In the beginning people were created not to become drunkard.
The first Bible warning against alcoholic drink is from Genesis chapter 9. After the flood that wiped out every living things (except those in the ark) on earth, Noah enjoyed bounty harvest (of vineyard) on earth. But in celebration of such a good life, he got drunk and slept in nakedness. The consequence: His youngest son committed sin and his descendants had to suffer the penalty of a curse by Noah.
The second warning against alcoholic drink is the tragic story of Lot who was made drunk and committed incest and gave birth to two cursed people (Moab and Ammon) by his two foolish daughters from Sodom.
The third warning against alcoholic drink is the Mosaic Law that allows long suffering parents to bring their drunkard and glutton rebellious son before the Israelite elders to sentence him to death to purge this evil from among the people!
Excessive food and drink open a door to evil: sin and death.
Genesis 9:21 (Noah)
One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent.
Genesis 19:32-33 (Lot and daughters)
Come, let’s get him drunk with wine, and then we will have sex with him…
Deuteronomy 21:19-21 (the law)
19 In such a case, the father and mother must take the son to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious and refuses to obey. He is a glutton and a drunkard.’…purge this evil from among you, and all Israel will hear about it and be afraid.
The effect of alcohol cannot be underestimated. Half its effect is enough to cause death and total destruction.
Judges 16:25 (the death of the Philistines) Half drunk by now, the people demanded, “Bring out Samson so he can amuse us…3000 men and women on the roof who were watching as Samson amused them… 29 Then Samson .. prayed, “Let me die with the Philistines.” And the temple crashed down on the Philistine rulers and all the people. So he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.
1 Samuel 25:36-38 (Nabal’s death)
36 When Abigail arrived home, she found that Nabal was throwing a big party and was celebrating like a king. He was very drunk…In the morning…sober…his wife told him what had happened. As a result he had a stroke, and he lay paralyzed on his bed like a stone. 38 About ten days later, the Lord struck him, and he died.
2 Samuel 13:28 (Amnon’s death)
Absalom told his men, “Wait until Amnon gets drunk; then at my signal, kill him!!”
Proverbs 23:19-21 (a father’s warning to his son: the destructive power of excessive food, alcohol drink, and sleep causes a man go off the right course of godliness and thus become poor!)
19 My child, listen and be wise:
Keep your heart on the right course.
20 Do not carouse with drunkards
or feast with gluttons,
21 for they are on their way to poverty,
and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
Isaiah 56:11-12 (drink and food and party can never satisfy)
11 Like greedy dogs, they are never satisfied.
They are ignorant shepherds,
all following their own path
and intent on personal gain.
12 “Come,” they say, “let’s get some wine and have a party.
Let’s all get drunk.
Then tomorrow we’ll do it again
and have an even bigger party!”
Jesus warns Christians against alcoholic drinks and parties
48 But what if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ 49 and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? 50 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, 51 and he will cut the servant to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
How not to succumb to the temptation of alcoholic drinks, excessive food and partying? By the power of the words of God and the Holy Spirit.
Let us read Apostle Paul’s teaching:
Ephesians 5:1-20 New Living Translation (NLT)
Living in the Light
1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, ..
3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you…7 Don’t participate in the things these people do…
10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them…14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Living by the Spirit’s Power
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.