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John 2 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on John 2 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

King James Version

SAB comment

My comment

1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:

2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.

(2:3-10) "And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine."
Is it OK to drink alcohol?
It is OK to drink some alcohol. It is not OK to drink so much that one becomes drunk. And it wasn't OK to drink alcohol for persons who had taken the Nazarite vow, Num. 6:3.

4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.

5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

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

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

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

9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,

"Water that was made wine"
Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine. Now that's a neat trick. Can Penn & Teller do that? (Good thing he didn't he turn the water into blood like his dad did in Exodus 7.)

10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.

13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

The author of the SAB asks who raised Jesus up from the dead. This verse clearly teaches us that Jesus raised himself up from the dead, as he also says in chapter 10:17:

Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

Moreover, Gal. 1:1 clearly teaches us that God the Father raised Jesus from the dead. And Rom. 8:11 clearly teaches us that the holy Spirit was involved with raising Jesus from the dead.
Therefore the Bible teaches us that the whole Trinity, the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit were intimately involved in the resurrection. It is ascribed to all three persons in the Godhead.
Thanks to Who Raised Jesus from the Dead?.
The author of the SAB also asks if Jesus said the words he says in this verse. As proof he cites what two witnesses —who tried to accuse Jesus at his trial— claimed what Jesus had said. I don't think I need to point out that quoting unreliable witnesses not a case makes.

20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

(2:19-21) Jehovah's Witnesses deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, saying instead that he was raised as a "spirit creature." If so, then how could John say that "he spake of the temple of his body?"
The remarks the author makes regarding the views of the Jehovah's witnesses, are spot on.

22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,

25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.