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Why Was Wine Used

Why was wine used in the last supper?

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Because it was the common drink at the time. For the purposes of the lesson Jesus was teaching, it could just as eaisly been water or any other liquid.
---Bruce5656 on 1/19/08

In biblical times wine was diferent then it is today. Wine, including fermented, was used in earlier times to purify water that was stored in cisterns and wells. That was a major use of it! It was mixed with water at a very low ratio, consisting of the lowest ration of (3 parts water to 1 part wine-which was the lowest acceptable ratio; this produced a drink that was 2.5-2.75% alcoholic) up to (20+ parts water to 1 part wine).
---christina on 11/6/06

Wine today is different than Biblical wine. "Strong drink...unmixed wine..." in Biblical times was only 3-11% alcohol. Those who drank this form of alcohol were considered barbaric! Distillation, which increases alcohol content, was not discovered until A.D. 1500. Modern wine has 9-11% alcohol; 80-100 proof whiskey and brandy has 40-50% alcohol; Biblically and culturally, these would have been unthinkable!
---christina on 11/6/06

Wine is still used in most Jewish Temples/celebrations even the Shabbat meal on Friday & even in some churches. Wine represents Joy, Jesus was following Jewish passover traditions. He was the lamb that night the wine his blood given so we would have "joy" and not need to perish. U must remember wine was/is still used or drank many times around the world due to how horrible the water supply is.
---Jeanne on 11/6/06

Geoff, examples aren't always exacts. I could ask,why would Jesus create something rotten and intoxicating for those at the wedding at Cana? Jesus turned water into wine. This was Jesus' first miracle and it involved rotten,intoxicating wine. Some say that Jesus turned the water into grape juice, but I disagree.
---Kay on 11/6/06

"In heaven, things won't break down, die and rot as in this sinful world."
Thats true. But have you ever thought that maybe Jesus will create the wine aged? This is what He did, I believe, at the wedding at Cana. He created new wine to appear aged. In the same way, He designed the newly created Adam and Eve to have the appearance of being older than what they actually were.
---Kay on 11/6/06

Wine is used because it was significant to the Jewish culture. it is the blood of grapes, it represents the blood of the sacrifice. And because it's what they drank if jesus was doing the Last supper today in America he would probably have a soft drink. (in the south it would be a Coke, in Kansas a Dr. Pepper)
---Jared on 11/4/06

Wine is wine in Ancient times and in modern times. those that say wine in ancient times was just grape juice are reading into scripture from their traditions. Why else would it be bad to put new wine in an old wine skin (fermentation produces Carbon dioxide which is a gas that would explode a skin that did not expand) Read the Bible as it was written not as you want to see it.
---Jared on 11/4/06

if it's ok to drink alcoholic, fermented wine-then there is a contradiction in the Bible Prov 23:29-35 says to stay away from the wine when it is going thru the fermentation process. this moving and giving color is describing the process.
---r.w. on 11/3/06

Jana, that is an important distinction I hadn't considered. How could Jesus use something fermented, rotten, intoxicating (poisonous) to represent His pure blood that washes away the sins of the world? It makes more sense that this is the new wine/grape juice. Jesus said He would drink the new wine, drink it anew with us in the kingdom. In heaven, things won't break down, die and rot as in this sinful world. Makes a lot of sense to me!
---Geoff on 7/13/06

Eld Phil, your remarks remind me of 1 Tim 5:23

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities

Missionaries would fare better drinking pure grape juice than infested water. The (grape vine) plant's natural filtration system renders the fruit safer than the non-potable water. "When you go to _____ don't drink the water" Makes sense to me.
---Geoff on 7/13/06

I understand grape juice squeezed fresh was used in the old days..not fermented wine..remember, the blood of Jesus was pure and hence the pure grape juice..this is what we use in our church and in out of season, we use bottled pure grape juice..never fermented wine...
---jana on 7/13/06

Deut. 14: 26. Wine and strong drink were used in the feast to consume the tithe.
---john on 1/12/06

Wine was commonly used at the time of Christ for meals in the middle east. Water came from various sources, wells, rivers, collected from rain into cisterns. The water was untreated by modern standards, it was good enough for washing, irrigation and animals, but would nor necessarily be potable. Wine was a means of consuming a liquid with a meal you could not get ill from. Yes you could become intoxicated if you over indulged so self restraint was required. But you would not get a disease from the wine.
---Phil_the_Elder on 1/11/06

, there is no sin in having a glass of wine. the sin comes from excessive drinking. why must people get so picky?
---steve on 1/11/06

Jesus spoke in parable when speaking of the wine, he was meaning it was his blood, and the bread was his flesh. It isn't literal.
---Rebecca_D on 1/11/06

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Because Jesus chose it, therefore it was appropriate for that purpose. We do not need to know why He chose it, He just did and told us to do the same.
---M.P. on 1/11/06

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