John 2:8 (ANIV)
Then he [Jesus] told them [the servants], “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified by the Bible narrative. I have set this scene in the mid afternoon (a few moments after the previous scene).
The sun (unseen & on the right) is high in the sky, casting shadows to the left of figures & objects.
In the foreground are two servants pouring out the water miraculously transformed into wine, into a jug.
On the left is the master of the banquet (in rich, yellow robes), having a servant pouring him some of the wine from a jug. He is talking to someone at his table, unseen in the picture.
Un-named wedding guests (with their backs to the viewer) sitting on the same table as the master of the banquet.
This scene takes place moments after the last picture. It shows two of the servants pouring out wine from a large water jar. They look surprised/amazed as they do so! As I indicated in the previous scene, the filled water jars would be very heavy, hence I have 2 servants pouring out wine from a single jar.
On the left is the master of the banquet, being served wine by a servant. As verse 9 points out, he did not realise the miraculous nature of the wine.
I decided to add the rose flower arrangements in the foreground, & climbing roses on either side of the archway in the background, to suggest that this event happened at a wedding.
“Master of the banquet” was a position of honour; one of his primary duties was to regulate the distribution of wine to prevent excess that would (especially in a Jewish context) ruin the party. At least in Greek banquets, guests elected this person to preside over the entertainment and to control the level of dilution for the wine; thus some observers might have held him partly responsible for the host’s running out of wine prematurely.
[Source: Bible Background Commentary]
Here is the scene without the figures in the foreground.
John 02 – Wedding at Cana – Scene 03 – Draw some wine out – Background
Here is the original pencil sketch I drew to design this scene.
John 02 – Wedding at Cana – Scene 03 – Draw some wine out – Greyscale