RESPONSE; ACTION; REVELATION John 2:1-11, part III
4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
There is a principle in prayer and prophesy that I have learned:
We can “foretell” things, which is when god reveals something that is going to happen; we can “forth tell,” which is when we bring the future into the present.
Jesus always did what He saw His Father doing and said what He heard His Father saying.
When Mary said there was no wine, He checked with Papa, who was not yet giving him the signal to act. When Mary told the servants to obey Him, she called the future into the situation at hand. This account actually reminds me of another Gospel story, in which Jesus seemed to say, “No,” but the woman’s response brought a different result:
“Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil
spirit came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.
“First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied,” but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”
She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.”
I wonder a couple of things:
*Did God withhold His permission to strengthen Mary’s faith, much like what Jesus did with the woman whose child had a demon? Are there times when He seems to hold back a bit to get our attention and strengthen our trust in Him?
Verse 11 says this was the first of His miracles, performed in a small town that was considered to be the middle of nowhere and completely insignificant. It does seem that God works in ways that defy our expectations and ideas of how things should be done.
His glory (true presence and nature) was revealed; His disciples put their trust in Him. Wow!