My 10 Favorite Bible Miracles

by Robert Driskell · Print Print · Email Email

This article will be more devotional than educational. Miracles are when God interrupts the normal processes of our universe and does something so out of the ordinary that we cannot help but glorify Him and praise Him. I would like to take the opportunity, in this article, to comment on some of my favorite of God’s miracles, and once again give Him the glory.

Creation (Genesis 1-2)

Think about it: there was nothing, then God spoke, and the universe came into existence. I cannot begin to imagine what that would have looked like. What I do know, from the Bible, is that God created the universe with a plan in His mind. He invites us to be a part of His plan with Him, and He gives us the choice to follow Him and enjoy His presence forever or to reject His offer of salvation and be consigned to an eternity of misery apart from Him.

The worldwide flood (Genesis 7-8)

What has always amazed me about the flood account, besides the sheer power involved in making it happen, was that God spared anyone at all. The Bible tells us that the world was wicked and, for the most part, unsalvageable. God could have destroyed it all and started over, or not started over. Nevertheless, he saved eight people to bless and continue the human race. To me, this is an incredible example of His mercy, grace, and power.

The ten plagues against Egypt (Exodus 7:20-12:30)

This miracle is a tragic reminder that God is also the one who judges humanity. The Egyptian Pharaoh not only mistreated God’s people, but he also rejected God and His rule. God showed him, Egypt, and the world (through the record of the Bible) that, although He is merciful and longsuffering, He also judges sin and sinful people. God’s dealing with Egypt is a stark reminder of this fact.

Crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31)

God miraculously intervened by parting the waters of the sea, allowing the Israelites safe passage...

God miraculously intervened by parting the waters of the sea, allowing the Israelites safe passage…

Israel was fleeing for their lives from the Pharaoh’s armies. The Red Sea stood between them and freedom; it appeared as if Israel would soon be wiped out or taken back into captivity by Egypt. However, God miraculously intervened by parting the waters of the sea, allowing the Israelites safe passage across to the other side, and then causing the armies of Egypt to be drowned as the waters returned to their original place. This is both a picture of God’s mercy and loving care, to Israel, and His judgment, on Egypt.

Fiery furnace (Daniel 3:8-30)

Daniel’s three friends would not bow to the Godless king; therefore, the king had them thrown into a furnace as their punishment. When the king looked into the furnace, he saw what looked like four men inside, walking around unscathed by the immense heat…the Lord was with the three men, protecting and sustaining them in the midst of what was meant to be their execution. As believers, Jesus walks with us, sustaining, encouraging, and protecting us.

Jesus feeding the 4000 (Matthew 15:32; Mark 8:1) and 5000 (Matthew 14:15; Mark 6:30; Luke 9:10; John 6:1-14)

In these two instances, large crowds had been following Jesus, listening to His teaching for most of the day. This group was hungry, but they apparently still wanted to hear more of Jesus’ teaching. Jesus miraculously took a meager lunch of a few fish and a few loaves of bread and fed thousands of people. One of the many lessons we can learn from this is that Jesus can take what may look insufficient to us and turn it into the answer to our prayers. Many times we face things that are overwhelming when we try to face them on our own. Nevertheless, when we rely on Jesus, He sees us through anything we might ever have to face.

Raising Lazarus from the Dead (John 11:38-44)

Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, had died…four days before!! Jesus brought Lazarus back to life and told him to walk out of his tomb. Jesus demonstrates His power over death at the same time He exhibits His love for His friends. Followers of Jesus are much more than His friends; we have been forgiven of our sin, and have been made co-heirs with Jesus in His Kingdom (Romans 8:17). I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I know it means that Jesus cares for you and me as much as He cares for His friend Lazarus…and He will raise us up too.

Temple tax in fish’s mouth (Matthew 17:24-27)

While this episode may illustrate many things, the one I wish to focus on is that Jesus provides for our every need. In this case, Jesus miraculously provided money to pay for taxes. Since He is able, and willing, to supply the mundane requirements of life, how much more will He supply the needs of our hearts, heal the hurts, guide us, and give us strength when we are weak?

Jesus heals the servant’s severed ear (Luke 22:50-51)

This struck me as one of the tenderest moments in Jesus’ recorded life. Amidst all the turmoil of His being taken captive by those who would kill Him, Jesus took the time to heal the severed ear of one of the men who was there to do Him harm. This is a powerful lesson in forgiveness for us. If Jesus, whom we are to be like, not only forgave His enemy, but also healed him, should we not attempt to be more forgiving to those who would do us harm?

The Resurrection (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21)

This is the greatest miracle of all time. Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross; then, three days later, He arose from the grave. He is Lord of all, Savior, He conquered death, and offers everyone salvation if they will simply live for Him. The Bible says that He, “…was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4 ESV). There is an eternally important message in every miracle Jesus did.

Conclusion

Jesus’ did not perform miracles to simply show off. Every miracle He did, He did for a reason. The miracles Jesus did attest to Who He is, what He has done, and how we can be partakers of His grace. Only the willfully blind, the ones who choose not to see, could miss the message of Jesus’ miracles. “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31 ESV).

Take a look at this article, also about miracles: Miracles of Jesus

Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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DocReits November 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

Good article Robert,

“Only the willfully blind, the ones who choose not to see, could miss the message of Jesus’ miracles.”

Amen!

Do you wonder at times how mankind refuses to believe in the face of so much evidence? Personally I believe men’s hearts are blinded, much like Pharaoh’s, in the example you gave(Jn 12:40, Eph 4:18, 2 Cor 4:4).

It is frustrating when speaking with those who discount God’s evidences of His existence and refuse to believe. Thank you for the reminders of the wonders of our God.

Blessings,

DocReits

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DocReits November 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Hi Robert,

Could you expand on your comment on willful blindness? The Bible speaks of this in 2 Pet 3:5. Luther says we can reject God although our will is dead, which makes no sense to me. Calvin says the pre-saved are drawn by “irresistible” Grace, which, IMO, makes us robots, wound up by God, and Jacob Armenius says that God gives each man a measure of faith or Prevenient Grace (Rom 12:3).

I think that the whole “willful” thing comes down to the “whosoever wills” and the “whosoever won’ts” (Jn 3:16) as your comment suggests. I struggle with the whole choosing aspect from God’s perspective. I have read the good articles on this site by Pastor Jack on this subject but I was wondering what you thought.

One last thought which adds to these ideas. God originally “chose” Abraham out of all the inhabitants of the earth. This seems a different choosing than Lot or Noah as the Bible does not suggest that Abraham was the last man, at his time, who was not entirely given over to wickedness as in the former two examples.

Abraham said “yes” to God and sojourned out of Ur but God chose Abraham, not vice versa. My belief is that God knew Abraham’s heart and that Abraham would say “yes” to God. God left all of the other people of the world and chose this eventual people (Israel) to be “His Chosen” people, which by extension, through His Grace, we now are.

Are we, the “chosen” of God, still being individually called out by God as Abraham to simply say “yes” to God’s Son (God knowing that we will)? Is the Great Commission, using Christ in us, simply a “wake up call” to those who are still “the Chosen People”, God knowing full well, those who are the children of disobedience….those already known by Him, who will, willfully reject Him? You can see my struggle in the nature of these questions.

Blessings,

DocReits

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Robert November 18, 2013 at 8:59 am

Hi Doc,
Thanks for reading and commenting. You always have something interesting to contribute. May I suggest you read this article I wrote concerning the subject you asked about?
http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/do-atheists-really-believe-there-is-no-god/

Then we can expand and expound on it further. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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DocReits November 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thank you Robert,

I read the article you wrote on the link and the associated linked articles on that post. They were helpful in understanding your position. I agree, it is probably the most asked question by Christians and non-Christians alike and perhaps the most difficult to grasp, next to the Trinity.

I am still unsettled with your position. It certainly is comforting to think God allows those who have not heard of Christ a pathway to heaven. I know prominent Christian Evangelists such as Billy and Franklin Graham hold such a position as well.

This notion that Christ provides the Way and only that Way is the path to heaven but many may find it through their hearts seeking God through His revelation(nature and personal) as they live godly lives, and are a Law unto themselves(Rom 2:14).

Pastor Jack hints at this in his article but swings back later and implies(to me) knowledge of Christ alone for salvation. (Jack, please step in here and correct me if I am wrong.)

I personally swing both ways and am unsettled. I see how God chose certain people and nations to be separate from the world. Why did he choose such a stiff necked people as Israel has been asked by 1000’s through the centuries. Why did He choose Abraham, Jacob, and Paul, such flawed people(like me), for example, to be His conduit through which His promise and message would come to mankind?

God had no mercy on the Canaanites when the armies of Joshua took the promised land. God forbade(Acts 16:6) Paul to go into Asia for a reason we do not know. God chose Jacob and “hated” Esau before they were born. I don’t want to make an idol and worship a god that does not exist. I would like to think that things would be “fairer” in my mind if God allowed all humanity to have the opportunity to be saved.

So here is the crux of the dilemma. Do we not understand that God chose a particular, peculiar people to be saved, and those people are only those who hear about Jesus Christ and will be the “saved”…the special “Bride of Christ” and perhaps these others will be those who were spoken about by the angel to John in Rev 22:10b,11 “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

In my mind the jury is still out. It is a burning question, and I realize that we must continue to present the Gospel to the world. My frustration is that is it fair to continue to preach the Gospel to those who have heard it so many times and have still rejected it, when there are those who have not heard at all. I personally support missions such as Wycliffe who are getting the Word out to people who have never had a Bible in their language and American Bible Society who distribute Bibles worldwide to get the Word to the un-reached.

I get a little frustrated(may I say angry) at those who refuse to believe who have heard so many times. This point argues for (Calvin) the saints whom God knows and the unbelievers whom He also knows…. and all the preaching in the world will not change this. In the meantime we press on preaching the Word ….but my question is still not settled.

Thank you for that link again. It answered my question on where you come down on this matter.

DocReits

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