John 2:9-11; Exodus 7:20 – Law and Grace

John 2:9-11
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

Exodus 7:20
And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

-Notice the difference between the first miracle of Moses and the first miracle of Jesus Christ.  Moses used God’s power to turn the water into blood to bring humility and suffering to Pharaoh and his men; Jesus turned the water into wine so that those at the wedding feast would have joy (in scripture, wine is symbolic of joy).  Despite Moses’ many triumphs as God’s man, this shows his limitation as the Old Testament lawgiver.  “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”  (John 1:17)  The lawgiver can punish man’s sin, but only the Grace-giver can truly bring joy to those who have sinned.


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