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  • Defining "miracle“ is of utmost importance as it leads directly to revealing our view of God Sumair Mirza
  • Word Association • What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word “miracle”? • What is a “miracle”?
  • Probing questions… • Is it the result or how it is done or both? • Is it our perception and does that factor in? • Can we explain them or are they inherently unexplainable? View slide
  • Definitions… mir·a·cle (mir-uh-kuhl) –noun 1. an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. 2. such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God. 3. a wonder; marvel. 4. a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality: a miracle of modern acoustics. View slide
  • Definitions… duvnamiß (doo'-nam-is) / Noun Feminine Word Origin duvnamai (doo'-nam-ahee) / Verb 1. to be able, have power whether by virtue of one's own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom 2. to be able to do something 3. to be capable, strong and powerful Definition 1. strength power, ability a. inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth b. power for performing miracles c. moral power and excellence of soul d. the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth e. power and resources arising from numbers f. power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts
  • Definitions… Tevraß (ter'-as) / Noun Neuter Word Origin Unknown Definition • a prodigy, portent • miracle: performed by any one
  • Definitions… duvnamiß (doo'-nam-is) / Noun Feminine Word Origin duvnamai (doo'-nam-ahee) / Verb 1. to be able, have power whether by virtue of one's own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom 2. to be able to do something 3. to be capable, strong and powerful Definition 1. strength power, ability a. inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth b. power for performing miracles c. moral power and excellence of soul d. the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth e. power and resources arising from numbers f. power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts
  • Definitions… shmei'on (say-mi'-on) / Noun Neuter Word Origin from a presumed derivative of the base of shmaivnw (say-mah'-ee-no) / Verb 1. to give a sign, to signify, indicate 2. to make known Definition 1. a sign, mark, token a. that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known b. a sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature 2. of signs portending remarkable events soon to happen 3. of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God's
  • What is the purpose of the “miracles”? • Where is the focus? • In all of His miracles there is almost a disengagement from the miracle event so that we can focus on the meaning. • He demonstrated his marvelous ability to master the processes of nature. • It’s found in it’s all-encompassing definition: • Defined as: a miracle is an unusual and significant event (terasa) which requires the working of a supernatural agent (dunamis) and is performed for the purpose of authenticating the message or the messenger (semeion).
  • Scriptural declaration of purpose of miracles… • 1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. - Hebrews 2:1-4 Examination of Old Testament and New Testament miracles shows that when a human is the agent performing a miracle, the purpose is authentication of the person and his message. For example: Moses, Elijah, Jesus, Apostles
  • A) Observation/Progression: The progression is the strongest thread that ties the story together as a creative whole. One might follow the progression: • geographically - e.g. Peter in the boat, out of the boat, on the shore, etc. • logically - With a logical progression there is a cause/effect relationship. (For example, the theological principles explained in Eph. 1-3 result in a certain lifestyle (Eph 4-6). Theological -> practical. Or perhaps within one miracle account you might notice that Jesus’ miracle caused different reactions in the healed person, the bystanders, the Pharisees and disciples.) • biographically - the focus is on people or conversations • ideologically - a concept, idea or truth that is emphasized • chronologically - like the parable of the vineyard workers
  • B) Interpretation • What does it mean theologically? Ask three questions: 1. What was the meaning for the Jews/people who witnessed the miracle? 2. What was the meaning for the disciples? 3. What was the meaning for the person healed? If we come to a different conclusion than someone else, then I think one of us is wrong. If we are wrong, then it is because we did poor observation or have some theological bias.
  • C) Application • What does it mean to me? Although there may be only one interpretation, there can be many applications. Summary of the process: We need to study the events of the miracle (observation), determine what truths it teaches (interpretation) and then determine how the truths apply to us (application).
  • Jesus Changes Water to Wine (only recorded in John) 1On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, 2and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine." 4"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come." 5His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you." 6Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water"; so they filled them to the brim. 8Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet." They did so, 9and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." 11This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
  • Purpose? 1. Demonstrate God’s miracle of creativity 2. “You saved the best for last” may be an allusion similar to Hebrew 1. “Heb 1:1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son ...” 3. Jesus is commanding servants to act in defiling ways with Jewish water pots to accomplish His purposes. Is that important? Yes, Jesus is demonstrating that He is superior to the rituals and traditions of the Pharisees. He will do this several times throughout His ministry. 4. Faith of disciples
  • Application… • Jesus is greater than Mary • Mary submitted to Jesus • We shouldn’t demand that God meet our schedule or desires. He will do what He wants when He wants. • Jesus sanctioned the institution of marriage by his presence at the wedding and reception. • Jesus made the wedding celebration even more enjoyable by providing the wine. Therefore, God is interested in our joy as well as our needs. • The disciples believed, therefore, the right response to seeing the glorious person and work of Christ is to believe. Notice that even the first miracle has the purpose of building faith. Jesus starts off by pointing out that it is not the hour and then performs a miracle anyway. This miracle was glorious, but it was not the hour of glory. All the miracles build up to the what is most important - the most glorious work of Christ - His death - which is the basis of genuine saving faith. • The servants saw the same miracle (from a closer vantage point than anyone else), but there is no record of their faith. Principle: Many see the works of God and do not respond in faith. • Jesus created wine with apparent age. Significance for the creation/evolution debate. Evolutionists say that the earth has to be millions of years old because of the empirical evidence. But ask yourself the question. If God made a tree on Monday and you cut it down on Tuesday, ho w many rings would it have? If God created the world, why couldn’t He create it with apparent age? If you take God out of the equation, the world looks old. But if God did it 10,000 years ago, and created everything with age, then the empirical evidence for the age of the earth is not a conflict with scripture. There is no empirical evidence for transition of life forms. Consequently, scientists have opted for abrupt appearance as the explanation for the origin of life on earth. What better explanation of abrupt appearance than the creation account in Genesis?
  • Miracles Defining "miracle“ is of utmost importance as it leads directly to revealing our view of God… Our understanding of Him Our position, and Our faith Source(s): bible.org
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