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Friday, 10 April 2015

Alcohol forbidden to Kings and Priests

In Old Testament times there were two groups of individuals who were particularly forbidden to drink wine. They were:

1. The Priests, cf. Leviticus 10:8-11: And the LORD spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

This command to abstain comes after the record of the folly of Nadab and Abihu, who offered strange fire to the Lord, and who were consumed, cf. Leviticus 10:1-7. Was it imbibing alcohol that made them engage in such folly? Is this why the prohibition was given to Aaron and his sons immediately afterwards? It would seem so!

2. The King and the Prince, cf. Proverbs 31:4,5: It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Wine and strong drink would have a harmful effect upon the king in the exercise of his royal authority.

In the New Testament we are taught that believers are king and priests unto God, cf. Revelation 1:6: And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. AmenRevelation 5:10: And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Is this fact of being New Testament kings and priests not something that those in the Reformed camp make a great play about? Yet it seems that the lesson from the Old Testament, about kings and priests being abstainers from alcohol, is lost on those who want license to drink!!


herman witsius said...

priests were not forbidden to drink wine only "when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation." only nazarites are explicitly forbidden to drink wine when they take the vow. there is NO command for abstinence.....you know its pointless. you simply hate the scriptures. you base your whole interpretation of wine based on what a 19th century irish preacher said. you stand, like herman hoeksema and the prc, out of line with the entirety of reformed and christian history.

and its all because you have some conflict with dr beeke. what is wrong with you? that you despise a man so much you are willing to discard what the bible (and the reformed church) teaches about wine and the red sea crossing and the apostles being a foundation as paul himself clearly states over in epehesians. you stand not in the bible but in the traditions of men.

Rev Brian McClung said...


If it comes to standing against license to drink booze which you and others demand I'll happily stand there.

What exactly are you saying about the Red Sea crossing? Do you not believed they crossed the Red Sea?

As for the foundation of the church that is going to changed to be more scriptural!

Brian McClung