Daily Archives: August 3, 2017
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In July and August, we’re reading the stories of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Miriam, Zipporah, Deborah, Hannah, Abigail, Proverbs 31 woman, Gomer, Elizabeth, all the Marys, Martha, woman at the well, bleeding woman, adulterous woman, Canaanite woman, Lydia, Eunice, Priscilla, and the Titus 2 woman. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). An example SOAP from our team is below today’s Bible reading. Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Mary – John 2:1-12, 19:25-27
Jesus Changes Water Into Wine
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.
7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, 9 and 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 10 and 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.”
11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
12 After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed for a few days.
19:25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Near You | Becky Newman
Mary always placed herself near Jesus. She bore and birthed him, she was there when he performed his first miracle, and she was there at the foot of the cross. Mary’s faith in and devotion to Jesus is how Mary rose to prominence in the Catholic Church, as a heroine of the faith that the women could look up to and model themselves after. Though she is blessed among women for having the honor of being the mother to God’s son, she’s still not perfect. God chose her for her humility and faith, knowing these attributes would prevent her from getting prideful in her position. And she could definitely feel pain there at the foot of the cross. But Jesus was dying for her sins too.
Mary chose to be near to You throughout her entire life. I was just thinking about how my nearness to You ebbs and flows, usually with how busy I am but also with life’s ups and downs. When I’m drifting away, You give me little reminders that being near to You is way better. Like Mary, I want to choose to place myself near You, and to choose to place myself at the feet of Jesus every. single. day.
Lord, You are so gentle and loving to me. Thank You for Your reminders, and help me to choose to be near You — abide.
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