Study Material: Deuteronomy 29:5-6
5 I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.
6 You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.
When a human body experiences blood clots, they come from damage to the lining of a blood vessel, either an artery or a vein; and this can cause heart attacks and death. Scientists have proven that alcohol consumption can serve as a blood thinner (work against clotting of blood) to avoid heart attacks. A study in the October 2005 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research confirms that moderate drinking has effects on blood coagulation – primarily as a "blood thinner". "The contrasting effects of alcohol are similar to the effects of blood thinners like aspirin, which clearly prevent heart attacks but at the expense of some additional bleeding strokes," said Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal, corresponding author for the study.
The irony of this is that alcohol not only causes thinning of our physical blood, but it causes thinning of the working of the Blood of Jesus in us. The Blood of Jesus does not ever lose its power in and of itself. But in terms of how much we allow it to work for us is another story. Alcohol distorts one’s thinking and makes one more brazen to do what one might not have done otherwise. As we studied a few days ago, Nadab and Abihu became brazen enough to offer a strange fire to God and the fire of the Lord consumed them on the spot (Lev 10:1-10). When influenced by alcohol, people do not allow the Blood of Jesus to speak for them, they rather speak and do for themselves and walk in line with their own distorted perceptions – thereby thinning the possibility of reliance on the Blood of Jesus.
For 40 years, the children of Israel did not drink wine or strong drink (v6) so that they would know and understand the workings of the Lord. That means that had they been drinking, they would not have had the right or full perspective. Without alcohol, they were already murmuring and misbehaving. Imagine if they had been taking alcohol. The Blood of Jesus had not been shed at that time, but the principle remains the same. Alcohol is a blood thinner; and it thins out one’s reliance on and relationship with God.
Homework: Cry unto God and ask Him to help you to never have any person or thing thin out my relationship with you. Father, may I remain in you until death.
Thanks to Pastor John Musa of Port Harcourt, Nigeria for the scripture reference research on alcohol.