May 30

2 Samuel 7:11b-13 (NIV) 11bI will also give you rest from all your enemies. "'The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: 12When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

David built a fine cedar palace for himself and began to wonder if he shouldn't build a house for God. Nathan told him to do whatever is in his heart, as the LORD is with him. That night the LORD spoke to the prophet Nathan and told him to return to David with a message. Part of that message is today's passage.

Buildings are very temporal things. The real house is the people that live in it. God told David it was not David that would do for God, but God who was doing for David. God would establish a house for him. Jesus was a descendant from David and will reign forever. He is called the Son of David. God has established a lasting Davidic dynasty.

The house built for God, the lasting one of people, is being built by that descendant and heir. That is why Jesus told Peter, "I will build my church." He was not referring to a building. Neither was God in this passage. The Father and Son were both speaking of those called out of the world to become sons and daughters of God. People are still trying to build God a house today. There is nothing wrong with a building, but God is after a house of living stones. He is the builder. It is built for His Name. It will be eternal. Are you a part of that house?

Prayer: Thank you Lord for making me a part of your house.

May 30

John 2:9-11 (NIV) 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." 11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

Some of John the Baptist's disciples were following Jesus. Sometime between the wilderness temptation and the first Passover of Jesus' ministry, Jesus and those disciples went up to a wedding. Cana is very close to Nazareth. A wedding is a weeklong party in the Jewish tradition of that day. The groom must have been a friend or relative of Jesus' physical family. We can see that Jesus was concerned about these social events during His ministry.

Mary, Jesus' mother, asked Jesus to deal with the problem of lack of wine. If the host ran out of wine before the week of celebration was up, it would be a shameful thing. At first Jesus seems to suggest that He will not do anything, at least anything miraculous, to help. He said His time had not yet come. Then He asks for six stone water jars that hold 20 to 30 gallons each to be filled with water. What changed His mind? I think we can safely assume the Spirit of God instructed Him to go ahead and act, giving Him specific instructions.

When the master of the banquet tasted the water that was turned to wine, he was surprised that the best wine was served last. When Jesus makes something, it is the best. The Spirit of God chose this to be the first miracle of Jesus' ministry. The disciples placed their faith in him when they saw this transformation of physical matter, but it may be saying much more to us. The Apostle Paul referred to men as clay pots with a treasure inside. We are a vessel for the Holy Spirit. Wine is often used as a symbol of the Spirit. John the Baptist had preached that the Lamb of God had come to baptize people with the Spirit of God. The bulk of our physical being is actually water. This first sign signified the great work Jesus had come to begin, the transformation of mankind into vessels filled with His Spirit. He would make that possible through His death, resurrection and ascension.

Meditation: Be filled with the Spirit. God has saved the best for last.