Six Stone Waterpots

John 2:6-8.

And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.

Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.

 And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.

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The typical Jewish household had water pots that were set aside for purposes of ritual cleansing. The ones in this incident had a capacity of 20-30 gallons apiece.

I think it is interesting that Jesus used the most practical of means to accomplish this miracle. The water pots were there. I suppose He could have simply waved his hand over whatever had held the wine before, and had apparently not been sufficient. But He used what was at hand, and did so without any fanfare. No bells and whistles. Just get the job done.

So He instructed the servants to fill the pots with water, up to the brim. I don’t know where they got all that water. Perhaps the household had a well, or a cistern. In any case, it didn’t seem to be a problem for them to find that much water.

It is also notable that He involved the servants in this miracle. They must have wondered what He had in mind, but they obeyed Him, apparently without question. They filled the water pots to the brim. They didn’t show doubt or disrespect by filling them only partially. They went the whole distance.

I believe that not only the host of this celebration was blessed that day; so were his servants, who had simply followed the commands of Jesus and thereby became a part of the blessing.

He could have filled the pots with wine Himself. He could have done so without any human assistance. That isn’t how He worked, though. Not then, and not today. He has chosen to use us in His work, thereby sharing the blessing with the workers as well as those who benefit from the work. Never turn away from an opportunity to do something for Him. You will lose the blessing if you do.

The governor, or master of the feast, was an important figure. He was sometimes appointed from among the prominent guests, or was a relative or close friend of the host. It was his job to supervise all the arrangements; to make sure everyone was well-served, and to taste the wine before it was offered to the guests.

Jesus told the servants to dip into the water pots and take it to the governor of the feast. I wonder what those servants were thinking. They knew they had put water in those pots. But, remarkably, they obeyed Him, just as Mary had told them. They took some kind of vessel filled from the contents of one of the pots and offered it to the governor of the feast.

14 thoughts on “Six Stone Waterpots

  1. That’s the Wedding Feast At Cana. It was on the third day. Three comes up a lot , always going back to Jonah. Six water pots must represent the six days of creation. Mary’s last ever recorded words were, “Do whatever he tells you.” Her first words included “I am the Handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.” I’ve always been so favorably impressed by those bookends.

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    1. Larry, that’s a great observation. I never considered it, but you’re right. I think Mary’s attitude was always to do right. She had a tender heart, and it seems to me she was highly regarded by her neighbors. And by her Son.

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      1. Well I’m not Catholic, so we’re going to have some differences of opinion. This is one of them. The word translated “Woman” is one that denotes respect, like “Ma’am.” Jesus used it to denote a difference in their relationship. He has become the authority, but that in no way diminishes His love and respect for Mary. “The new Eve” is a bit concerning to me, as it puts Mary in the position of The Mother, which is a concept based on the belief that a female goddess was actually the beginning of life. It is a very old tradition, but one that is not based in scripture.

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      2. Protestants and Jews don’t trust the Greek translation of ancient texts, and Catholic scholarship relies heavily upon that. Jews were drastically monotheistic, and, in their early days, henotheistic. Because of monotheism, they didn’t trust the idea of a trinity, or Greek understanding of gods. I keep noticing that the Bible, in cahoots with ancient literature in general, has a lot of things in common with pagan texts, sort of as if God wanted the pagans to have a camouflaged understanding of things. I hope we can learn from each other

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      3. Of course we can learn, Larry. I’m delighted to have you comment on my posts. As you say, we have very different view points. There is an ongoing and escalating debate among scholars and ordinary people like me concerning which translations are best, most accurate. Not being a Greek scholar, I am forced to refer to reliable and respected Greek scholars in order to understand some of the New Testament; Hebrew for the Old. But there is no doubt that both Old and New teach that there is one God, and one only. It is true that the Bible mentions other religious practices, but never gives those practices God’s stamp of approval.

        Your comments always make me think, Larry. We can certainly learn from each other.

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    2. Yes, it’s the first miracle, the wedding at Cana. I’ve been writing about it every day this week. So much is in each verse. I’m loving my study of the Gospel of John. Reading it to teach it is a whole different thing, takes more research, and I get to learn so much 🙂

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      1. It is set apart because of its purpose. Each gospel had a different intended audience/purpose. The gospel of John was written to present Jesus as the Son of God, the Savior. Many differences. One of the first is that we never see His baptism in John. All we see is the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus.

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