Have you recently looked at the mess the world is in today and wondered why God does not intervene directly, for example, as He did in Old Testament times? You probably then would also have thought about miracles.
To shed light on miracles and their relevance for today, we
prayerfully undertook an intense study of miracles in various Bible translations,
-commentaries and -study aids. We recorded the result of this study in tabular
format (94kb) to help understanding of:
· the context or problem/situation before the miracle,
· God's (re)action/miracle, signs, wonder/solution/effect,
· the significance/deeper revelation of all the miracles.
The short article below is derived from the
"Table of Miracles".
A miracle is an event that transcends human powers and the laws of nature, and is attributed to special divine intervention. More than one hundred miracles, each possessing evidential value, are recorded in the Bible. That is, they provide evidence that God is at work in the world, directing and intervening in human history. Seen in this light, we can regard miracles as having been written more to declare religious truths, than to record historical events. We can therefor see every miracle as part of God's integrated system of revealing truth. Thus, the significance of the miracle lies in its meaning rather than in the event itself.
Each miracle teaches a lesson about facts recorded in the
Scriptures. They repeat and reinforce (among other) the truths about:
· God, His nature and character
· the gospel of Jesus
· the role and activities of Holy Spirit
· human nature and the state of man's spirit
· Satan's pretensions
· the end-times.
The above core facts are the basic essence of the Christian
religion. God therefor used powerful supernatural events to establish and
validate the foundation for His relationship with man.
Many miracles express, in particular, two of God's
characteristics, i.e. His covenant love and His justice. We definitely require
God's love (and patience) if we look at some of man's reactions to the
· Israel, living with miracles daily for forty years still complained to God
· the hard hearted resisted them
· unbelievers, stirred up the excitement caused, demanded more of them
· uninformed were entrapped by Satan's deception.
Fortunately, the miracles also succeeded in their purpose of
revealing God and edifying man.People differ on whether God will or will not demonstrate
miracles in our day. It is clear however that we cannot ask for supernatural
confirmation of anything already in the Scriptures, for example asking God to
confirm that Jesus is His Son. His Word and the Holy Spirit are the main
sources of knowledge of God during this age. Some people may think that Bible
study and obedience to the gentle stirring of Holy Spirit, decidedly lack
divine power. However, God displays His power through His church and through
the ministry of believers, both supernaturally empowered by Holy Spirit. For
example, (and without debating the definition of a miracle), would you not see
it as miraculous when a runaway truck narrowly misses your family's car? The
power lies in the fact that:
· Holy Spirit stirred someone to pray for your family right at that critical moment
· that person was obedient.
Godly faith has always existed, even during long periods in which God did not give signs or display miracles. Miracles are not essential for the growth of faith. God rescued Israel from their enemies in spectacular displays of power, but it did not necessarily change their behaviour towards Him. Jesus saw that the excitement generated by miracles did not automatically convert into life-changing faith. We should appreciate miracles for the intrinsic value of their message that causes us to make permanent, lifesaving changes in our behaviour. Yes, it would "be nice" if God showed up unexpectedly in all His glory at next Sunday's service. It would edify most of us: laying on our faces in fearful worship. Consider human nature however and perhaps we will begin to understand more about God's methods.
Read the Table of Miracles (slow load) for more detailed information about miracles recorded in the Bible.
Once you have read the book, You Can Know God, you will realise that believers in close relationship with God are able to perform miracles.