Water Into Wine

At the feast of Cana, Joshua turns water into wine. Strange details may make this a genome parable. It shifts to Roman authority, as did Paul. This is a hint at science as the judge, not religion.

Feast At Cana

We believe the story of the wedding at Cana was edited. There are missing details as to who is getting married. The original story was likely a wake.

The wake was for Joshua's step father Joseph. In part because his mother is apparently in charge, asking Joshua to help provide wine.

There is also a master of the banquet, likely the official who is responsible for the disposition of the will. Unlike our modern setup where government provides judges, the Roman world judges were agreed when contracts were signed. More like an arbiter in modern situations.

The order of the stories is still disputable too, but after this point Joshua is responsible for family property and he proceeds to Sychar and the field ripe for harvest. He has now inherited the land where the scrolls are kept in a cave.

At the Feast of Cana. Joshua's mother asks him to perform a miracle, and his does, turning water into wine. Here is the account.

6There were 6 stone jars placed there for purification of the Jews that each held 2 or 3 measures. John 2:67Joshua said to them, Fill the jars with water. They filled them up to the brim. John 2:78He said to them, Now draw out and bring it to the head of ceremonies of the feast. They brought it. John 2:89When the head of ceremonies tasted the water that had become wine he did not know where it had come from, but the helpers who had drawn the water knew. Then the head of ceremonies FA called the bridegroom 10and said to him, Every man brings the best wine 1st and when they are drunk then what is weak, but you have preserved the best wine until now. A Revelation 17:1-2 John 2:9-10 (John 2:6-10 BRB)

There are details here which are normally not part of the plot. In particular that these are stone jars that he uses for the transformation.

This story is combining water and stone, which is typical of the Jordan river crossing as well as Jeremiah's stone into the river.

In this case the stone jar itself is the carrier of water. A reversal of how stones are carried in the rivers in the other stories.

But think of the stone jars as carrying the wine.

The master of the banquet exclaims that he has saved the best for last.

If this is a genome parable it is pointing at conversion of a substantial amount of water. Not fist sized stones like David.

It is a parable for something last. I do not want to say this was at the end of the party, as there would be no reason to supply more wine.

It is saying something about the insufficiency of the early wine and a massive provision at some point future.

If the master of the banquet is a lawyer, say, then he represents the Roman government and world measuring the actions of Joshua.

Paul's Roman Citizenship

Consider Paul's authority for his missionary work. Trained by Gamaliel, but then transformed at his Damascus Road experience. These are both religious basis for authority. Like having a seminary degree and then an encounter at a revival meeting.

On Paul's way to Rome, once under the care of Roman guards, we learn of his Roman citizenship. This keeps the guards at bay

25When they had bound him with thongs Paul said to the centurion who stood over him, Is it lawful for you to scourge a Roman citizen who is uncondemned? 26When the centurion heard he went to the chiliarch and said, What have you done, for this man is a Roman. Acts 22:2627The chiliarch came and said to him, Tell me. Are you a Roman? Acts 22:27aPaul said, Yes. Acts 22:27b28The chiliarch answered saying, I obtained Roman citizenship with a great amount of silver. Acts 22:28aPaul answered, I was born to it. Acts 22:28b29Immediately those who were ready to scourge him left him alone. The chiliarch was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman citizen because he had bound him. Acts 22:29 (Acts 22:25-29 BRB)

This other authority is quite different than what he has used at any earlier time in his work.

He is going to Rome for the final part of his work. Late in the story of the New Testament.

Combine these ideas with the idea that a Roman lawyer is the authority at the Wake of Cana. That Roman is commending that miracle. It was done for Roman benefit, not the benefit of religious people.

Should the genome contain inspired text as we suppose, it will not be judged by religion, but by scientists. A very different basis of authority.