Today, while studying the bible, I was reviewing the story of an important man who made a serious mistake as a result of drinking alcohol and getting drunk.
After meditating a bit on the story, I thought it would be worth writing about what the bible says about people who drink alcohol, and the consequences that getting drunk brings to our lives.
What the bible says about drinking alcohol
Although it is true that in the Old Testament, the Bible sometimes speaks tolerantly about the moderate consumption of wine, the word of God, in general, is emphatic in condemning drunkenness and the consumption of liquor.
In addition, very possibly, at that time wine was a more natural and less aggressive alcoholic beverage than those currently consumed.
Instead of endorsing the consumption of liquor, there are numerous biblical stories that make it clear that the end of those who love the consumption of wine is tragic, to say the least.
Noah –Genesis 9:20-27
Amnon –2 Samuel 13:28
Belshazzar — Daniel 5
The gluttonous and drunken children -Deuteronomy 21: 18-21
The many proverbs that condemn alcoholism — Proverbs 20:1
The Bible is emphatically clear that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of heaven — 1 Corinthians 6:10.
Therefore, the most advisable thing for Christians is that we abstain from alcoholic beverages, since we will fall into sin and very surely we will ruin our lives as a result of its consumption.
Also, for those who are not Christians and drink them, it is important that they try to leave it and seek help if necessary.
It is essential to keep in mind that as Christians we are nobody to judge those who consume alcoholic beverages, on the contrary, we are called to love them and feel compassion for these people.
We are called to lovingly and patiently seek to help them let go of their problem and be fully reconciled to God.
Bible story about drinking alcohol
The story with which I would like to illustrate the theme of what the Bible says about people who drink alcohol is the story of King Belshazzar, grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar.
During his reign, this king gave himself over to alcoholism and profligate life, instead of learning from his grandfather’s mistakes.
Let’s see what happened once:
King Belshazzar gave a grand banquet to a thousand members of the nobility, and drank wine with them until he was drunk.
As they toasted, Belshazzar had the gold and silver cups brought to him that Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had taken from the temple in Jerusalem.
And so it was done.
The cups were brought to him, and from them the king and his nobles drank, together with his wives and concubines.
Already drunk, they were full of praise to the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone.
| Daniel 5: 1 – 4
After this event, a hand appeared in front of the king and wrote on the wall a message in a strange language which no one could decipher; only Daniel, who had already been forgotten as a royal advisor.
It was a divine sentence in response to his unholy attitude that, in the midst of his drunkenness, he dared to dishonor God by profaning the utensils of his holy temple.
Ironically, this action was the straw that overflowed the cup of the Lord’s patience with him.
That same night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was assassinated, and Darius the Persian seized the kingdom.
| Daniel 5 : 30
I would like us to meditate a little on this story, to delve into what the Bible says about people who drink alcohol and the consequences that this practice brings to our lives.
Consequences of drinking alcohol in the bible
We become libertines
As we see in today’s story, and as the word of God and modern science testify, the consumption of alcoholic beverages has negative effects on our brain and our behavior.
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We become incompetent
Just as the character in our story had become unfit to lead the Babylonian kingdom as a result of his lifestyle, the consumption of alcoholic beverages makes us incompetent to carry out our daily responsibilities.
[bctt tweet=”Alcohol consumption causes our brain to prefer to produce dopamine through drinking, so it demands it from us, instead of producing it naturally as a reward for performing important tasks.” username=”soysegundo1″]
We forget God
Belsasar knew everything that God had done in Babylon, he had listened to the way in which he had revealed himself to his grandfather, and even so, as a result of his predilection for alcohol, he preferred to turn his back on the Lord.
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We desecrate the holy things
Our character got so drunk that he foolishly wanted to challenge God by profaning the holy utensils in his temple.
Something that neither his father nor his grandfather, although they had kept them in the temple of a pagan God as trophies of war, had never dared to do.
[bctt tweet=”Drinking produces in us a state of altered consciousness that leads us to do the most stupid and unimaginable things, among them, to pay little attention to the solemnity of holy things.” username=”soysegundo1″]
We encourage others to sin
Such was his foolishness, as a result of alcohol, that led Belshazzar to make others commit the same affront against the eternal God.
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We fall into idolatry
The entire group of drunks in our story today collectively dedicated themselves to using the temple utensils to worship pagan gods.
In an analogous way, drinking also leads us to idolatry.
[bctt tweet=”When we drink, we sacrifice our life, our family, our finances and our health on the altar of Satan. Instead of making our bodies living sacrifices to almighty God.” username=”soysegundo1″]
We condemn ourselves to eternal death
With his actions that day, Belshazzar placed upon himself the sentence of death, and brought about the fall of the Babylonian Empire at the hands of the Medo-Persians.
In all these events, drunkenness and debauchery were elements that quickly triggered the situation of this king and that led to his fall.
If he had had a sensible and prudent attitude, his story would have had another end, and his eternal destiny might not have been eternal death.
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Verses about drinking alcohol and getting drunk
Noah got drunk and brought dishonor on himself and death to his family.
Noah dedicated himself to cultivating the land, and planted a vineyard.
One day, he drank wine and got drunk, staying naked inside his tent.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked about him and went to tell his brothers, who were outside.
Then Shem and Japheth took a cloak, threw it over their shoulders, and walking backwards covered the nakedness of his father.
Since they were looking in the opposite direction, they did not see him naked.
When Noah awoke from his drunken stupor and found out what his youngest son had done to him, he declared:
“Cursed be Canaan! It will be of the two brothers of him the lowest of the slaves of him ».
| Genesis 9:20-25
Priests could not drink wine before ministering
Neither you nor your children must drink wine or liquor when you enter the Tent of Meeting, or you will die.
This is a perpetual statute for your descendants.
| Leviticus 10:9
Nazirites (people consecrated to God) were not to drink wine
You should refrain from wine and other fermented beverages.
He will not drink vinegar of wine or other fermented drink; he will also not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins.
| Numbers 6:3
God promised to prosper the vineyards of the Israelites
He will love you, multiply you and bless the fruit of your womb, and also the fruit of the land that he swore to your ancestors that he would give them.
That is, he will bless the wheat, the wine and the oil, and the young of your cattle and the lambs of your flocks.
| Deuteronomy 7:13
The Israelites were to drink some of their wine before God
In the presence of the Lord your God you shall eat the tenth part of your wheat, your wine and your oil, and of the firstborn of your herds and flocks; you will do it in the place where he decides to live.
| Deuteronomy 14:23
The gluttonous and drunk children, who did not repent, should die
If anyone has a stubborn and rebellious son, that he does not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and having punished him, he does not obey them; then his father and his mother will take him, and bring him out before the elders of his city, and at the gate of the place where he lives; and they will say to the elders of the city: This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he does not obey our voice; he is gluttonous and drunk.
Then all the men of his city will stone him, and he will die; so you will remove the evil from among you, and all Israel will hear, and will fear.
| Deuteronomy 21: 18 – 21
Ammon, son of David, was killed when he was drunk
This, for his part, had given instructions to his servants:
«I did not lose an eye on Amnon. And when the wine has risen I will give you the signal to attack, and you will kill him. Do not be afraid, because I am the one who gives you the order. Cheer up; be brave.”
| 2 Samuel 13:28
The drunk commits nonsense
Wine leads to insolence, and intoxicating drink to scandal; no one under its effects behaves wisely!
| Proverbs 20:1
Drunkenness brings perpetual poverty
He who loves pleasure will remain in poverty; he who loves wine and perfumes will never be rich.
| Proverbs 21:17
Do not associate with those who drink a lot of wine, nor with those who gorge themselves on meat, because drunk and gluttonous, because of their indolence, they end up ragged and poor.
| Proverbs 23:20
Leaders should not drink alcohol
It is not proper for kings, O Lemuel, it is not proper for kings to indulge in wine, nor for rulers to indulge in liquor, lest by drinking they forget what the law commands and deprive all oppressed of their rights. .
| Proverbs 31: 4-5
Those who please God can temperately enjoy the fruit of their efforts
Come on, eat your bread with joy!
Drink your wine with good cheer, for God has already been pleased with your works!
| Ecclesiastes 9:7
The Lord Jesus occasionally drank some kind of wine
The Son of man came, eating and drinking, and you say: ‘This is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
| Luke 7:34
It is better not to drink wine if this is a cause of stumbling for the brothers
It is better not to eat meat or drink wine, or do anything that will cause your brother to fall.
| Romans 14:21
Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God
Neither thieves, nor misers, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.
| 1 Corinthians 6:10
Instead of drinking wine, we should seek the spiritual
Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery.
Rather, be filled with the Spirit.
| Ephesians 5:18
Ministers of the early church were not to drink much wine
Deacons, likewise, must be honorable, sincere, not fond of too much wine nor greedy of ill-gotten gains.
| 1 Timothy 3:8
The bishop is in charge of God’s work, and therefore he must be blameless: not arrogant, angry, drunk, violent, or greedy for ill-gotten gain.
| Titus 1:7
To the old women, teach them to be reverent in their conduct, and not slanderers or addicted to much wine. They must teach the good.
| Titus 2:3
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