The Miracles of Jesus the Messiahby E. Keith Howick
The Life of Jesus the Messiah is a five-volume set that discusses the life of Jesus Christ topically. In volume 1, the miracles performed by Jesus are discussed. Their nature is explained and both the historical impact they had on the Jews living at the time of Jesus and their significance to us today is discussed. The volume's organization makes it an ideal… See more details below
The Life of Jesus the Messiah is a five-volume set that discusses the life of Jesus Christ topically. In volume 1, the miracles performed by Jesus are discussed. Their nature is explained and both the historical impact they had on the Jews living at the time of Jesus and their significance to us today is discussed. The volume's organization makes it an ideal resource for both students and instructors. The volume includes complete scriptural references to the King James Bible, footnotes, a complete index, and a scripture index allowing readers to quickly find relevant commentary.
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The miracle is a most extraordinary thing. It appears to run counter to life's experience and facts. Yet within sacred scripture, the miracle is seemingly a daily occurrence. One cannot read the Bible, either the Old or the New Testament, without encountering miracle upon miracle. Moses, for example, led the rebellious and unbelieving Israelites from day to day by miracles, and those people were held in wondering awe of God, for Israel's God was a God of miracles.
In Pharaoh's court, at the direction of Moses, Aaron cast down his rod and it became a serpent. Pharaoh immediately called upon his magicians and they did likewise. Aaron's rod then swallowed up the rods of the magicians (see Exodus 7:10-12). Thus began the great exhibition of signs and wonders to persuade Pharaoh to let enslaved Israel go.
The magicians continued to duplicate the signs and wonders that God had given Moses. They also turned water to blood (see Exodus 7:19-22) and brought the plague of frogs (see Exodus 8:5-7) upon the land of Egypt. But thereafter, the magicians could no longer duplicate the miraculous plagues of lice and flies, cattle disease, boils, hail, locusts, and finally, the death of the firstborn; and they were forced to admit, "This is the finger of God" (Exodus 8:19).
This was the beginning of the miraculous events that became Israel's heritage. Miracles had occurred prior to Moses' time, but Moses was the great wonder-worker. By the power of God he parted the Red Sea and delivered the Israelites from the oppressive hands of their enemies. The Lord fed them manna from heaven for forty years in the wilderness, and even their "raiment waxed not old upon [them], . . . these forty years" (Deuteronomy 8:4). To this richness was added Elijah and Elisha, other prophets, and the traditions and writings of the Rabbis.
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