And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews…
I. THE EXTREMITY INTO WHICH THE GUESTS WERE LIKELY TO BE BROUGHT. l. Under this extremity the servants did not give way to foolish speculation or gloomy forebodings. They made Jesus acquainted with it.
2. Having obtained instruction from Christ they rendered a prompt and absolute obedience. They offered no suggestion. Had the thought occurred to them they would have dismissed it. Christ is ever ready to guide the perplexed, but demands their obedience. Had the servants partially or wholly disobeyed there would have been no relief.
II. THE HELP WHICH WAS AFFORDED IN THEIR EXTREMITY. The aid rendered was —
1. Appropriate. Wine was needed and wine was made.
2. Opportune. Christ did not wait until the wine had failed and the host humbled.
4. Secured the commendation of those who were unconscious of it.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.