the same!

 

ill.-- In 331 B.C. Alexander the Great marched towards India with his armies. He had already conquered much of the known world, and he would stop at nothing to have it all. Alexander was a strong leader, and every soldier was willing to follow him, no matter what the cost.

They encountered some difficulty upon the arrival at a certain walled city alongside a cliff. As Alexander approached the great city, he peered up towards the King who stood firm upon the stone wall and shouted: "My name is Alexander the Great, and I demand you surrender immediately!" Laughing, the King asked, "Why should we surrender to you?" He then proceeded to explain how they outnumbered Alexander's troops, and they were more than prepared to defend the city.

In response, Alexander turned to 100 choice troops and commanded them to line up in perfect order facing the cliff. Each did so obediently in respect for their leader. Alexander then ordered them, "Forward, march." One by one they began marching toward the edge of the cliff. The first soldier stepped off the cliff and pummeled to his death, as did the second, third, fourth, all the way until the eleventh man.

When Alexander finally yelled, "HALT!", he gazed back at the King who was completely astonished by the obedience of the men-and the utter respect they had for Alexander. He surrendered immediately. The King surrendered because of the power of obedience!

 

"Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

 

"God rarely does for us the things which only He can do until we first do what we can do."