Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Treasure Hunt

Last week was a hard week! There were several days I had emotional breakdowns about all the drama around me. Ya know, sometimes you can pray, cry, talk to others, and read the bible yet you are not magically and instantly better. But...

Take heart - and take Psalm 77. 

"When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted....I thought about the former days...I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember your miracles of long ago." Then the psalmist recounts the exodus of God's people through the Red Sea.

So last week I took my own soul, that refused to be comforted, and followed this psalmists lead. I decided to reflect on God's miracles recorded in scripture too. Sometimes, we all simply read over bible miracles like they are every day occurrences or something. Well, get ready to be amazed! 

My journey last week went like this:

Step One: I went on a treasure hunt...for bible miracles! I love an amazing God and just because I'm having a hard time doesn't mean I have nothing to be inspired by.  

Step Two: Start reflecting. When days are hard, I pick out one miracle and really mediated on it that day to let my heart be moved. And...


Okay, here are some miracles for you to consider...enjoy!!
Excerpt from website I found: "We need to recognize two basic types of miracles - miracles of creation (which supersede the basic laws of nature) and miracles of providence (which operates within those laws but which manipulate the timing, location or rate of natural processes).

Creation Of Matter
Miracle And Reference
Creation of Physical Cosmos:  Geneis 1:1; 2:4; Col. 1:16
Fire and Brimstone:  Genesis 19:24
The Unconsumed Burning Bush:  Exodus 3:3
Daily Bread From Heaven: Exodus 16:35
Water from the Rock: Exodus 17:6
Unfailing Oil and Meal: 1 Kings 17:14
Elijah’s Meal in the Wilderness:  1 Kings 19:6
Increase of the Widow’s Oil:  2 Kings 4:2-6
Feeding of One Hundred Men:  2 Kings 4:42-44
Feeding Five Thousand Men:  Matt. 14:21; Mk. 6:44; Lk. 9:14-17; John 6:10,11
Feeding Four Thousand Men:  Matthew 15:34-38; Mark 8:4-9

Creation of Energy, Force, or Power
Miracle  And  Reference
Energizing the Created Cosmos:  Genesis 1:2,3
Translation of Enoch:  Genesis 5:24
Smoking Furnace and Burning Lamp:  Genesis 15:17
Pillar of Cloud and Fire:  Exodus 13:21
Wall of Water at the Red Sea:  Exodus 14:29
Giving of the Law on Sinai:  Exodus 24:12-18; 31:18
Glory Cloud in the Tabernacle:  Exodus 40:35
Burning of Nadab and Abihu:  Leviticus 10:1,2
Fire of the Lord at Taberah:  Numbers 11:1,2
Sun and Moon Standing Still:  Joshua 10:11-14
Consumption of Gideon’s Offering:  Judges 6:21
Glory Cloud in the Temple:  1 Kings 8:10,11; 2 Chronicles 7:1,2
Fire on Elijah’s People:  1 Kings 18:37-39
Elijah’s Deliverance by Fire from Heaven: 2 Kings 1:10-14
Parting of the Water by Elijah’s Mantle:  2 Kings 2:8
Translation of Elijah:  2 Kings 2:11
Parting of the Waters by Elisha:  2 Kings 2:14
The Floating Ax-head:  2 Kings 6:6
Reversing Shadow on the Sun Dial:  2 Kings 20:11; Isaiah 38:8
Translation of Ezekiel:  Ezekiel 3:14,15
Protection in the Fiery Furnace:  Daniel 3:20-26
Voice from Heaven at Christ’s Baptism:  Matt. 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22
Walking on the Water:  Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:19
Transfiguration of Christ:  Matthew 17:2,3; Mark 9:2,3; Luke 9:29-31
Darkness at the Cross:  Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:45
Rending of the Temple Veil:  Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45
Ascension of Christ:  Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9
Translation of Philip:  Acts 8:39
Rapture of Paul to Paradise:  2 Corinthians 12:2-4

Creation of Order, Information, or Complexity
Miracle  And  Reference
Formation of Atmosphere and Hydrosphere:  Genesis 1:6-8
Formation of Lithosphere and Biosphere:  Genesis 1:9-13
Formation of Astrophere:  Genesis 1:14-19
Formation of Air and Water Animals:  Genesis 1:20-23
Formation of Land Animals:  Genesis 1:24,25
Formation of Man and Woman:  Genesis 1:26,27
Formation of New Tongues at Babel:  Genesis 11:9
Restoration of Moses’ Leprous Hand:  Exodus 4:7
Turning of Rivers into Blood:  Exodus 7:20
Balaam’s Donkey Enabled to Speak:  Numbers 22:28
Healing of Naaman’s Leprosy:  2 Kings 5:14
Healing the Leper:  Matt. 8:3; Mark 1:40,41; Luke 5:12-14
Healing of the Centurion’s Servant:  Matthew 8:13; Luke 7:1-10
Healing of Two Blind Men:  Matthew 9:29-30
Healing a Withered Hand:  Matthew 12:13; Mark 3:5; Luke 6:10
Healing of the Blind and Dumb Demoniac: Mathew 12:22; Luke 11:14
Healing Two Blind Men at Jericho:  Matthew 20:30-34
Healing of the Ten Lepers:  Luke 17:12-14
Turning Water into Wine:  John 2:9-11
Healing of the Nobleman’s Son: John 4:46-52 
Healing of the Crippled Man at Bethesda:  John 5:9
Sight for the Man Born Blind:  John 9:1-7
The Great Catch of Fishes:  John 21:11
Healing at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple:  Acts 3:6-8
Healing of the Cripple at Lystra:  Acts 14:8-10

Creation of Biological Life
Miracle  And  Reference
Creation of Life (Nephesh):  Genesis 1:21
Conception of Isaac:  Gnesis 21:1,2
Transformation of Rod to Serpent:  Exodus 4:2-4
Budding of Aaron’s Rod:  Numbers 17:8
Raising the Widow’s Son:  1 Kings 17:22
Raising the Shunammite’s Son:  2 Kings 4:33-36
Raising at the Tomb of Elisha:  2 Kings 13:21
The Handwriting on the Wall:  Daniel 5:5
Raising of Jairus’s Daughter:  Matthew 9:25
Bodies of Saints Rising:  Matthew 27:52
Raising of the Widows’s Son:  Luke 7:15
Raising of Lazarus:  John 11:43,44
Raising of Tabitha by Peter:  Acts 9:40,41
Raising of Eutychus by Paul:  Acts 20:9-12

Creation of Spiritual Life, or Spiritual Renewal
Miracle  And  Reference
Creation of Man in the Image of God:  Genesis 1:27
Entering of the Holy Spirit into Ezekiel:  Ezekiel 2:2
Virgin Birth of Christ:  Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38
Resurrection of Christ:  Matthew 8:6; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-25
Coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost:  Acts 2:2-6
Reception of the Holy Spirit by Laying on of Hands:  Acts 8:17
Conversion of Saul:  Acts 9:3-7
Holy Spirit Received at the House of Cornelius:  Acts 10:44-46
Holy Spirit Received by the Disciples of John:  Acts 19:6

Miracles performed within the two basic laws governing natural processes, but requiring divine or angelic control of process rate and timing.

Miracle  And  Reference
Simultaneous Eruption of Fountains of the Deep:  Genesis 7:11
Forty-day Global Rain:  Genesis 7:12
Global Wind to Assuage the Flood:  Genesis 8:1
Establishment of the Rainbow:  Genesis 9:13
Removal of the Plague of Flies:  Exodus 8:31
Plague of Hail and Fire:  Exodus 9:23,24
Stopping of the Hail and Fire:  Exodus 9:33
Wind to Remove the Locusts:  Exodus 10:19
Plague of Thick Darkness:  Exodus 10:23
Sweetening of the Waters of Marah:  Exodus 15:25
Wind to Bring in the Quail:  Numbers 11:31
Earthquake to Swallow Korah:  Numbers 16:31-33
Water from the Rock at Meribah:  Numbers 20:10,11
Non-aging Raiment:  Deuteronomy 8:4
Drying of the Jordan:  Josgua 3:15-17
Collapse of the Walls of Jericho:  Joshua 6:20
Stars Fighting Against Sisera:  Judges 5:20,21
Consumption of Gideon’s Offering:  Judges 6:21
Wet Fleece and Dry Ground:  Judges 6:38
Dry Fleece and Wet Ground:  Judges 6:40
Consumption of Manoah’s Offering:  Judges 13:19,20
Thunder on the Philistines:  1 Samuel 7:10
Thunder and Rain for Samuel:  1 Samuel 12:18
The Great Trembling Among the Philistines:  1 Samuel 14:15,16
Sound in the Mulberry Trees:  2 Samuel 5:24
Elijah’s Three-and-one-half-year Drought:  1 Kings 17:1
End of the Drought:  1 Kings 18:42-45
Wind, Earthquake, and Fire:  1 Kings 19:11,12
Healing of the Waters:  2 Kings 2:21
Water Seen as Blood:  2 King 3:22
Meal to Heal Death in the Pot:  2 Kings 4:40,41
Jonah’s Ship and the Tempest:  Jonah 1:4
Star of Bethlehem:  Matthew 2:2-9
Stilling the Waves:  Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24
Earthquake at Calvary:  Matthew 27:51
Earthquake at the Tomb:  Matthew 28:2
Opening of the Tomb:  Matthew 28:2; Mark 16:4; Luke 24:2; John 20:1
Shaking in the Disciple’s Room:  Acts 4:31
Opening the Prison Doors:  Acts 5:19
Release of Peter from Prison:  Acts 12:5-7
Earthquake in Philippian Prison:  Acts 16:25,26

Control of Biological Process Rates or Timing
Miracle And Reference
Migration of Animals to Noah’s Ark:  Genesis 6:20
Transmutation of Lot’s Wife into Salt:  Genesis 19:26
Plague of Frog Multiplication:  Exodus 8:6
Death of Frogs:  Exodus 8:13
Plague of Lice:  Exodus 8:17
Plague of Flies:  Exodus 8:24
Plague of Murrain on Cattle:  Exodus 9:3
Plague of Locusts:  Exodus 10:13-15
Non-swelling Feet:  Deuteronomy 8:4
Jonah Preserved in the Whale:  Jonah 2:10
The Gourd and the Worm:  Jonah 4:6,7
Withering of the Fig Tree:  Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:20,21
Heavy Draught of Fishes:  Luke 5:6

Acceleration of Decay Processes in Human Bobies
Miracle  And  Reference
Mark on Cain:  Genesis 4:15
Plague on Pharaoh’s House:  Genesis 12:17
Blindness of the Sodomites:  Genesis 19:11
Barrenness of Abimelech’s Wives:  Genesis 20:18
Shrinking of Jacob’s Thigh:  Genesis 32:25
Leprosy in Moses’ Hand:  Exodus 4:6
Plague of Boils:  Exodus 9:10
Plague of Firstborns Death:  Exodus 12:29
Plague from Eating Quail:  Numbers 11:33
Miriam’s Leprosy:  Numbers 12:10
Plague from Following Balaam:  Numbers 25:8,9
Destruction of Samson’s Strength:  Judges 16:17-19
Plague from Presence of the Ark:  1 Samuel 5:2-11; 6:19
Death of Uzzah from Touching the Ark:  2 Samuel 6:6,7
Plague from David’s Census:  2 Samuel 24:15,16
Leprosy on Elisha’s Servant:  2 Kings 5:27
Blindness of the Syrians:  2 Kins 6:18
Slaying of Sennacherib’s Army:  2 Kings 19:35
Uzziah’s Leprosy:  2 Chronicles 26:19,20
Madness of Nebuchadnezzar:  Daniel 4:31-33
Death of Christ:  Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46; John 19:30
Dumbness of Zacharias:  Luke 1:20
Death of Ananias:  Acts 5:5
Death of Sapphira:  Acts 5:10
Death of Herod:  Acts 12:23
Blindness of Elymas:  Acts 13:11

Acceleration of Healing Processes in Human Bodies
Miracle And Reference
Removal of Plague from Pharaoh’s House:  Genesis 12:17
Healing the Womb of Abimelech’s Wife:  Genesis 20:17
Rebekah’s Barrenness Healed:  Genesis 25:21
Rachel Made Fertile:  Genesis 30:22
Healing of the Serpent Bites:  Numbers 21:8
Restoration of Samson’s Strength:  Judges 16:28-30
Conception of Samuel:  1 Samuel 1:27
Stopping of the Numbering Plague:  2 Samuel 24:16
Conception by the Shunammite:  2 Kings 4:17
Healing of Hezekiah:  2 Kings 20:5-7
Removal of Nebuchadnezzar’s Madness:  Daniel 4:34-36
Healing of Peter’s Mother-in-law:  Matthew 8:15; Mark 1:31; Luke 4:39
Healing of the Palsied Man:  Matthew 9:6; Mark 2:12; Luke 5:25
Stopping the Issue of Blood:  Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:29; Luke 8:47
Healing of the Deaf and Dumb Man:  Mark 7:32-35
The Blind at Bethsaida:  Mark 8:22-25
Blind of Bartimaeus:  Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43
Conception of John the Baptist:  Luke 1:24
Removal of Zacharias’s Dumbness:  Luke 1:64
Man with the Dropsy:  Luke 14:4
Restoration of the Severed Ear:  Luke 22:51
Removal of Saul’s Blindness:  Acts 9:18
Healing of Aeneas:  Acts 9:33,34
Healing of the Viper Bite:  Acts 28:3-6
Healing of Publius’s Father:  Acts 28:8

Casting Out Demons
Miracles And Reference
Evil Spirit in Saul:  1 Samuel 16:23
Two Men in the Gaderene Tombs:  Matthew 8:28-32; Mark 5:2-13; Luke 8:26-33
Dumb Man in Capernaum:  Matthew 9:32,33
Blind and Dumb Man:  Matthew 12:22; Luke 11:14
Syro-Phoenician Woman’s Daughter:  Matthew 15:22-28; Mark 7:25-30
Demon-possessed Child:  Matthew 17:14-18; Mark 9:17-27; Luke 9:38-42
Capernaum Synagogue Demoniac:  Mark 1:23-26; Luke 4:31-37
Mary Magdalene:  Luke 8:2
Woman with Spirit of Infirmity:  Luke 13:11-13
Damsel at Philippi:  Acts 16:18

Providential Timing of Events
Miracles And Reference
Meeting of Rebekah and the Servant:  Genesis 24:14,15
Growth of Jacob’s Flock:  Genesis 31:9
Holding Up Moses’ Hands:  Exodus 17:11
Identification of Guilty Achan:  Joshua 7:18
Blessing on House of Obed-Edom:  2 Samuel 6:12
Prophet Slain by the Lion:  1 Kings 13:24
Elijah Fed by Raven:  1 Kings 17:6
Elisha and the Bear:  2 Kings 2:24
Deliverance of Jehoshaphat:  2 Chronicles 20:20-24
Daniel in the Lion’s Den: Daniel 6:22
Preparation of Jonah’s Fish:  Jonah 1:17
Tribute Money and the Fish:  Matthew 17:27

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