It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the Word of Wisdom. I’m still studying it from time to time, though!
“And, behold, this should be wine, yea, pure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.” – Doctrine and Covenants 89:6
In this verse, the Lord is talking about the wine that is to be used for the sacrament. We learn more insight on this subject through a cross reference to Doctrine and Covenants 27:1-14 (especially verse 3).
What we drink isn’t that important when partaking of the sacrament. What is of utmost importance is how we worship. Now, this is not an excuse to go off and do whatever you want for sacrament. There is an order to everything, and we should partake of the sacrament exactly how the Lord has instructed us. However, we also shouldn’t worry so much when the Lord changes a detail like – what we drink. He teaches Joseph Smith that what is of utmost importance when partaking the sacrament is that we do it with an eye single to the Lord – Remembering that it was the body of Christ that was laid down and His blood that was shed for us.
As for the wine – The Lord instructs Joseph not to buy the wine from others anymore. There were many people who wanted to kill Joseph Smith and the other Latter-day Saints. The Lord preserved them by having them prepare their own wine for the sacrament.
Now, we don’t really use anything but water for the sacrament. This is what the Lord has taught us as far as the sacrament goes – for now. We have been taught that there will be a time when the saints will again partake of the Sacrament with the Lord and other past saints. Who knows what will happen then.
As for now, though, we know that it doesn’t matter – water, wine, whatever. We do what God has commanded. Here, the Lord talks about having “pure” wine. Even more importantly, we need to have a pure heart – with an eye single to the Glory of our Savior. What we eat or drink isn’t that important. These are merely symbols – of the grace and mercy that we can experience through Christ’s atonement.