Hard Sayings (6)
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! (Isaiah 5:22-23)
It is not often noticed in Scripture that there is a difference between the words “wine” and “strong drink.” In every case where “strong drink” is mentioned, it is always in the negative; not so with the word “wine.” It is also interesting that the words “strong dink” is translated “beer” in the New English Translation (NET). What is the point? Why is it that some, including Christians, would want to be associated with that which the Lord speaks negatively about? Some, I suppose, just want to be associated with what they consider “happiness” (or a good time) more than they desire to enjoy life in a godly way. It is a struggle for all, but a struggle worth enduring for the life of the saint. I wonder if on Judgment Day those who enjoy their alcohol will desire it then!