Weekly In Depth Bible Studies

Each week participants meet in to participate in Bible Studies.  These studies are in depth, meaning that the Bible scriptures are broken down in expository style that reflects the meaning and intent of the text, a summary of time periods and what was occurring during antiquity at the time and place of the writing, and the reasons the particular scripture story lines were written.  With this type of study the participant understands the fuller meaning of the scriptures.

Below you will find an example of a weekly in depth Bible study outline used in Divine Visions.

A Spiritual Study of the Gospel of John

Jesus’ First Miracle:  Turning Water Into Wine

John 2:1 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee.
The Spiritual Aspects of the Third Day

In John 2 we see the motif of transformation occurring in Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast in Cana where he turned the water into wine.

        Jesus transforms the water into wine.
        John does not refer to Jesus’ acts as miracles but rather as “signs”, indicating something before a future event.  With John’s spiritual nature of thinking he is pointing us beyond the miracle itself to a greater reality. John doesn’t focus on the miracle itself, but rather that the miracle will establish Jesus as the Messiah.
The Jewish Talmud directs that the marriage of a virgin should be on the fourth day of the week, our Wednesday.  Sunday was the “first” day of the week [Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-2; Luke 24:1; John 20:1], therefore, as the ancients counted the “fourth” day is Wednesday.
    Day #1 took place in chapter 1:19-28,
    Day #2 in verses 29-34,
    Day #3 in verses 35-42, and
    Day #4 in verses 43-51.
So in John 1:1-2 the day is 3 days from day 4 in John 1:43-51.  The total is 7.
        Now, it is important to recognize John’s spiritual mindset here.  He is thinking in a higher form of consciousness.  He is continuing his “creation” imagery from Chapter 1 where he compares “In the beginning ” with “In the beginning ” found in Gen. 1.  He uses imagery in the words “light”, “darkness”, “the Word (logos)”.  And in John 1:32 he uses imagery of a dove representing the Holy Spirit who descended on Jesus in the area where John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan River.  This can be compared to the Spirit of God hovering above the waters in Genesis 1:2.
        Now in the Creation story of Gen. 2:3 we see that God rested on the 7th day.  But the Bible in Gen 2:7 also says “then” he made man and in Gen 2:22 he made woman and united the man and woman.  The first wedding in the Bible.  And the wedding symbolized completeness in creation.  We have no Biblical references showing that the creation of man and woman did not happen on Day 7 as God was resting.
        So there was a wedding on the 7th day.  In the Old Testament a wedding ceremony lasted for 7 days.  The father decided when the wedding would take place, just as God the Father decided when the wedding of Adam and Eve would take place.  In antiquity, a wedding procession would take place in which the bridegroom and his friends would escort the bride to the groom’s house.  A trumpet (shofar) would be blown announcing the bridegroom is coming for his bride.
        1 Thessalonians 4:16  says a trumpet will announce Christ the Bridegroom coming for His Bride, the Church.  “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”
        According to the ancient custom, it was on the 7th day of the feast that the bridegroom finally lifted the veil that covered the face of his bride.  Here Jesus is unveiling himself as the Son of God who can perform miracles.
        So in the Creation account in Genesis, after Adam and Eve were made and united, they ate of the forbidden fruit and fell from grace.  Now in John’s writings John unites the imagery from the creation story to the wedding at Cana.  Jesus, the new Adam (1 Cor 15:45), will now begin to restore the grace that was lost through Adam and Eve’s sin.
        There is even more spiritual symbolism found with the mentioning of the 3rd day which is the third day after the previously mentioned 4 days which means that the 3rd day is actually the 7th day as well.
        In the Old Testament, Numbers 19:1-10 describes the prescribed rules and regulations for water purification when an Israelite comes in contact with a dead body.  The “holy water” to be used in this rite must be mixed with the ashes of a red heifer that was without fault or blemish and has never borne a yoke.  These ashes were then mixed with the water and blessed by a priest.  This “holy water” was to be used for ritual purification.
        Numbers 19:11-13.says that anyone who touches the corpse of anyone whatever will be unclean for seven days.  Such a person must be purified with these waters on the third and seventh days and will then be clean; otherwise he will not be clean.  So the unclean person must go through 2 cleansings or resurrections (being made alive again).  Now Jesus had performed his first miracle on the third day after the fourth day so it could have been said the third day and the seventh day, just as the Israelites had to be cleansed the third and seventh day.  Later his death and resurrection would be the first resurrection and his second coming will be the second resurrection (see Revelation 2:11; 20:6; 21:8).
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This lesson continues to discuss the miracle of Jesus turning the water into wine, however the above is shown here as an example of the in-depth Bible studies at Divine Visions.
After the Bible lesson is concluded, we begin a time of guided prayer and meditation that focuses on the topic of the lesson which was, in this case, the miracle that Jesus performed and how it relates to our present life and life situations.