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On the surface, Solomon simply provides some sage advice about honey that one may happen upon unexpectedly. If you eat too much of it all at once, you'll get sick. So, enjoy your honey, but know your limits. Of course, by Solomon's time, honey had become a stock image for anything that was good and pleasurable. Thus, we might rephrase this proverb, as follows: The pleasures of this life should be enjoyed in moderation, because too much of a good pleasure leads to bad consequences. This principle is applied elsewhere in Scripture with respect to other good gifts from the Lord, including friendship, wine and food, work and wealth, family, and sleep. Yet, we must be careful to recognize that this proverbs is not teaching, "Everything in moderation." Indeed, the Scriptures point to some things (e.g. sin) that should be avoided altogether, while other things (e.g. loving the Lord and others) that should be done in excess. However, with respect to the pleasures of this life, the exhortation of this proverb is clear. Keep pleasures in their place. Enjoy them, but don't overindulge or overpursue. Instead, we find elsewhere in Scripture, that we must keep the Lord and His Kingdom as the main thing. When we do that, we will enjoy the pleasures of this life as they were meant to be enjoyed. We will even find that the pleasures of this life can become arenas and vehicles for carrying out the mission to which we are called.
In Titus 2:1-15, Paul is providing the remedies of the destructive effects of the false teachers unsound doctrine (cf. 1:11, 14-15). Beginning in vv. 2-10, Paul exhorts Titus to teach various members of the church how to live in a way that “accords with sound doctrine,” (i.e., authoritative apostolic doctrine, the trustworthy gospel, cf. 1:9). However, before Paul gives instructions to differing groups of church members, he begins by giving Titus a brief and comprehensive command in 2:1. There are two things Paul exhorts Titus to teach members of the church, namely the law and gospel (i.e., behavior that is in accordance with sound doctrine).
What will the person who feeds on God's creatures do with the strength God provides? What will the person who works in God's vineyard do with God's wine? He will get drunk and pass out naked. Thus ends the generations of righteous Noah.
Psalm 84:1-4 sets the stage for repentance and a return home to the temple and protection of a loving Father, and an awareness, as Paul told us in the New Testament, that we are living within bodies that are the temples of the Holy Ghost...
Jesus' first miracle - turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana - not only kept a wedding celebration going for the day but it also ushered in a wedding celebration that continues today.
Christians often want to know what the Bible says about these issues. Dancing was a big deal in the church a generation ago - less so today but some Christians still want to know what the Bible has to say. I address this issue breifly. Drinking alcholol is a bigger issue and Christians can disagree widely about it. The real question is not what I think or you think but, what does the Bible say?!
Jesus's first sign was turning water into wine. Jesus did two things. He engaged His culture by being in the midst of the celebration, bringing the better wine. Jesus also transcended the event and showed how we come up short every time and it is by HIs grace alone that we are complete.