Friday, December 15, 2017

"should not make him known" - The Righteous Servant at the Wedding at Cana

The Tokyo Station

The Righteous Servant at the Wedding at Cana

The man finally reached his old house.

Then, his mother took him to a wedding ceremony for which he had returned from Qumran through the River Jordan.  However, when he met a prophet there, he changed, but he continued to travel to his old home where he came back the first time in a decade or more.

Nobody, later, would tell whose wedding it was and what relationship his family had with the newly married couple.  However, it was clear that his mother played an important role in the ceremonial.  Jesus was needed because his father had been off to a very remote place.  It was a wedding ceremony at least where the mother and the father of Jesus had been expected to attend.

They served meals and wine.  But one servant took a little amount of wine, each time he poured it from a jar to a cup, out of the cup to another jar and poured an equal amount of water to the half-filled cup from other jar in a corner of the kitchen of the host house.

As the party was going on, somebody who was loudly speaking Greek requested more wine, but the servant told the host of the party that there was no more wine.  The host was embarrassed; so were the newly married couple.  The guest who requested another cup of wine looked important for the host family.

Then, Jesus said to the servant, "Bring another jar filled with water!"  His mother looked puzzled, but soon she realized that her son had looked mysteriously changed since he had returned home.  And he helped her find something missing in her house, although he had been away from home for a long time.  She said, as if she had been the wife of the host, to the servant to obey her son.

So, the servant went into the corner of the kitchen, where he had prepared cups of wine while doing his secret business, stealing wine, to fetch the jar with water.  He came back with the water jar to the hall and dipped water from the jar to the cup of the requesting guest.  The guest drank the water and said, "How sweet this wine is.  Usually a host offered poor-quality wine when guests got drunken.  But this house prepares the best quality wine for the end of the party!"

And then everybody took more cups of wine from the jar.

But there was another servant who was watching the party from the beginning.  He of course noticed that the bad servant was making a dirty trick.  When he heard the voice of Jesus, he exchanged the two jars in their positions in the corner, so that the bad servant took the jar with stolen wine to the hall as he thought it was the jar with water.

But Jesus saw the face of the bad servant who was wondering why it was wine but not water.  The bad servant looked at the face of the righteous servant in a vindictive mood.  So, Jesus said to the important guest, "This is my first miracle in this village."  The guest looked astonished and tried to say something.  But Jesus stood up and started leaving the party with his mother who exchanged goodbyes, in a hurry, with  the bridegroom and then bride.

This was the only social event Jesus joined since he had returned from Qumran to his old home through the River Jordan.


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Mat 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
Mat 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.