Alcohol

Scripture has much to say about alcoholic beverages. Some of it is not what you might expect it to say. Most references are to wine, but wine in Biblical times was much stronger in alcoholic content than most wine is today. It was definitely considered "strong drink".

Throughout these references (and there are others) it's plain that alcohol was not forbidden in most cases. The exceptions to this were generally involved in acts of worship before YAHWEH. In fact, in many cases some alcohol use was actually encouraged. It was apparently normal for it to be used at times of joy and celebration.

But there was appropriate use and inappropriate use. Too much wine often led to very serious problems for those involved. It "confused the mind" enough to allow people to do some very unwise things, even some very offensive things, to or with others.

When used in moderation, properly, it has its place. Scripture is clear about this. But when it's abused through over-indulgence it becomes a very serious problem. This is true of many of the things YAHWEH provides for us. Always, we are encouraged to be good stewards of His gifts, and this means wise and appropriate use.

Here's what Scripture says on the subject of alcohol:

Genesis 9:21:  And he drank of the wine, and was drunk; and he was uncovered within his tent.

Genesis 14:18 And Melchi-Zedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of (el elyown) The Most High God.

Genesis 19:32:  Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him and cause the seed of our father to live." 33 And they caused their father himself to drink wine that very night. And the firstborn went in and laid down with her father himself.  And he did not perceive when she laid down or when she arose. 34 And it was the next day. And the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold! I laid down with my father himself last night. Let us cause him to drink wine tonight also. And you go in to lie with him. And we will keep alive the seed of our father.” 35 And they caused their father himself to drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and laid with him. And he did not perceive when she laid down or when she arose. 

Genesis 27:25:  And he said, Come near to me, and I will eat of my son’s game in order that my life blesses you. And he brought it near to him, and he ate. And he brought him wine, and he drank.

Leviticus 10:9: Wine and intoxicant 
you yourself  את are not to drink, 
nor your sons themselves,  את
you yourself
,  את
as you go into The Tent of Appointment 
and be killed. 
A rule forever, throughout your generations.

Numbers 18:12: All your choicest oil, 
and all your choicest wine and grain, 
the premier part that they give to
YAHWEH
to you I have given it.

Deuteronomy 7:13 : And He will love you. 
And He will bless you. 
And He will increase you. 
And He will bless the fruit of your womb 
and the fruit of your land, 
your grain, and your new wine, and your oil, 
the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock 
in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give to you.

Deuteronomy 11:14 : then I will give to you 
the rain for your land in its season, 
the early rain and the latter rain. 
And you will gather in your grain, 
and your new wine, and your oil.

Deuteronomy 12:17:  You are not allowed to eat within your gates 
the tithe of your grain, 
or of your new wine, 
or of your oil, 
or of the firstlings 
of your herds or your flocks, 
or of any of your promise offerings which you promise, 
or of your spontaneous offerings, 
or of the elevated gifts of your hands. 

Instead, you are to eat them 
before the face of
YAHWEH, your Elohim, 
in the place which
YAHWEH, your Elohim, chooses, 
you yourself  את and your son, and your daughter, 
and your male slave, and your female slave, 
and the Levite who is within your gates. 
And you are to rejoice 
before the face of
YAHWEH, your Elohim, 
in all that you put forth your hands to.

1 Chronicles 9:29 : Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.

2 Chronicles 31:5:  And as soon as the direction came forth the children of Yisra’el brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.

Nehemiah 13:15:  In those days I saw in Yahudah some treading wine presses on The Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on The Sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold food.

Psalms 75:8When the cup is in the hand of YAHWEH
then the wine will foam, the full mixture.
And He will cause this to be poured out.
All the morally wrong of the earth will drink it to the dregs!

Psalms 104:15:  ...and wine.
It gladdens the heart of a mortal.

Proverbs 4.14-16: Do not enter into the path of the morally wrong!
And do not go forward on the way of evil!
Prov. 4:15 Expose it!
Do not pass over on it!
Turn aside from upon it and pass by!
Prov. 4:16 Indeed, they will not sleep
unless they have caused something bad.
And their sleep is taken away
unless they cause someone to fall.

Proverbs 20:1: The wine is a mocker 
Roaring
is of strong drink.
And everyone being deceived by it is not wise.

Proverbs 21:17:  A man of poverty 
will be one loving pleasure.
One loving wine and oil will not be rich.

Proverbs 23:29-30:  Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions?
Who has complaints?
Who has injuries without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
Prov. 23:30
it is to those staying long over wine,
to those going to search out mixed wine.

Proverbs 31:4-7:  It is not for kings, Lemu’el,
it is not for kings to drink wine,
nor for princes to desire strong drink,
Prov. 31:5 lest they drink
and forget what has been decreed,
and alter the judgment
of all the sons of the afflicted.
Prov. 31:6 Give strong drink to one who is perishing,
and wine to those bitter of life.
Prov. 31:7 He will drink.
And he will forget his poverty.
And his misery he will remember no more.

Isaiah 5:11-12: Woe to those rising early in the morning
to pursue strong drink, who remain late at night.
Wine inflames them!
5:12 And lyre and harp,
tambourine and flute, and wine
are in their banquets
but the actions of
YAHWEH themselves את
they do not look upon intently. 
And the workmanship of His hands 
they do not observe.

Isaiah 28:7:  And these also have gone astray with wine 
and with strong drink they have wandered away. 
Priest and prophet have wandered away with strong drink. They have been swallowed up by wine. 
They wander away by strong drink. 
They have gone astray in vision. 
They have stumbled in judicial decisions.

Hosea 4:11:  Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

Romans 14:21:  It is not good to eat meat nor to drink wine nor to do anything by which your brother is tripped up or is entrapped or is made weak.

Ephesians 5:18:  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but instead, be filled with the Divine Nature of YAHWEH... 

Titus 2:3:  Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of what is right...
These references give you a basis with which to deal with the issues related to alcohol usage.
Ask YAHWEH to guide your decisions in this area.


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