2962Re: Filling to the Brim?
- Jan 2, 2003Piet, I would affirm many of the connections you make concerning
the water that prepares for, and then is replaced by, Jesus' "new
I might just add that the "new gift" could be consistently focused
on the Spirit.
Jn. 1:33 contrasts John's baptism with water and Jesus' baptism
with the Spirit (no mention of fire in Jn.). Jesus' water is also
present in the last passage you mention, where 7:37-39 points to the
living water Jesus will offer after he is glorified.
Living water is already the new gift Jesus offers in Jn. 4, yet when
the woman asks for it Jesus does not (yet) give it. I think the
living water here should also (as in 7:39) be seen as the Spirit,
pointing in this context to the future day when true worshipers will
worship in Spirit and truth.
The new wine of Jn. 2 (regardless of links with fire and wine) could
also be seen as the Spirit. If the "after two days" in 2:1 and Jesus'
hour not yet coming point ahead to the future death and resurrection
(after two days), then the turning water into wine could point to the
living water/wine Jesus will give when his hour of glorification
comes. After Jesus manifests his "glory" (in a proleptic way) through
this sign/miracle, his disciples believe.
--- In email@example.com, <pi.veldhuizen@w...>
> Jeffery asked:would
> "In John 2:7, the servants fill the jars to the brim
> with water. Was this normal procedure for large stone
> jars used for ceremonial purification?"
> Although I do not know to what extent such jars used to be filled, I
> like to remark that an abundant supply of 'traditional' water issurely
> "normal procedure" in John 1-7.opposition
> This supply is both in some sense praparatory to, and stands in
> to the new gift that Jesus is offering.seems to me
> In John 2 it is plenty of purification water in the jars - which
> to symbolize fulfilment of the law "to the brim". It will not bringand
> salvation if it remains external, at the door - but brought inside
> touched by the word of Jesus it becomes a purifying power of anotherkind.
> Wine is more like fire than like water..no
> In John 3 there is plenty of water where John is baptizing - whereas
> water at all is mentioned when the mysterious baptismal practice ofJesus is
> mentioned. The Baptist states the opposition: I am baptizing withwater, he
> will baptize with fire and spirit. The Baptist, the utterrepresentant of
> the Old Covenant, needs a full supply of water to prepare people forthe
> qualitative change that he himself cannot perform. In his lastspeech in
> John, about the bridegroom, he himself is the one that, as it were,carries
> the water into the wedding room where Jesus takes over to baptizewith fire.
> In John 4 Jacob's Well presents a water supply sufficient for father
> all his sons and all his flock (verse 12). According to Jewishtradition,
> Jacob's Well used to be filled to the brim every time when Jacobcame to
> draw water. Again, though not in the same way, this place oftraditional
> abundance is the starting point where Jesus takes over and offershis own
> new gift instead.actual
> In John 5, Jesus comes to the pool of Bethesda and, not denying the
> saving power of this abundant supply of water, touches the lame withhis
> word, offering his saving gift instead.court, at
> In John 7, finally, Jesus appears at the Feast of Tabernacles, which
> involved abundant outpouring of water by the priests in the temple
> the place where according to prophecy a river would spring forth atthe day
> of salvation and water all the land - and without bringing waterJesus
> proclaims that faith in himself will make that river to flow out ofyour
> inner self. And look - Jesus does not proclaim so at the beginningof the
> feast, but at the end (7:37), when the feast is "filled to thebrim".
> Is this to say that you cannot accuse the Johannine Jesus of not
> tradition seriously? Or is it to say that Jesus'gift entersprecisely there,
> where the holy tradition is fulfilled to the brim - as its utterfulfillment
> which fully acknowledges its weight before taking its place?in my
> Thank you, Jeffery, for this occasion to arrange some loose threads
> mind!brim, and
> Kind greetings and best wishes, let us fill this new year to the
> may the word of Christ change all the water we'll carry into it,into wine!
> Piet van Veldhuizen
> Rotterdam, Netherlands
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