…“Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” (NASB) What does this mean?
Answer: Yeshua’s response to Miriam (Mary) in John 2:4 was not a sign of disrespect since He would then have dishonored His mother. Rather, He was using an acceptable phrase to convey a message. He was responding to a request His mother had made, and He conveyed to her that she no longer had any parental authority over Him. At some point in life, we all need to move from obeying our parents to honoring them. Therefore, if He responded to her request, it would be a matter of honoring her, but not a result of obeying her. Yeshua conveyed this message by the phrase “Woman, what have I to do with you?”
He went on to say, “My hour has not yet come.” In most cases, that phrase would refer to His death, but in this case, it refers to Him going public with His miracles. The place to go public would not be Cana, but Jerusalem, and so Yeshua waited until Passover to perform His first public miracle. When He turned water into wine at Cana, He did so to honor His mother, and He did it rather quietly. Only a small number of people actually became aware of the fact that a miracle had taken place.
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