Twisted Tuesday – The Saddest Wedding Part III

Over the past couple weeks, with regards to the wedding we attended, I’ve discussed a couple disturbing twists of scripture. This last one was the most concerning to me, as the implications go far deeper than a negative out look on marriage, or disobedience to Gods Word. This is the wrongful handling of Gods Word.

Our brothers over at Semper Reformanda wrote an excellent post about how to rightly handle Gods Word. Something they said struck me, that we don’t like having our words misinterpreted, we shouldn’t misinterpret Gods Word either. The ‘pastor’ at the wedding read from the gospel of John chapter 2. She suggested this was a good verse because there was drinking, Jesus disobeying His mother, and a wedding. 


Two of the three are correct, there was a wedding, and there was wine. However, had Christ disobeyed His mother it would have been a sin, and He would not have been able to die for our sins. Christ lived a sinless life, for someone claiming to be a leader of the body of Christ to suggest otherwise sent a chill down my back. James’ warning not to let many be leaders came to mind. 


The wedding at Cana is significant, there’s enough in those few short verses to write ten posts on. I just want to point out the twisted part from the wedding, that Jesus said ‘Woman, what does that have to do with us?’ Somehow said to the officiator of the wedding that He was somehow disobeying His mother. The worst part of having a lack of context is missing beautiful moments like this. When Christ says ‘woman’ to Mary it’s not like our culture says it. In the Greek it’s a title of honor, not an insult from a disobedient son. 


This is why I exhort you always, beloved, to be careful not to twist Gods Word. Do you see the damage done, in front of a couple hundred guests, by the twisting of one verse? All those in the audience who already had it in their minds now can say ‘see, I knew Jesus didn’t live a sinless life’. We have to handle Gods Word accurately, whether we’re pastors, elders, or layman. If God handed you a piece of treasure, a beautiful gem, and asked you to care for it, would you? Would you toss it in the corner? Would you lose it, sell it? (Don’t be silly, if God came to you in your human form you’d melt under the pressure of His majesty and glory.) God has given us a greater treasure then any gem, His Word. We need to handle it with care, purposing to make no misinterpretations. 


It’s easy to use verses to help you in your argument, but please brethren, take the time to make sure the verse your using is in the proper context. For example, did you know the Bible says there is no God? That’s right, plan as day, for all the world to see in Psalms 10:4, 14:1, and 53:1. Ok, that’s an extreme example, but I hope it’s one you’ll remember, friends. I implore you, be good Berean’s, and study to show yourselves approved. 

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

10 thoughts on “Twisted Tuesday – The Saddest Wedding Part III”

  1. Sister, It’s so ridiculous that a “minister” would suggest Jesus disobeyed His mother. Ah, John 2. So many interpretations of the Wedding at Cana passage. As you say, Jesus surely never dishonored his mother, but he declines her request and then goes ahead and does it anyway? A puzzle. J. Vernon McGee had an interesting commentary on this passage. He states that Mary had long suffered the stigma of being an adulteress and was eagerly anticipating the day when Jesus would clear her name, She saw the shortage of wine as an opportunity for Jesus to reveal exactly who He was to the public with a miracle and finally exonerate her. Jesus of course did change the water to wine, but it was not a stage show as Mary had hoped for. He would ultimately reveal who He was to the masses through His death and resurrection, the “hour” He was referring to. Interesting interpretation and I kind of like it.

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    1. That is an awesome interpretation, and it makes a lot of sense! Especially in light of the Pharisees later comments, how they ‘knew who there father was’ as if Jesus didn’t. It’s hard to remember just how human Mary was. I can’t imagine the pain it must have caused her, knowing what she knew about Jesus but not being able to convince anyone else. There’s a certain beauty to the kindness God showed her, when He revealed the truth to Joseph. She wasn’t all alone, her husband knew the truth as well. There have been times in my marriage where I was wrongly accused with no way to exonerate myself. It was such a comfort that my husband knew the truth.

      I had always assumed He meant He wasn’t ready to leave the wedding yet, I’ve just been focusing on the containers for purification this whole time! It really adds another aspect to the chapter to consider Mary’s side of things. I think it might have been a whole week since I’ve reminded you what a blessing you are brother, your such a blessing!

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      1. RE: Especially in light of the Pharisees later comments, how they ‘knew who there father was’ as if Jesus didn’t.

        Yup, most newer believers wouldn’t have realized the significance of this passage so quickly, which implies that Jesus (and Mary) was stigmatized. To be wrongly accused for 30 years had to be such a tremendous burden for Mary in that culture.

        Thanks soooo much, sister! You’re a blessing to me as well! The Lord provides wonderful encouragement and admonishment through our spiritual family.

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  2. //We have to handle Gods Word accurately, whether we’re pastors, elders, or layman//

    This is so true. We live in times where people do what ever they wish with the Bible. But God’s children must shudder at mishandling God’s word for in it lies the salvation of sinners.

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    1. Yes, brother, I agree with you! It should be very grievous to us when we see the Word mishandled. We live in a time very similar to the time of the Judges, everyone is doing what’s right in their own eyes. God bless you, brother!

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  3. ” (Don’t be silly, if God came to you in your human form you’d melt under the pressure of His majesty and glory.)” Did you mean “his human form”? Because that would apparently be Jesus and I don’t recall many people in the Bible melting. If you did mean “your human form”, then I’d still be wanting verses that say that God did this and people melted. This is a post about misusing verses, of course.

    I concede to you that “Woman” can be a term of endearment, but Jesus still comes across as incredibly arrogant. Imagine, his mother walks up to Jesus to say they’ve run out of wine and he says “not our problem; I haven’t been resurrected yet”.

    Question: does this wedding occur before or after the water into wine/ feed 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish? Because if it occurred after, then it would seem that his reputation preceded him and his mom was looking for him to help them out with their wine shortage and he didn’t perform the miracle again. Yes, we can argue about Jesus not being a performing monkey, but let’s keep in mind that his response WASN’T a kind and simple “this is isn’t the proper time and place for such miracles”, but “This isn’t my problem”. The fact that he was saying this to his mother shows something particularly sketchy because SHE wouldn’t question his authenticity by such an answer (unlike most people who are dubious of “miracle workers” who can ONLY perform on their own schedule (because they have to prep the scene)).

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    1. Good morning Catherine. I’m so glad you asked, I should have added what scripture I was quoted in regards to Gods glory. It’s an Old Testament reference to Exodus 33:20-23. In regards to Christ and His human form, I think Philippians 2:6 is a very beautiful, helpful verse to understand. Christ was God made flesh, He became man as was planned from the garden of Eden. His life fulfilled more Old Testament prophecies then is mathematical comprehensible, including the one spoken at the beginning of sin. He became man, lived a perfect life, was beaten beyond recognition of humanity, made to carry His own cross, nailed too it, taking on our punishment for sin upon Himself. This was the great lengths He went to, to redeem mankind from our sin. You see, as we read in Exodus, man can’t look upon God and live. Something changed then, because He use to walk in the garden with Adam and Eve. God didn’t change, He’s the same yesterday, today, and always. Man fell, sin cast mankind out of the garden. We still sin against God, like Adam and Eve did. That sin against a thrice holy God builds up a debt of wrath. A sin debt you and I couldn’t pay even if we wanted too. But or sinful, wicked hearts don’t want to pay it, we want our sin. To save us from that debt, Christ bore it. An innocent man went to the cross so sinful man could be redeemed. The moment I repented of my sins and put my faith in Christ alone, God gave me a new heart. The sin I use to love, I know hate. Prayer, fellowship, study and devotional time in Gods Word, I use to hate and now I love. What love is this? That while we were yet sinners Christ died for us! I beg you, again Catherine, look at how much you don’t know about the Bible. Your eternity depends on this, please consider looking into this. Surely your eternity is worth a read through one book?

      In regards to Christ calling Mary ‘Woman’ I must not have been specific enough. The actual word in Greek was a title of honor. As if He were saying ‘The Woman’. He’s not saying ‘it’s not my problem’ He is saying that it wasn’t time for His public ministry. If you read the chapter you’ll notice she didn’t hesitate, she went immediately to the servants and told them to do whatever He said. Whatever context we might be missing from the translation can be clearly seen in her reaction.

      To answer your question, the wedding at Cana was the water to wine moment. That’s what I meant when I said I could really do ten posts on this one chapter. John actually states that it was His first miracle which is why only His disciples saw what had happened and believed on Him.

      In regards to His reputation, and again I say what an excellent question! Sometimes you really make my day, Catherine, because you ask such interesting questions. Christ’s reputation, especially in regards to Mary, would have preceded His miracles. An angel of the Lord, Gabriel who is always seen making messianic announcements, came to her and told her what was going to happen. So she’s spent the last 30 years waiting for His public ministry to begin. She would have known all the Old Testament prophecies about Him, so she certainly would have been aware.

      I want to quickly address the charlatans you mentioned at the end of your comment. Really this is for anyone who reads this, hopefully it will speak powerfully to the charismatics out there. These ‘miracle workers’ you mentioned, Catherine they don’t believe the Bible anymore than you do. They found a way to prey on scared, hurting, sometimes dying people, to make a quick paycheck. There’s a reason you never see those guys in hospitals. Christ’s ministry was nothing like these wolves in sheep clothing. He met people on the streets, in houses, in graves, and in the synagog. He never put up a tent and had His disciples check folks before they were allowed on stage. Christ’s miracles were to demonstrate Himself as the Messiah. His disciples miracles were meant to give there writing authority. The canon is closed, the Messiah has ascended, there’s no more need for men to walk around healing like they did in the New Testament. God can heal, if it’s within His sovereign purpose.

      Thanks again for your questions Catherine!

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