Table of Miracles Part 2

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Situation / Context / Problem

God's (Re)Action / Miracle, Sign, Wonder / Effect

Deeper Revelation / Significance for Then and/or Today

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(1) Israel had just left Egypt to travel to the promised land.

(2) God 'takes in' His house as the Tabernacle & First Temple are dedicated.

(3) Israel had finished their journey. The promised land lay just across the Jordan river.

(4) God delivers Jericho into Israel's hands.

(5 & 6) Death of people who broke the laws re handling of the Ark.

(7 & 8) The Philistines, a heathen nation captured the Ark and placed it in the Temple of Dagon in Ashdod.

Miracles/Supernatural events involving the Ark of the Covenant.

(1) God Personally gave instructions regarding it to Moses on Mt Sinai (see # 11) (Exod 25:10-22; Deut 10:2-5).

(2) A cloud (see # 9) covered the Tabernacle after Moses placed the Ark in it and the glory of the Lord filled the place. (Ex 40:34). The same happened at Solomon's Temple (1 Ki 8:10).

(3) Used in stopping the flow of the Jordan river (see # 21) for Israel to cross over dry land. (Josh 3).

(4) In the capture of Jericho (Josh 6:7-11).

(5) Destruction of people of Beth Shemesh (1Sa 6:19-20) and (6) Uzzah (2Sa 6:1-8) for mishandling it. (See # 6).

(7) Fall of Dagon (1Sa 5:3-5).

(8) Tumors on Philistines (1Sa 5:6). (#10).

The Ark was a source of consolation and joy for Israel. It was destroyed when they started using it as a "lucky charm".

The ark represented the presence of God (never revealed in an image). It was a place where divine revelation was received, an instrument through which God guided & defended Israel and where the blood of atonement was received.

Holy Spirit is today a seal on a better covenant to come. He confirms & reveals the Word of God and guides us on our ways and in our work for God.

New covenant is characterised by the Spirit rather by the letter.

Ark destroyed but new covenant is everlasting and face to face.

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A poorly fastened axe-head flew off its handle and landed in the Jordan river. It was a borrowed axe wielded by a young prophet. He called out to Elisha who was with him to help him.

Elisha asked him to point out the place. He then cut a stick, threw it in the river and caused the axe to float (2Ki 6:6).

Shows God's concern even with normal daily issues.

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King Hezekiah was about to die but prayed for longer life. It was granted but he wanted proof.

Isaiah prayed that God would return the shadow on the stairway/sundial (2Ki 20:9-11).

Divine sovereignty does not make prayer inappropriate, but establishes it. Both prayer and the divine response are to be included in one's conception of God's sovereign plan.

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(1) Jonah tries to escape from God on a ship.

(2) Jonah is cast overboard into the sea.

(3) The people of Nineveh repented and Jonah grew angry at God & went out of the city and sat down.

God's sovereign working in Jonah's mission.

(1) God sent a strong wind and rough seas which calmed on Jonah being cast into it (Jnh 1:15).

(2) God sent a great fish (1:17) and after he repented the fish released Jonah (2:10).

(3) God provided a vine (4:6) to grow over Jonah for shelter, but in the morning sent a worm to eat it. (4:7). Afterwards God sent a hot scorching wind (4:8).

People of Nineveh were bloodthirsty and ruthless yet God loved them. When Jonah eventually did preach to them, the entire city repented. God also taught Jonah about loving the people/his enemies.

Jesus compared himself to Jonah, and the people of His time to the Ninevites. He predicted that the men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgement with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here.

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(1) Israel is trapped between the Red sea and the enemy's army.

(2) Israel arrives at the Jordan river, the last barrier to the promised land.

(3 & 4) Elijah & Elisha need to cross the river.

(5) Jesus sent His disciples ahead in the boat and followed them later.

Overcoming (Water) Barriers.

(1) Passage of the Red Sea (Ex 14:22)

(2) Joshua divided Jordan (Jos 3:14-17; 4:16-18)

(3) Elijah divides Jordan (2Ki 2:8)

(4) Elisha divides Jordan (2Ki 2:14)

(5) Jesus walks on the sea (Mt 14:22-33; Mk 6:45-52; Jn 6:16-21)

These miracles were all well remembered (even today) and revealed the power of God, Jesus and His prophets.

Seemingly uncrossable barriers fall away when actions accompany faith.

Jesus destroyed all barriers between God and man.

The River of God is not a barrier but a place to enter for refreshing.

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(1) Israel is three days into the desert & without water.

(2 & 3) People complain against God & Moses for water.

(4) Samson had just killed thousands with a donkey's jaw bone & was thirsty.

(5) Drought caused by judgement on sin.

(6) Water was bad & land unproductive.

(7) Wine finished during a marriage ceremony

Provision of Water.

(1) Sweetening the waters of Marah after Moses prayed (Ex 15:25).

(2) Water from the rock in Horeb. God told him to strike the rock (Ex 17:5, 7).

(3) Waters from the rock in Kadesh. God told Moses to talk to the rock. (Nu 20:8-11).

(4) Samson supplied with water out of a hollow after prayer (Jdg 15:19).

(5) Rain in answer to Elijah's prayer (1Ki 18:41-45).

(6) Waters of a well at Jericho sweetened as Elisha gives a Word God (2Ki 2:19-22).

(7) Water changed into wine by Jesus (Jn 2:1-11).

Hardness of heart. Moses continually had to intercede because of the ungrateful spirit and rebellious conduct of Israel that stirred the Lord's anger. Soaking in the Living Water is required for softening, refreshing and blessing.

Elisha changed the effects of an old curse to sweeten bad waters of Jericho. As part of God's wrath, one-third of the earth's water will again turn bitter and still more will turn into blood. (Revelation).

God supplies our daily needs.

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(1) Israel complains about lack of food.

(2 & 3) God commands Elijah to flee after declaring a drought. Elijah flees after having Baal priests killed.

(3) Wild cucumbers are mistakenly added to stew.

(4) Elijah receives and shares first fruits during a famine.

(5) God sends Elijah to live with a poor widow.

(6) A creditor wants to take the sons of a prophet's widow.

(7) Simon lets down the net on command of Jesus although they didn't catch anything all night.

(8) People who came to listen to Jesus were without food. Only five loaves and two fishes were available.

(9) People have been listening to Jesus 3 days. They had no food except seven loaves.

(10) Disciples caught no fish. They cast the nets out & recognised Jesus resurrected.

Provision of Food.

(1) Manna (Ex 16:4-31) & Quail (Ex 16:13).

(2) Elijah is fed by ravens (1Ki 17:6) & an angel (1Ki 19:8).

(3) Poisoned stew rendered harmless (2Ki 4:38-41).

(4) One hundred men fed (2Ki 4:42-44).

(5) Widow's meal and oil increased (1Ki 17:9-16; Lk 4:26).

(6) Increase of a widow's oil (2Ki 4:1-7).

(7) Catch of fish (Lk 5:1-11).

(8) Jesus feeds five thousand people (Mt 14:15-21; Mk 6:35-44; Lk 9:12-17; Jn 6:5-14)

(9) Jesus feeds four thousand people (Mt 15:32-39; Mk 8:1-9)

(10) Second catch of fish (Jn 21:6).

The miraculous supply of food increased faith. Israel however continued to complain. People in the time of Jesus were more interested in the act than in the message.

Manna & quail ceased after Israel partook of food of the land. We cannot expect miraculous supply of something readily available.

Jesus is the Bread of Life which nourishes better than a miraculous meal.

The Word of God is food for our souls.

These miracles attest to God supplying our needs. We should however be more concerned about spiritual truth than physical needs.

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(1) God gives Moses a second sign for him to prove to Pharaoh & Israel that God sent him.

(2) Miriam speaks against Moses for marring an Ethiopian woman.

(3) Naaman informed by Israelite slave girl of a man that can heal him.

(4) Elisha's servant deceives Naaman into paying for his healing.

(5 & 6) Lepers beseech Jesus to cleanse them.

Giving & Curing of Leprosy.

(1) Leprosy and healing of Moses' hand. The people believed. (Ex 4:6-7,30).

(2) Miriam was punished and given leprosy. Moses prayed & she was healed but had to leave the camp 7 days. (Nu 12:10-15).

(3) Elisha cures Naaman a non-Jew who wanted to pay Elisha. Elisha refused to accept payment; it was for God's glory. (2Ki 5:1-19).

(4) Elisha strikes Gehazi with leprosy after taking above payment. (2Ki 5:26-27).

(5) Jesus cleanses the leper and charges him not to tell anybody. Word about the healing however still spread. (Mt 8:1-4; Mk 1:40-45; Lk 5:12-16).

(6) Jesus restores ten lepers. Only one returned to thank Jesus. (Lk 17:11-19).

Leprosy was a skin disease which also affected the nerves. Paul used it to show the sin of a hardened & insensitive heart.

The cleansing and purification rituals show that turning to Jesus heals us of sin.

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(1) Jeroboam pointed to a man of God to arrest him.

(2) Jesus sees a man with a withered hand in the synagogue.

Use of Hands Taken & Restored.

(1) Jeroboam's hand withered. Jeroboam was judged for building an altar for false worship but his hand was restored upon prayer by the prophet of God. Jeroboam wanted to reward the prophet but the prophet refused to accept anything. (1Ki 13:3-6).

(2) Jesus restores a withered hand on the Sabbath. (Mt 12:9-13; Mk 3:1-5; Lk 6:6-11). Scribes, etc. were angry with Jesus for 'working' on the Sabbath.

Our hands are for praising God & doing His work.

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath Who restores us for God's work & glory.

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(1) Hagar & Ishmael were thirsty in the wilderness.

(2) Elisha's servant is worried about the number of horses & chariots surrounding them.

(3) Syrians come against Israel.

(4) Two blind men follow Jesus crying out for His mercy.

(5) Jesus takes the blind man from Bethsaida out of town & puts spit on his eyes.

(6) Disciples ask Jesus what was cause of a man born blind.

(7) Blind Bartimaeus at Jericho calls out for Jesus' mercy.

(8) Paul struck & cured with blindness during the Damascus Road episode.

(9) A sorcerer prevents the gospel.

Taking & Restoration of Sight.

(1) God opened Hagar's eyes & she saw a well. (Ge 21:19).

(2) Elisha prays for his servant's eyes to be opened & see the angels around them. (2Ki 6:17). This edified the servant.

(3) Syrian raiders were struck with blindness and led away to another city (2Ki 6:18). (see # 8).

(4) Jesus restores the sight of two blind men and charges them to tell no one. They however spread the news widely. (Mt 9:27-31).

(5) Jesus restores the sight of a blind man gradually and tells him not to go into town or tell anybody in town about it. (Mk 8:22-26).

(6) Jesus opens the eyes of a man born blind and uses it to testify that He brings light into a dark world. (Jn 9).

(7) Jesus restores two blind men near Jericho and they follow Him. (Mt 20:29-34; Mk 10:46-52; Lk 18:35-43).

(8) Paul cured of blindness and used mightily by God. (Ac 9:3-6,17-18).

(9) Paul strikes Elymas, a sorcerer who was with a proconsul, with blindness. The proconsul believed. (Ac 13:11)

Physical eyes only see on the surface and we need our mental & spiritual eyes opened to follow Jesus, Who opens our eyes & then draws our hearts.

These and other miracles by Jesus were predicted by Isa 29:18, 35:5, 42:7 and shows Jesus as the Messiah.

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(1) People bring a deaf mute to Jesus & begs Him to heal him.

(2) Anxious to protect Jesus, one of his disciples cuts off the ear of a servant of the priest.

Restoration of Hearing.

(1) Jesus restores a deaf mute. The more Jesus commands them not to tell, the wider the news spread. (Mk 7:31-37).

(2) Heals the ear of Malchus and tells them not to resist. (Lk 22:49-51).

Today some people's ears are open but still do not hear God's words. Closed ears attest to hardened hearts which can only be healed by Jesus.

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(1) Hezekiah is sick & is warned by the prophet to put his things in order.

(2) Jesus, without seeing the boy, tells the nobleman that his son is healed.

(3) Jesus sees that Peter's mother-in-law has fever. He touches her hand.

(4) Jesus asks the lame man at the pool of Bethesda whether he wants to be healed.

(5) A foreigner asks Jesus to heal her daughter.

(6) Jesus calls the woman to come to him & he lays His hand on her.

(7) A woman touches Jesus' garment hoping to get well.

(8) Jesus asks whether it is legal to heal on the Sabbath when He saw a man with dropsy.

(9 & 10) Jesus' disciples worked miracles in His name.

Physical Healing.

(1) Hezekiah's cure (Isa 38:21).

Jesus heals:

(2) The nobleman's son (Jn 4:46-54).

(3) Peter's mother-in-law (Mt 8:14-17; Mk 1:29-31; Lk the paralytic (Mt 9:1-8; Mk 2:1-12; Lk 5:17-26).

(4) The crippled man (Jn 5:1-16).

(5) The daughter of the Syrian Phoenician woman (Mt 15:21-28; Mk 7:24-30).

(6) The woman with the spirit of infirmity (Lk 13:10-17).

(7) The woman with the issue of blood (Mt 9:20-22; Mk 5:25-34; Lk 8:43-48).

(8) A man with dropsy (Lk 14:1-6).

(9) Peter and John cure a lame man (Ac 3:2-11).

Peter cures: (10) the sick (Ac 5:15-16), Aeneas (Ac 9:34), a cripple (Ac 14:10).

Many people witnessed these miracles. Some believed and some did not.

Jesus said that those who believe in Him will do greater works than His miracles. Today, saints can also perform theses works in His name and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The redemptive work of Jesus has healed us from our sins and sickness & enables us to live righteously

Casting out of evil spirits and healing the sick are gifts of Holy Spirit given by the grace of God.

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(1) After 120 years Moses was still physically healthy & strong.

(2) The son of the woman where Elijah lived, dies.

(3) The son of a woman who befriended Elisha dies.

(4) A dead man is let down into Elisha's tomb.

(5) Jesus touches the hand of a dead girl.

(6) Jesus speaks a word to the servant without seeing him.

(7) Jesus tells to a dead man to rise.

(8) Jesus calls out to Lazarus.

(9) Peter prays for the dead woman.

(10) Eutychus falls from a window.

(11) Jesus was crucified but arose three days later.

Restoration of Life.

(1) Preservation of Moses (Dt 34:7).

(2) Elijah raises the widow's son (1Ki 17:17-24).

(3) Elisha raises the Shunammite's child (2Ki 4:18-37).

(4) The dead man restored to life as he touches Elisha's dead bones. (2Ki 13:21).

(5) Jesus raises the daughter of Jairus (Mt 9:18-19,23-26; Mk 5:22-24,35-43; Lk 8:41-42,49-56).

(6) Jesus restores the centurion's servant (Mt 8:5-13; Lk 7:1-10).

(7) Jesus raises the widow's son to life (Lk 7:11-16).

(8) Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead (Jn 11:1-46).

(9) Peter raises Dorcas (Ac 9:40).

(10) Peter raises Eutychus to life (Ac 20:9-12).

(11) Resurrection of Jesus.

Confirmed the deity of God and Jesus and the power of God in the saints.

The restoration of life is an emblem of the healing power of Jesus' doctrine & influences of Holy Spirit.

The resurrection of Jesus triggered the establishment & growth of the church.

Belief in Jesus results in resurrection & eternal life for the saints.

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(1) A man in the synagogue has an unclean spirit which called out to Jesus to leave them alone.

(2) Men living in the tombs were possessed by an unclean spirit who fell down at Jesus feet, imploring Him not to torment them.

(3) A deaf & dumb spirit possessed a child.

(4) Jesus' disciples worked the same miracles in His name.

Spiritual Healing.

by Jesus

(1) Heals the demoniac (Mk 1:23-26; Lk 4:33-36).

(2) Casts demons out of two men of Gadara (Mt 8:28-34; Mk 5:1-20; Lk 8:26-39).

(3) Restores a possessed child (Mt 17:14-21; Mk 9:14-29; Lk 9:37-43).

(4) Paul casts out evil spirits and cures sick (Ac 16:18; 19:11-12; 28:8-9)

The spirits in possessed men recognise Jesus as the Son of God. Spiritual healing also resulted in physical healing.

Physical and spiritual healing is required to follow Jesus.

Saints have power over Satan through the name of Jesus. We should not glory in this but rather that our names are written in the Book.

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A tree did not bear fruit in its season.

Jesus curses a fig tree and it withers and dies. (Mt 21:19-22; Mk 11:12-14, 20-24)

Jesus used this example to explain the importance of having faith and bearing fruit.

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(1) Aaron throws his rod before Pharaoh and it becomes a snake.

(2) Moses struck the Nile with his rod and it became blood.

(3) Aaron stretches his hand over the waters of Egypt and frogs come out and cover the land.

(4) Through his disobedience, Saul had lost contact with God. He was desperate to know what to do in a battle against Philistine the following day. He consulted the medium of Endor.

(5) Simon practised sorcery. It was said of him that he is the divine power known as the Great Power. He heard the gospel and believed but tried to purchase the gift of laying on of hands to receive the Holy Spirit.

Satan's Copies.

(1) Egyptian magicians do the same. Aaron's rod swallowed the rods of the magicians. Pharaoh's heart remains hard. (Ex 7:10-12).

(2) Egyptian magicians do the same and Pharaoh's heart remains hard. (Ex 7:22).

(3) Egyptian magicians do the same and Pharaoh's heart remains hard. (Ex 8:7).

(4) He was told that by the same time the next day he and his sons will be dead.

Absolutely No Tolerance.

(5) Peter showed no tolerance, rebuked Simon and told him to repent because he saw that Simon's heart was bound by idolatry and sin.

End-time Warning. Jesus warned that many will claim to cast out demons and performed miracles in His name. The coming of the 'lawless one' will be displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders which will deceive those who do not know the truth. The false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles and deceive many. Miracle working demons will confer with the rulers of the world to battle against the Lord on Judgement Day.

Be careful however not to attribute any work of Holy Spirit to Satan as was done in Jesus' time.

As shown in (5), saints attentive to the stirring of Holy Spirit will be able to recognise the source of the alleged miracles.