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      By, James & Mary Lee Thornton

Healing

A Study Of Miracle In The Bible

By, James & Mary Lee Thornton

The Bible is a Miracle Book. The Bible itself is a Miracle. Everything about the Bible is Supernatural, from the opening statement in Genesis 1:1 to the closing verses in Revelation. We will be looking at several miracles form both the Old and the New Testament. The Bible treats miracles as a divine event, in other words, as the Lord intervening into the natural order of nature. We hope you will follow as we read and describe these interventions of God.

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1. Introduction

    1a. Definition Of A Miracle

2. The Miracle Of Creation

3. Old Testament Miracles

4. When Death Come To The Door

5. Miracles Elisha’s Ministry

    5a. Obtaining A Miracle

    5b. The Healing Of Naaman’s Leprosy

    5c. The House Of Rimmon

    5d. The Man Who Spoiled A Good Record, 2 Kings 5:20-27

    5e. God Multiplied The Widow’s Oil

    5f. Miraculous Supply During A Famine 

6. New Testament Miracles

    6a. When Life Met Death

    6b. The Christ Pities   

    6c. Jesus Heals A Syro-Phenican Woman’s Daughter

7. How To Receive Divine Healing

    7a. Know God’s Will

    7b. Be Willing To Be Carried

    7c. Obey To The Absurdity

    7d. Over Come All Obstacles

    7e. Remove All Doubt

    7f. Remember God Is No Respecter Of Persons

    7g. Don’t Take No For An Answer

    7h. Go To Jesus Again

     7i. Don’t Lose Hope

8. Miracles In The Early Church

    8a. Miracle Of The Lame Man

    8b. Miracle Of Peter’s Shadow

    8c. Miracle Of Opened Prison Doors

    8d. Miraculous Power Working Through Philip

    8e. Miraculous Conversion Of Saul

    8f. Healing Of Aeneas

    8g. Healing Of Dorcus

    8h. Miraculous Deliverance Of Peter From Prison

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1. Introduction:

We will begin our Study Of Miracles Of The Bible by the miracle of the Bible itself.

1. We first note The Miracle Of Inspiration. Holy men of old were inspired (aroused by divine influence) to write the Bible (2 Peter 1:21). Men did not write their own opinions but they wrote what God put in their minds and hearts.

What they wrote was verified by the Lord himself while He was here on earth.  Jesus said, “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”   (Matthew 5:18).

2. The Miracle Of Its Antiquity. This book took 1,500 years to complete. Most books are written in a matter of months and at the most a year or two. The Bible contains some of the oldest written statements in existence.

The Bible has been completed 2,000 years and is as alive today as ever and is read every day. How many books that are 1,000 years old that is read today, and every day? It has been said of the thousands of book printed over the last 300 years only a very, very, small percentage of them has been reprinted, and most of those concerns the Bible.

After five years, an ordinary book is generally reckoned to be dead by the publisher. Yet century after century the Bible has increased its circulation. The Bible is still the world’s best-seller, even though it is thousands of years old.

The Bible has been translated into almost every language and dialect on earth with a yearly production of over 50,000,000 copies sold annually. No other book comes close.

3. The Miracle Of Its Accuracy. Archaeology has only proved the Bible records. Eminent scholars have confessed to changed attitudes towards it, after careful study. So Far the Bible has never been proved wrong on any subject it treats.

4. The Miracle Of It’s Presentation:
Nothing that man or Devil has done has been sufficient to destroy “The Word of the Lord enduring forever.” It has been publicly burnt. It has carried the death penalty for its possession. But all efforts to exterminate it have failed. Even now, in this the 20th century, it is universally honored. It can be found in most homes in the civilized world. Snow igloos of far north, the bamboo huts of the tropics, the skin tents of the Bedouins and the boat houses of the Chinese river people.

5. The Miracle Of Its Abiding Power:
Supernatural in its preparation and preservation, the Bible is likewise supernatural in its power. No other book has influenced men and nations like the Bible.

It produces miracles in hearts and lives of those who read and believe it. It is still living, active, “sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

6. Preparation For A Miracle:
When we come to the place where we can truly say, “I know that Thou canst do everything.” or “With God, all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27) Then miracles present no mental difficulty. Faith in the power of God brings miracle to pass in our lives. The Apostles saw and believed in the power of God which was demonstrated in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Peter speaking to a crowd in Jerusalem not long after Jesus ascended back into heaven, Acts 2:22. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

1a. Definition Of A Miracle:

“An event of effect in thr physical world deviating from the known laws of nature.”
“An extra-ordinary, or abnormal event brought on by super-human means.”
“The wonderful phenomena accompanying the Jewish and Christian Era.”

A miracle is the manifestation (showing forth) of the glory and power of God. Jesus’ miracles prove beyond doubt that He had supreme command over nature and also over the soul and body of man.

Many miracles described in the Bible are a deliberate deviation from the laws of nature. God is not only the maker of these laws, He is also the enforcer, or power, behind these4s laws. Having created these laws He has the power to control and change it, or suspend it for a season, according to His will. In other words, Gos is not bound by any law.

If we deny Him the power to terform miracles, then He is no longer a God of freedom, a living God, above nature, and independent of nature.

In our Study Of Miracles Of The Bible we will prove that the Lord is triumphant over all human disorders, whether physical, mental or nervous disorders. He is also triumphant over all cosmic forces, on land, or sea, organic and inorganic, and triumphant over the spirit world represented by the devil, demons, and even death.

Bible Miracles are not gradual, but for the most part are instantaneous. They are not incomplete nor merely temporary, but complete and lasting.

Much of the Church world believes, and teaches, that God does not work miracles in the Church today. Much debate over the exact moment when these miraculous powers were withdrawn from the Church.

They say, “In the place of miracles we have the practical results of Christianity. They are a Church without power. But it was by miracles that the Early Church established itself in the face of idolatry and a pagan society. And, I Say, it is by miracles that the Church maintains supremacy over the gods of this world.

There are those who reject miracles all-together, saying, “They do not happen.” Even modern day preachers rationalize the miracles which are stated do strongly in our Bible. Bible Miracles Are Stated As Facts and by faith we accept tem.

2. The Miracle Of Creation:

We want to begin our Study Of Miracles In The Bible by going to the very first verse in the Bible, and look at the story of creation. Unless we can somehow wrap our mind around this story, and grasp it by faith, I mean really believe it, it will be hard to believe the rest of the Bible.

The Story Of Creation comes up time, and again, throughout the Bible. Its authenticity is verified over and over by Prophets, Apostles, and by Jesus himself. It is a real story, of a real happening, so let us look at it from the standpoint of God’s word.

Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Genesis 2:7. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

The whole wonderful Record Of Creation is compressed in the opening phrase of the Bible. And, I might say, the only authentic record in the world of man’s beginning is found in the words of Genesis 2:7.

Hebrews 11:3. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed (created) by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

If a miracle is something above the comprehension of man, then the formation of the universe was a miracle, and one of the mightiest of miracles. God fashioned the world out of nothing.

Hebrews 11:3. ……so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

There was no preexistent matter to work with. In the building of the ark Noah had Gopher wood to use in the construction. Create is to cause to come into existence, or to produce by one’s own thought or imagination or to be the cause of.

David prepared a vast amount of material for Solomon to build the temple with. Solomon needed workmen and they required tools to work with. (7 years, 2 Chronicles).

But no tools were necessary when the world was created. In all great buildings, ships, roads, and bridges substance was necessary to start with, wood, stone and steel. But in the creation and fashioning of the Universe no material was necessary. God hung the world on nothing.  (Job 26:7) God made the universe with a word. “He spoke and it was done, He commanded and it stood fast.”
(Psalm 3:6-9)

The Disciples marveled that Jesus could calm the sea with a word. But it was a greater miracle to cause the seas of the world to appear with a word. And when the seas covered the whole face of the earth His word caused them to retreat to their chosen places. (Genesis 1:9 – Psalm 104:7)

We want to read some passages from the written word of God.
Jeremiah 31:35. Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:

Isaiah 40:26. “..behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.”

Job 37:5. God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

Even the most intelligent of men will admit to the lack of understanding when faced with questions about the cosmos.

Carl Sagan noted professor of astronomy at Carnell University, author, space scientist, physicists and etc. made this statement, “The dimensions of the Cosmos are so large that using familiar units of distance, such as miles, would make little sense. Instead we use a unit called a light year, the distance light travels in one year, about six trillion miles, an enormous distance. Our own galaxies may be 3 billion light years across. There are some 100 billion known galaxies, each of these contain on the average, a hundred billion stars. In all the Galaxies there are perhaps as many as 1000 times as many planets as stars or ten billion trillion units out there. There are stars that are a million times as large as our sun.”    

Most scientists believe that the universe was born 16 billion years ago in a huge explosion, called the ‘big bang.’ And that everything came into existence at that instant. Unbelievable. They are undecided whether the universe will expand forever, ultimately to die in the vastness of space, or will it collapse and start over in another ‘big bang’ many eons from now? Incredible! Unbelivable!

Let me read you again something even more incredible, Hebrews 11:3 “…the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

Great and marvelous though the present universe is, its tragic end is foretold—as well as its coming transformation into a new heaven and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:10. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Revelation 20:11. “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.”

Revelation 21:1. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

The Bible is not, and was not intended to be, a book on science. Yet I have found that the Bible is not in discord with any true science. However man has many theories which are not in accord with the Bible. The Bible does not speak in theories as man does but with true facts. Let us never be afraid of Science discrediting the Bible, which is, “Forever settled in Heaven,” and will stand when man’s conceived theories cease.

Evolution and the Bible:
Genesis 1:26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Evolution was unknown to the ancient Hebrews and they, therefore, gave God all the Glory of their creation.
Job 10:8. Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.
9. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
10. Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
11. Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews.
Job 12:10. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Job 33:4. The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

David said in Psalm 139:14. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Evolutionists say that man evolved through several different stages until he became an ape then through the missing link, which they have never discovered, man appeared. Dr. Etheridge, curator of the Natural History of the British Museum. “In all this great Museum there is not a particle of evidence of the transmutation of species. Nine tenths of the talk of evolutionists is sheer nonsense. Men adopt a theory and then strain their facts to support it. This museum is full of proofs of the utter falsity of their views.”

3. Old Testament Miracles:

In this study we want to consider Miracles of both the Old Testament and the New Testament. More than 70 Miracles are recorded in the Old Testament, 32 of these Divine interventions took place in Moses’ life. As the Bible did not record every single act of man neither did it record every single act or intervention of God during the first 4,000 years of man’s life.

So it would be safe to say that thousands of Miracles occurred which were not recorded in the Holy record. Even though Miracles are a very conspicuous feature of the Bible, they are not abundant in all parts of the Bible. More than one half of all the Old Testament Miracles are recorded in the first 4 books.

Some books record no Miracles although we can safely say that even their preservation is a miracle in itself. Many Miracles were performed in times of crises. Some were Miracles of great deliverance, the Read Sea and Goliath. The God of the Jews was and is, the God manifest in miraculous acts of deliverance. 5 Kings of the Amorites.  (Joshua 10:5-27)

Many of these Old Testament Miracles resulted in the death of their enemies. In contrast New Testament Miracles were almost entirely acts of mercy, the withered tree, demon possessed swine, and Bar-Jesus. Old Testament Miracles for the most part were born with pangs and ardent intercession.

Many times with a seeming uncertainty as to the outcome, those of Jesus were always accompanied with the greatest ease and with certainty of the issue. Moses had to plead and struggle with God over his sister Miriam’s leprosy. (Numbers 12:13)

Jesus heals a leper by His touch and others sending them to the Priest. Elijah had to tarry long and send his servant up seven times to look for rain. He had to stretch himself three times on a dead child and painfully win back its life. Likewise Elisha, after much effort restored another child to life.

By way of comparison Jesus, as Lord of the living and the dead raised the dead with great ease by His Word. Men have to pray for Miracles to get results, but Jesus commanded them. The Miracles of Jesus of which we have 48 recorded in the four Gospels were also freer and more gentle and greater than The Old Testament Miracles. Elisha fed 100 men with 20 loaves, but Jesus fed 5,000 with 5 loaves
(2 Kings 4:43, -- John 6:11)

Many Old Testament Miracles were wrought by use of some instrument like the Rod of Moses and the Mantle of Elijah to part the waters. A limb off of a tree was used to sweeten the bitter water, meal to remove poison from the pot. But Jesus accomplished His Miracles simply by speaking or by His Touch. He needed no Rod or Instrument to manifest His Power. The water was made into wine simply by obeying him.

4. When Death Comes To The Door:

In this part of the study of Miracles In The Bible we have recorded the first of several incidents of people being raised from the dead. It is an incident which happened during the ministry of Elijah.

Elijah had prophesied that because of the gross sins and idolatry that there would be no rain on the nation of Israel until he gave the word. God shut the heavens and it did not rain for three and one half years. Elijah was sent to live with a widow woman and her son in Zarephath (1 Kings 17:9).

This widow woman and her son were in dire straights because of the famine that was in the land, so God supplied their food through a miraculous supply of meal and oil. This supply lasted until the famine was over. Elijah stayed in this home for an extended period of time (probable 2 years or more). Sometime during this period the boy died and the scripture tells us of the reaction of both the widow and of Elijah.

1 Kings 17:17. “And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him.
18. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? (KJV)
The phrase in verse fifteen which is translated "many days," is understood by some Hebraists to denote a year.

So the phrase in verse seventeen, “and it came to pass after these things,” implies that the widow’s son died after Elijah had been in her house one year. Her son became sick and died. How heartbroken she must have been. He was the last living thing that she had in this world.

Many people become bitter and angry towards God, the church, or the preacher, when things like this happen. She might have had hard thoughts of God, or unworthy thoughts of the prophet. It is a wonder she held fast her integrity. But she only thought harshly of herself.

It must be, she reasoned, a judgment for her sin. The man of God had read her life; and had brought her sin to the remembrance of his master (ver. 18). She had recognized the presence of God with Elijah and witnessed his miraculous power demonstrated in the provisions of the meal and oil. She poured out her bereavement to Elijah in this manner.

1 Kings 17:18. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? (KJV)

She saw the hand of God in the death of her son; she attributed it to Elijah being in her home. Prophets were sent, usually, to reprove, and pronounce judgments. The coming of Samuel to Bethlehem inspired the elders and the people with fear and trembling. (1 Samuel 16:4)

This bereavement, therefore, might suggest to the widow her sin in general, or some particular sin, though not clearly defined to her as yet. She supposed that God might have overlooked her sin, had it not been that he was present with his prophet in her home; and she associated discipline with retribution.

It is significant that the thought of her own sin should be her first thought. The calamity brought this to her remembrance because it seemed to her a sign of God’s remembrance of it. It is a true instinct which leads us to think of our sins in times of adversity. Whenever affliction comes to us it should produce tenderness of conscience and call forth the prayer, “show me wherefore thou contendest with me” (Job 10:2), in order that if there be a secret sin in ourselves that demands this severe discipline we may have grace to fight against it and cast it out.

Death especially should remind us of God, before whose tribunal it conducts us. So it especially should remind us of sin, for it is its wages appointed by God.

An Example Of The Power Of Faith.
Here is a touching scene—a poor widow pressing to her bosom the corpse of her only child, and while in the agony of her bereaved soul, addressing Elijah, she says,
1 Kings 17:18. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?
19. And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. (KJV)

He Had Confidence In God Before He Prayed.
This is evident from the manner in which he asked the widow for the corpse.
He did not tell her what he intended to do. But, on the other hand, neither did he express any hesitation as to the comfort she might expect.

A man of Elijah’s strong nature would have strong affections, and we can imagine how intensely he had come to love this child. This incident shows a side to his character which is often overlooked, one that was tenderly sympathetic and very humane.

On hearing of his death he could only say to the distraught mother, "give me thy son," and then carried him up to his own room, and cried to God in an agony of prayer.

An Example Of Intercessory Prayer.
1 Kings 17:20. And he cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? (KJV)
21. And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. (KJV)

In this incident we have one of the greatest examples of intercessory prayer in the Bible. it was offered in solitude; not even the mother was there. Such intense crisis in life must be met alone.

“Jacob was left alone” in the greatest crisis of his life at Jab-bok (Genesis 32:24), “and there wrestled a man (an angel? or, the Lord himself?) with him until the breaking of the day.”

What a tremendous act of faith for Elijah to ask for life to be restored to the dead child. Elijah was asking for something which had never been tried before, life from the dead. Elijah’s prayer was intensely earnest. (James 5:17) Elijah could not be denied. His was not a speech, but a cry.

Three times he prostrated himself upon the child, each time asking that life be restored to him. He looked for the awakening and flung himself on the dead child in an agony of earnestness as if he would infuse his own warmth and life.

The act was reenacted by Paul when a young man fell out of the third loft and was taken up dead (Acts 20:10). The touch was similar to that of Peter when he took the cripple man by the hand and raised him up (Acts 3:7). The touch was not the cause of blessing, but the medium of blessing. The divine power works through the human agency. Jesus explained this to his disciples. (Mark 16:17-18)

1 Kings 17:22. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. (KJV)

The prayer was followed by a revelation of God’s power such as, till then, man had never seen: the dead were raised. Jesus said, "ask, and ye shall receive," (John 16:24) Elijah could not give life, but he could ask God for it. The soul that asks will see God’s salvation.

1 Kings 17:23. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber  into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth.
24. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth. (KJV)

In the widow’s exclamation we see the joy of a soul that for the first time is made fully conscious of the presence and power of God. Elijah had been in her home for several months and she had been partakers of the Divine power of God in the miraculous provisions of meal and oil. She had also observed Elijah in his daily devotion and prayers, and no doubt had felt the presence of God during his stay in her home.

But at the sight of Elijah bringing her son down from the upper chamber and placing him in her arms and feeling the warmth of his body and hearing the sound of his voice, which before had been silent, at that instant she entered a new dimension of faith. "Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth."

There is a tone of deep satisfaction in these words. It is the satisfaction that springs from the discovery of Divine truth and the vivid sense of God. There is no satisfaction of which the soul of man is capable that can be compared with this.
All forms of Divine manifestations—prophetic visitations, miracles, revelations, blessings, &c.—are designed to bring a person to this point—"I know".

We reach the highest joy possible to us upon this earth when we can say with the Apostle John,
1 John 5:20. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. (KJV)

It was just like many others, who have been associated with the church, enjoying the atmosphere of praise and worship, but never experiencing the full blessings of really knowing the Lord, until one day something happens and causes a special revelation to come to them.

To Abraham it happened at Mam-re (Genesis 15:6), to Jacob at Jab-bok (Genesis 32:24), to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:2), to Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6), and the list could go on and on to include everyone who has had this life changing experience. Very ancient tradition says that this boy became Elijah’s servant (1 Kings 18:43), and was, later, the prophet Jonah.

 5. Miracles In Elisha’s Ministry:

2 Kings 2. tells of the translation of Elijah to heaven in a chariot of fire. Elisha, having asked for. and received, a double of his spirit. The mantle of Elijah had fallen upon him seven years before, 1 Kings 19:19. when he was plowing, was all that was left when Elijah was taken up. As Elijah ascended his mantle fell off, indicating his work on earth was done.

Now Elisha takes it up, as the symbol, or badge, that the prophetic office has been transferred to him. An within minutes Elisha was to learn the miracle working power lay not in the old mantle, nor in the man who handled it, but it was in God to whom power belonged.

2 Kings 2:13. “He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
14. And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”

When Elisha used this phrase, the miraculous parting of the waters of Jordan took place. The hundreds of the ‘sons of the prophets’ who witnessed this immediately attached themselves to him.

Elisha was the opposite of Elijah in nature, and personality. Elijah was a prophet of the wilds—appearing at moments of religious crisis, and then disappearing into the solitudes of the desert. Elisha, on the other hand, walked daily among and interested in the affairs of men and women, not only in great events but in their personal life, in the needs and sorrows of men and women in everyday experiences. Elisha was constantly moved with compassion.

Elisha was God’s messenger, to banish sorrow, to bring hope and cheer into the lives of plain men and women. He was a dispenser of happiness.

There are so many miracles connected with Elisha that will not try and cover them all. He asked for a double-portion of Elijah’s spirit and we have recorded twice as many miracles performed under Elisha than under Elijah’s ministry.

5a. Obtaining A Miracle: (2 Kings 4:8-37)

2 Kings 4:8a. “And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman;”

A Great Woman:  Not many times do we have such an introduction to any person in the Bible. Here we have here the story of a woman, whom the Bible calls “A Great Woman.” As we read the story we come to the conclusion that the woman was a fairly wealthy woman, a woman of great spiritual perception, a woman great in hospitality, a woman great in faith, and a woman who received great rewards.

 8b. “and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.
9. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.
10. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
11. And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.”

Now let us think about what we have read. Perhaps in the entire Bible there is no story so beautiful—from beginning to end. We notice the hospitality of a wealthy Shunammite woman is pressed upon Elisha. “She constrained him to eat bread.”

She recognized that Elisha was a “Holy Man of God,” and she wanted him to have a place to rest in his passing to and fro. The provisions were simple, even though the house was affluent, a bed, a stool, a table and a candlestick. What prayers, supplications, intercessions, utterances came from this room and continued long.

In no wise did this woman and her husband expect a reward for their kindness. It was only an expression of their hearts. But their kindness and sympathy had caused them to “Entertain an Angel unawares”

Elisha too might have accepted what was offered him as only what was due to a Prophet of God. Not so with Elisha, what could he do to repay this kindness?
2 Kings 4:12. And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.
13. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.

They sought no worldly reward from the Prophet but were perfectly content with their condition in life. But the Man of God, suspecting that there was some hidden desire in her heart. How often under the external appearance of prosperity and well being there lies the hidden disappointments  To detect this and to seek to satisfy the hungry soul is one of the finest Ministries of any Man of God.

Gehaze, Elisha’s servant had noticed that there was no patter of little feet in this home. Gehazi knew that the ultimate desire of every woman, especially of the ancient world was to be a mother. And seemingly, due to the age of her husband, there was no hope for this desire to be fulfilled.

2 Kings 4:14. And he (Elisha) said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.
15. And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.

“She stood in the door,” recognizing thereby the sacredness of his office.
2 Kings 4:16. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.
17. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.

The miracle of birth and life is always a wonder but the birth of this child truly speaks of the supernatural.
1. The woman’s inability to conceive a child
2. The age of her husband
3. The precise time of birth as told by Elisha

There must have been great joy in that home when this baby was born. But this story is not over—time passes swiftly.
2 Kings 4:18. And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.
19. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.
20. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.

The gift of a child then death strikes. What follows is a story of grief so moving. We are told that she was a wealthy woman but grief spares none, high or low. Suffering makes the whole world kin. She insisted on going in person to Elisha. She had learned to believe in and trust this man whose power she had begun to know.

Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of any man of God today is to win the faith and confidence of souls in need. Let us read it.
2 Kings 4:20……..“he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.”
21. And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out.

She put her grief on the shoulders of the “Man of God.” Her burden was to become his burden. Maybe this helps us to understand the awesome responsibility of the “Man of God.” God help every “Man of God” to understand the full responsibility that goes with his office.

2 Kings 4:22. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.
23. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well.
24. Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.

It was 20 miles from Shunem to Carmel, she told the servant to urge the beast on and slack not.

2 Kings 4:25. So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 26. Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.
27. And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
28. Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
29. Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.
30. And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.
31. And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked.

Some Things Require The Attention Of The Man Of God:
32. And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed.
33. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.

What follows is a moving description of what it costs to bring the dead to life. Obtaining a Miracle: Only life can restore life, not dead formal Religion. Only the uttermost giving of self can breath the breath of life into the dead.

Let us read:
2 Kings 4:34. And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. (No movement, breath or life)
35. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. (Opened his eyes)
36. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.
37. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.

The Same Woman and Her Son: A Few Years Later:
2 Kings 8:1. Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.
2. And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years.
3. And it came to pass at the seven years' end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land.
4. And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done.
5. And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life.
6. And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.

5b. The Healing Of Naaman’s Leprosy: 2 Kings 5:1-27

2 Kings 5:1. “Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.”

Naaman was a great man, he had been very serviceable to his country of Syria, God had made him so. Though the Syrians were Idolaters, and oppressors of God’s people—God had used them to chastise Israel.

So great was he, so high, so honourable, “a mighty man of valor; but he was a leper.” This made him a burden to others and to himself.

A very old tradition (Josephus) says he was the unknown archer who shot the arrow “at a venture,” in other words he did not aim at anyone in particular) but the arrow struck King Ahab and caused him to bleed to death (1 Kings 22:34). This resulted in the King of Syria promoting Naaman to Commander In Chief of the Syrian Army.

Naaman was a man who had been awarded every military honor. Battle ribbons and medals decorated his chest, But He Was A Leper. No man’s greatness, or honor, or interest, or valor, or victory, can place him out of reach of the sorest calamities of human life.

2 Kings 5:2.And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife.
3. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
4. And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.

Naaman was as great as the world could make him, and yet the basest slave in Syria would not change skins with him. But happy day, when by chance in a raid into Israel, a young girl was taken captive, and by chance, she enters the household of Naaman as a personal servant of his wife. She saw, and was moved by, the loathsome incurable disease which afflicted Naaman.

And once more a major role is played by a minor Biblical Character and we do not even know her name. This little maid, though but a girl could give an account of the famous Prophet the Israelites had among them. Elisha had not cleansed any lepers in Israel, (Luke 4:27) yet this little maid inferred that he would cure her master and that he would do it though he was a Syrian.

Naaman did not despise the testimony of this little servant girl but clung to it as a drowning man would to a straw. The message of this little maiden was relayed to the King of Syria.

2 Kings 5:5. And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment. (Actual cash was $3,840,000, value of clothing, gold, & silver – considerable).
6. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.

Naaman departed and brought much treasure with him. Yet the price which Naaman had to pay to be healed of his leprosy was even greater than that. Money can do much, yet it never purchased for a man the healing for his soul, nor the peace of his mind.

The longing to be healed is still the longing of many a man and woman in our modern world. In spite of all that they possess they are really sick at heart and they know that they are. Naaman had to travel all the way from Syria to Elisha, the man of God, to gain his cure. The Gods of Syria were not equal to the task.

 
This is the touchstone by which we may test the supremacy of Bible Religion. It alone is able to cleanse the soul of man from the leprosy of sin. The Bible is the only thing that deals with the fact of freeing the soul from sin.

So Naaman went with a large company of attendants. He took with him silver, gold and changes of raiment to present to his Physician. What will men not give for ease and strength and soundness of body? He went with a letter from his King to the King of Israel.

 v. 7. “And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.”

But Jehoram the King did not know what to do when Naaman arrived, he was perplexed. He was bewildered and filled with uncertainty. With all his Kingly power he was powerless to help. So Naaman turned away from the Kings’ palace at Samaria. With seemingly another false hope and disappointment.

v. 8. “And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Ten miles due north at Dothan, Elisha, the man of God, heard that the King of Samaria had sent Naaman away unhealed, un-whole, un-cleansed. He sent for Naaman.

2 Kings 5:9. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

No more stately visitor had ever come to the little village of Dothan “Captain of the Host of Syria,” Five star general, honorable Naaman, and a Mighty man of Valor.” Roll out the red carpet, strike up the band and have a parade.

Elisha surely knew who was at his door by all the commotion which accompanied his arrival. He will surely welcome Naaman in person.

2 Kings 5:10. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
12. Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.

20 miles East of where they were standing was the Jordan River, muddy, shallow, small, running between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. It was the scene of John’s baptismal services, and where Jesus was baptized. Why can’t I go back to my home country where the rivers are clean, with deep, running, refreshing water.

 v. 13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?      

Naaman attended at Elisha’s door. Naaman expected to have his compliment returned, but Elisha did not go out to meet him but sent a messenger. The method prescribed to be healed was plain go wash 7 times in Jordon. The promise was expressed “thou shalt be clean.”

Two things, the man of God should aim to convince men of his desire to do them good. Second the man of God must be indifferent about outward distinctions. But it seems that all God’s commands make trial of men’s spirits. God’s commands seem to go against the grain in un-humbled hearts of men.

Two things disgusted Naaman:
1. That Elisha, as he thought put a slight upon him, in not coming himself. Naaman had it all planned out with Elisha coming out and with great pomp and ceremony, in front of everyone and strike his hands upon him. “I thought he will surely come out to me.”

2. Second he took it hard that he must be sent to wash in Jordan when he thought the rivers in Damascus would be much better. He was angry that the prophet bade him wash and be clean –No ritual. He thinks this too plain, too common a thing for so great a man to be cured by.

We could ask, “who was the greater, who held the highest office, Naaman, captain, commander, general, or Elisha, Prophet of the Most High God?

Human wisdom thinks it can supply more rational and preferable methods of cleansing. But when it comes to cleansing of the soul there is no substitute for the old River Jordan. Naaman turned away from the Prophet’s door in a rage. Proud men are their own worst enemies. His servants was very respectful “My Fathers” and with kindness reproved him.

2 Kings 5:13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
14. Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

Naaman conquered his pride, stifled his vanity and proud soldier that he was, went and dipped seven times and one dip was not enough. We must come to Jesus on His terms “Wash and be clean” “Repent and be Baptized.”

5c. The House Of Rimmon:

2 Kings 5:15. “And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came and stood before him; and he said, Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; and now, I pray thee, take a present of thy servant. .
16. But he said, As Jehovah liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none! And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
17. And Naaman said, If not, then let there, I pray thee, be given to thy servant two mules' burden of [this] earth; for thy servant will no more offer burnt-offering and sacrifice to other gods, but to Jehovah.
18. In this thing Jehovah pardon thy servant: when my master goes into the house of Rimmon to bow down there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon—when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, Jehovah pardon thy servant, I pray thee, in this thing.
19. And he said to him, Go in peace. And he departed from him a little way.

Naaman exhibited after his cure the noble spirit of a noble man. He did not set off at once to Syria but came in reverence to Elisha. First, he confessed his faith in the God of Israel, and offered rich payment, which Elisha refused.

In verse 17 we find a strange request of Naaman before he leaves for Syria. He asks for two mule burdens of earth from Israel to build an altar in Syria. The common belief of that day was that each land had it’s own god, who could only be worshiped there—so, he needed soil from the native land of the God of Israel.

This request seems to speak of the religious sincerity of Naaman—a real conversion to the God of Israel. Then Naaman reveals a difficult situation he will face when he returns to Syria.

His master, the king of Syria, is old and it is Naaman’s duty, or obligation, as the second highest official in the country of Syria, to escort the king to his place of worship (a job requirement, it goes with the job).

Not only to escort the king, but to pay homage or respect to the god of Syria by bowing his head and kneeling with the king in the house of Rimmon. “No big deal—you see I’m not going there to worship, all I’m going to do is pay respect by bowing.” “My knee will bow but my heart will not do homage…” “God forgive me in this.”

But to “Bow in the house of Rimmon,” is a dangerous compromise, and could weaken Naaman’s new-found faith and ultimately destroy it. The general principal remains any deviation from truth and honor even if circumstances may seem to warrant it is always dangerous and may even prove fatal.

To “Bow” in the house of false gods is often the beginning of moral disaster. “It is astonishing how soon the whole conscience begins to unravel, if a single stitch drops.” True allegiance to God allows no exceptions. We must serve Him with the whole heart or one cannot serve Him at all.

“Ye shall not go after other Gods of the people which are around about you. For the Lord Thy God is a jealous God among you lest the anger of the Lord Thy God be kindled against thee.”
(Deuteronomy 6:14-15)

In the first place everyone bows when in the house of Rimmon. There must be a compromise of principals. We give up something when we go and bow in the house of Rimmon. “I will just put my knee down ….. I will not worship.” I’m just going because of a friend. “My job requires me to do a certain amount of …” How many thousands have gone just to bow and in the final end, worship there? And once served, once worshipped, we are never out from under the influence of “Rimmon.

The door that can never be opened again:
Luke 13:25. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

If you would not put your hand into a snake pit, you should not permit yourself to be drawn into an involvement with any form of sin. Not even in a tentative and purely experimental way without knowing that it is possible for you to step over a threshold and past a door that will slam shut behind you as soon as you stand on the far side of it. Slam shut so tight that nothing you can do can ever get that door open again so you can get back out. You could become addicted physically and mentally.

This does happen I have seen it happen. Others have told me that something like this was happening to them but that somehow, someway they got out of it in time.

Some have said that they wish that they had never become involved in what they are in but they say that they are helpless to do anything about it now.

For them there is no exit the door is shut, chained and barred. There is no way to know how quickly this door will slam shut. For some the process is a slow one, months, perhaps years without becoming entrapped, then one day they awake and say “I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself and he wist not that the Lord was departed from Him.” (Judges 16:20)

For others a single experiment entered into a casual or ignorant way is enough to carry them past the point of no return. There are powers that are far, far beyond the capacity of man to handle. There are habits, addictions, and compulsions which drive one’s irresistible impulse impossible to break away from.

It is Stronger than the strongest will and far better to never start. It is better to never to enter into the house of Rimmon than to take a chance of the door slamming shut on one.

New Gods Rush In:
Judges 5:8. They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?

Israel was occupying the land which God had given them but they had allowed many of the shrines and alters of the God’s of Canaan to co-exit with them. Now after the death of Joshua, the people were drawn into the worship and service of these strange Gods. Their strength was gone and their glory was gone. They could not defend themselves and they could not so much as feed themselves.

THERE IS HOPE:
Matthew 12:29. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Jesus can bind the strong man in your life. Turn to Him quickly. Cry out to Him, “Lord I need help!”

5d. The Man Who Spoiled A Good Record: 2 Kings 5:20-27

Gehazi who had served Elisha faithfully for many years, yielded to the temptation to covetousness. Perhaps Gehazi had entertained the hope that one day he might succeed his master, but now after so many years that hope had diminished, and he saw a chance to gain wealth.

Wealth to buy land and cattle, to start a life of his won. No more as a servant but as one free to do as he would. Gehazi had never seen such wealth as was offered to Elisha. Bag and bag of gold and silver, and changes of garments, he probably never had an extra coat or wrap in his life.

2 Kings 5:20. gives us Gehazi’s thoughts, he talks to himself. Let us follow his steps. “But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.
21. So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well?
22. And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.
23. And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him.
24. And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed.
25. But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither.
26. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?
27. The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

 It is sad that so great a chapter should have to record, before it ends, the greed, and lies of deception of this trusted servant of Elisha. The wealth of Naaman, which he offered to Elisha, blinded his eyes and stifled his conscience. What lessons are taught in this chapter?

A Man in a moment of weakness suffered a lifetime of regret. We have God’s mercy and divine healing given to Naaman the Syrian—and the “just recompense of reward,” meeted out to Gehazi. Gehazi takes his place in scriptures with Aachan, Judas, and Ananias and Sapphira, who sold their souls for gold. How many successors they have had in all ages since?

Elisha pronounced inspired judgment upon the sin of Gehazi. Elisha offered no cure. It was a plague from God and could not be reversed. These plagues come upon men, upon cities, upon nations, upon the earth, and will stand until the final judgment comes upon the earth.

Covetousness and lying in the Bible are never spared, punishment was sure and sudden. Covetousness is an insatiable desire for worldly gain. The Bible describes it as Idolatry:
Colossians 3:5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6. For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Root Of Evil:
1 Timothy 6:10. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Covetousness leads one to steal, lying, murder and hurting others. Covetousness excludes one from God’s Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 6:9. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.
10. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists shall inherit the Kingdom of God” Covetousness excludes one from the sacred offices.

The Office of Bishop and Deacon:
1 Timothy 3:1. This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Let us look at two more examples of covetousness.
Joshua 6:18. And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
19. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord. Also

Joshua 7:1. “But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
20. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:  
21. When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.”

Achan’s sin of covetousness brought death to him and his family.

Ananias and Sapphira :
Acts 4:32. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35. And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
37. Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.  

Acts 5:1-11. But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
2. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
4. Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
5. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.
6. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.
7. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
8. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.
9. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.
10. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.
11. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

5e. God Multiplied The Widow’s Oil:

2 Kings 4:1. “Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.”

Ancient translations, along with Josephus, identifies this widow as the wife of Obadiah, Ahab’s chief steward who saved the hundred prophets during the three-and-one-half years drought 1 Kings 18:3-4. Josephus says that the money he owed had been borrowed to feed the prophets. Ahab is dead, a new King is on the throne, and Obadiah is dead, and the person who loaned the money has come to collect.

She applies to Elisha for help just as many woman today turns to their Minister in times of stress. She based her claim for help upon the ground of her husband’s godliness. The creditor threatened to go to the utmost length of the law, claiming the right to hold her two sons as bondmen. (Leviticus 25:39-46) They would be released the year of Jubilee.

The miracle that followed is not a fairy tale but a Divine Miracle showing God’s ability to provide for His needy children.
2 Kings 4:2. And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. ( “Little is much if God is in it.”)
3. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

Expect big things and do not put a limit on God and be sure to go all out in preparation.

4.
And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

God works behind closed doors.
Matthew 6:6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 

2 Kings 4:5. So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

Pouring, her own meager supply of oil the borrowed vessels were filled to the brim one by one. As the sons kept on placing the vessels before their mother she kept on filling them. Her little pot of oil became a fountain of oil as she continued pouring it into the empty vessels.

6. And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

The miraculous flow only stopped when there were no more vessels to fill. The quantity of the oil was only limited by her faith in collecting empty vessels.

7. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.

5f. Miraculous Supply During Famine: 2 Kings 6:24-33

According to 2 Kings 8;1 Elisha had prophesied that there was going to be a 7 year famine in the land of Samaria. When this famine came to pass it brought great distress upon the people. Famine is one of the most feared of scourges that the people of the Bible faced. Jesus told us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Elisha had remembered the Shunammite woman and had sent her away to spare her of the great misery.

2 Kings 6:24. “And it came to pass after this that Ben-Hadad king of Syria gathered all his army, and went up and besieged Samaria.
25. And there was a great famine in Samaria; and behold, they besieged it, until an ass's head was worth eighty silver-pieces, and the fourth part of a cab of dove's dung five silver-pieces.”

I will spare you of the extent of the misery of starvation spoken of in the next few verses. Unspeakable horrors caused by the siege. History is filled with such accounts of horror. Jerusalem in A.D. 70 is a story of the greatest of horror, likewise the famine in England in 1316, Washington in Valley Forge, the Confederate troops at Vicksburg, and Stalingrad, and Leningrad 1941-43 are also examples of famine during a siege.

It is uncertain which King of Israel is the one in this story. However the king lays blame for the famine on Elisha, and swears that he will execute the prophet immediately. The King sent a messenger but even before he left Elisha by Divine intuitions knew he was coming and that the King would follow him.

How calm and confident Elisha was in the face of the anger of the King. Then in defiance of all probability he made the extraordinary prediction. Tomorrow the price of wheat will be $1.50 a bushel and barley 75 cents a bushel.

2 Kings 7:1. Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.

His unbelief sealed his doom. Let us believe that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity of magnifying His Own Power. God sometime uses the most inept people to do what the most able cannot do.

2 Kings 7:3. And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?
4. If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
5. And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there.
6. For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
7. Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
8. And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
9. Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.
10. So they came and called unto the porter of the city: and they told them, saying, We came to the camp of the Syrians, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but horses tied, and asses tied, and the tents as they were.
11. And he called the porters; and they told it to the king's house within.

The King arose in the night and declared that it was a trap but things were so desperate that they decided to risk at least two of the horses that were left to find out.

2 Kings 7:14. They took therefore two chariot horses; and the king sent after the host of the Syrians, saying, Go and see.
15. And they went after them unto Jordan: and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Syrians had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
16. And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
17. And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.

The high ranking lord, on whom the king leaned, was trampled under foot as he opened the gate and died because of his unbelief in the words of God’s prophet.

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6. New Testament Miracles:

Healing Hands

I think it appropriate to begin this part of our Study Of Miracles Of The Bible by letting the scriptures speak for themselves. Simon Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and who witnessed as many miracles as any man who ever lived had this to say concerning Jesus of Nazareth.

Acts 2:22. “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:”

Simon Peter declaring on the day of Pentecost that God had set His approval upon Jesus Christ by miracles and signs and wonders. And in these lessons we will relate some of the miracles of healing and some of the other wondrous things Jesus did.

Jesus began his ministry immediately after returning from the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus was not only the greatest teacher of mankind that the world has ever known, but his was also a ministry of miracles, miracles of healing, miracles over nature, miracles of being able to read peoples mind, and miracles over the spirit world. We will touch on a few of these miracles that Jesus performed.

Matthew 4:23. “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
24. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

This seems to have occurred after Jesus had walked from village to village over much of the regions around Galilee and the surrounding neighborhoods, and in Jerusalem, and possibly even into Syria.

This was a get acquainted time, probably a period of six months or more, and a time to make himself known among the people. You will notice I have emphasized, in verse 23, the three fold ministry of Jesus which was teaching, preaching, and healing. This is the Christ-like ministry which all his ministers should practice.

Notice he healed every kind of disease and torment, physical, mental, and spiritual. Lunatic, those affected by changes of the moon, those possessed with devils, incurable palsy, torments, whether of the mind or body, all were healed.

The results of this preaching, teaching, healing tour was a phenomenal following of people from all parts of the country. Can we imagine thousands of people leaving their homes, cities, and villages, leaving fields and flocks untended, jobs and occupations, and walking great distances to see and hear and touch this great new teacher. It was probably the Jubilee Year which freed them of many of theses responsibilities.

6a. When Life Met Death:

 In this miracle Jesus was not asked to intervene, but He takes the initiative because of His great compassion.

Luke 7:11. “And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
12. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
13. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
14. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.”

The day before this incident, it was the sorrow of a heathen centurion that touched the heart of Jesus. His servant was very sick, “ready to die” (Luke 7:2). He had sent the Elders of the Jews to Jesus, “beseeching Him” to come heal his servant (v 3) “He is worthy” (v 4) “he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue” (v 5). Jesus said, "I will come and heal him."

Today, in our reading, it is the sorrow of a Jewish mother, that touches where denial is unthinkable. In His presence grief and death cannot continue. As the defilement of a Gentile house could not attach to him, neither could the touch of death render him unclean.

Jesus could not enter Nain, and its people pass Him to carry one to the burying. Jesus was entering from Endor. The burying ground was just east of Nain. Here the Lord of life, burst open the gates of death.

There is not much left of Nain, it means, “the pleasant.” It is built on the slopes of Mt. Little Hermon near Mt. Tabor. And, it is approached by a narrow steep ascent. This is the only time it is mentioned in the Bible. There is still a little village there.

A great multitude was following Jesus, toiling their way uphill, nearing the gate of the city. Here the Prince of life met the little mourning procession, which accompanied the dead to the burying, winding their way down the steep road.

Which Of The Two Shall Give Way?

The highest Jewish duties demanded respect for the dead. Everyone had to give way. Stop what they were doing. Comfort the mourners. Show respect by accompanying him to his burial.

Let's consider the grief of this Mother. There was the watchful anxiety and the slow fading of hope, then a burst of grief at death, then the well known, single blast of the trumpet, to signal the visit of the death angel.

The body was washed, and then wrapped in the best the Mother could afford. The procession was led by the mourning Mother. The body was carried by kin, neighbors, or friends, each was unshod. It was followed by other kin, neighbors, “much people of the city were with her.” (Mark 7:12)

All work ceased while they were passing. Along the road from Endor steamed the “multitude,” along with Jesus.

Here They Met, Life And Death. Bitter, silent tears blinded the eyes of a sorrowing mother. She met one “who hath borne our sorrows.” (Isaiah 53:4)
Luke 7:13. “And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
14. And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, arise.” {bier: or, coffin}

Think of these phrases. “He had compassion on her, ..” “Weep not.” The sorrow of a Jewish Mother touches one where denial is unthinkable. In His presence grief and death cannot continue. Jesus worked miracles, not to prove His deity, but they proceeded rather from His intense compassion and with His Divine pity for human suffering.

“And He came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still.”
No one interferes with a funeral possession, but Jesus did.

No Jew touches the bier that holds one who is dead; it was pollution to the living. But Jesus did. The bearers, in their amazement that one so respected, and admired, as Jesus, should commit so strange an act. At once they stood still to see what next would happen. Jesus was unafraid of the terrors of death.

Luke 7:14b. Young man, I say unto thee, arise.
15. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And He delivered him to his mother.

Here We Have The Extremes Of Human Sorrow Turned Into Joy.
How easy the “Lord of life” performed His miracle over death. Other great ones before Him had recalled the dead to life.

Elijah mourned long over the son of the Widow of Sarepta. (1 Kings 17:17-24) Elisha repeatedly stretched himself as he agonized in prayer upon the lifeless corpse of the Shunammite boy.
 (2 Kings 4:32-37)

Simon Peter prayed very earnestly over the body of Dorcas at Lydda. (Acts 9:40)
The Apostle Paul threw himself down upon the body in earnest prayer for a young man who fell to his death listening to him preach at Troas. (Acts 20:9-10) But the Master, with one solitary word, brings the spirit back from its mysterious habitation, back to its old tenement, “arise.”

Jesus raising the dead were signs of bringing spiritual life. A beautiful illustration I would like to make concerning the three miracles of raising the dead recorded in the Gospels. All of our Lord's works of mercy to the body have a spiritual reference to the soul. They are illustration of Jesus' Divine Power of Love in raising the soul, dead in trespasses and sins, from every kind of spiritual death.

Whether the body be dead, but not yet carried out, like the daughter of Jairus  (Luke 8:49-56); Or dead and carried out, but not yet buried, like the Widow’s son (Luke 7:11-16); Or dead, carried out, and buried, like Lazarus (John 11:39-44). He who raised Himself from the dead can raise all from the death of sin, therefore let no one despair. “He was moved with compassion.”

What is Redemption but the activity of Divine Emotion? At Nain compassion fulfilled itself by sparing an only son. The great love wherewith God has loved us has fulfilled itself by not sparing His only begotten Son. The compassion of Christ, as he approached the gate of the city of Nain, gave one son back to his Mother.

God's great love has, through the sacrifice on the cross, brought back many sons to the outstretched arms of a waiting father or mother. It is our faith in this infinite compassion that is the source of all our hopes for men.

6b. The Christ That Pities:

Mark 7:31. “And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
32. And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. (to touch him)
33. And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
34. And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
35. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. 36. And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
37. And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”

A ‘sigh’ is not what we would expect to hear from Jesus. A ‘sigh’ is different from a groan, in which the vocal chords are expressing a sound. But a ‘sigh’ is when one inhales and exhales a deep audible breath. A ‘sigh’ expresses sorrow, weariness, or pain. A ‘sigh’ also sometimes expresses a yearning, a longing for something.

Yet Mark tells us He sighed.” Mark does not stop to explain the deeds of Jesus—he tells us what He did and leaves us to seek for the explanation ourselves.

It is commonly believed that Mark was Simon Peter’s amanuensis. He wrote what Peter told him to write about Jesus. There is a scrap of ancient writing still in existence which makes that statement. It is a well authenticated tradition. Simon Peter was observant and there was nothing that Jesus did that he did not see.

One can almost hear him dictating to John Mark, write “He looked up to Heaven with a sigh.” Mark says, “But why did He sigh?” Peter says, “Never mind about that; He did sigh, I heard Him so write it down.” So it is written that Jesus sighed and to this generation men have stopped to ask why?

We have heard, and we believe that Jesus is Omnipotent (All Powerful). Also Jesus is Omniscient (All knowing). I would like to bring another word to your mind, Omni-sensitive (All sensitive). We see things but do we really see into them? We hear things but do we hear the totality of their sound?

There are creatures which have a sense of hearing and many of sight, which is much more acute that our own and much more sensitive. Who could hear the totality of the sound of the universe: Who could be sensitive to the needs and the desires of the whole creation?

Simon Peter saw a dumb man brought to Jesus but what did Jesus see? Simon Peter heard the man try to talk but he could not understand him.  “He had an impediment in his speech.” But what did Jesus hear (Omni-sensitive)? Whatever it was Jesus had pity on him and it invoked a sigh from our Lord. This man could not hear what his fellows said nor could he communicate to them anything of what he felt, thought or desired. But Jesus heard him in that squeaky halting voice and in his omni-sensitiveness understood every sound which fell from his lips.

It touched the heart of the God which has pity and ‘He sighed.’ God who is sensitive to every groan, every tear, every heart-brake, every disappointment and every sorrow. God is well aware of all our own sighing. Jesus in His omni-sensitiveness felt the sorrow of this man and understood his feeble cry and took pity on him. “And He took him aside from the multitude and put His fingers into his ears and He spit and touched his tongue;” Jesus touched Him and oh! the significance of that touch.

Fellowship and communion began with that touch. In a larger sense is that not what Jesus came to do for a lost world, simply to touch it and to be near it, and be in fellowship with it. “And looking up to heaven He sighed and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, be opened. Straightway his ears were opened and the string of his tongue was loosed and he spake plain.”

You may not have realized what a great miracle this was. Speech is a learned facility or skill. It takes months even years to develop the power of speaking plain. People from other nations go to school to learn to speak our language. This man instantly could talk plain. I wonder what the first words he said were? “Ephphatha, be opened.”

The mastery of things was His, He spake the word, it happened, “Let there be light” is the first audible word that the Bible ascribes to God for our benefit.
“And there was light “  (Genesis 1:3)

“Eph’Phatha – Be opened.” And infinite power began to be un-leased. “Straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.”

“And He charged them that they should tell no man but the more He charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; and were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak.”   

6c. Jesus Heals A Syro-Phenican Woman’s Daughter

“We have a High Priest which can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities.”  Hebrews 4:15. There are times when Jesus challenges our faith, makes us prove it. We find such a challenge in
Mark 7:24-30 and Matthew 15:21-28. To get the all the details we must read from both sources.

Mark 7:24. “And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; (a woman of Canaan,
Matthew 15 :27) (a Gentile) “and cried out and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.” (and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.) “But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.”

Jesus had brought His disciples here in this Grecian City for more than one purpose.
One,
they came here for a period of rest and to get away from the crowd.

Two
,
Jesus brought His disciple to this wicked city to introduce them to the sin and debauchery that went on in the world of the Gentiles, where the Laws of God had not been introduced and people lived very degrading lives. I feel Jesus wanted them to see for themselves why He came to die for the sins of the entire world. He would tell them later, “Go ye into all the world.” These people needed what they had.

Three, there was a need that only He could provide, a little girl was vexed with a devil, and a woman’s faith needed to be tried. A thousand years before Elijah had been sustained by such a woman of this city, Zerepath.

The Verse tells us, He could not be hid.” Long ago His fame had reached these cities. “Seek and ye shall find.” From no earnest seeker can He be hid, but if we spurn Him He will hide Himself from us.

He cannot be hid, because
1. Great needs will seek Him out; it was her wretchedness that sought Him.
2. True love will surely find Him.
3. Earnest faith will always lead to Him.
4. His own heart will betray Him.
5. His disciples will make Him known.

“And (she) cried out, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, ..”
“But he answered her not a word” Matthew 15:23.

Psalms 28:1. “Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.
2. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.”

Smite us,” cried Martin Luther, Smite us, but be not silent.”
God wants to be on speaking terms with us. God has something to say to the human race. John says, “I … heard … a great voice, …  Revelation 1:10.
There is a personality at the heart of the universe. God’s voice was the first sound that broke the silence of eternity. “He spake and it was done, He commanded and it stood fast.” (Psalms 33:9).

Few things are stranger than the silences of Jesus. He was silent before Herod, and before Pilate, and now a Cannanitish woman. It is easier to understand the first two than the last. “He that cometh to me (on his way to Me) I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37). But here is a woman looking into the silent face of love.

“But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24.

Some things we miss just reading the story, the tone of voices, the look on each face, a smile, or frown. But this was not an absolute denial.
25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. (I’m not asking for the loaf just a crumb, so plenteous His table.)
28. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (And  when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed). Mark 7:30.

Having found Jesus and told her story, she had done all she could. She had to wait and she waited. We do not know what God’s answers will be, but we do know what His attitude is. So much was against her; it seemed that everything was against her.

1. Her race, she was a Gentile and outside of the covenant.
2. She was outside the knowledge of God and had been raised in a pagan creed.
3. The Disciples seemed to be hard and unfeeling.
4. On the surface even Jesus Himself seemed hard and unfeeling.

But the love of a mother’s heart drove her on in the face of all obstacles. “My daughter is grievously vexed with a Devil.” She had pursued Jesus from the street into the house and she would not be denied. This mother was fighting for the life of her child.

When the books are opened it will be told how many homes have seen saved for time and eternity because in them there was a woman who dared great things for her children. She set her expectations steadfast on the highest and the best. “Ask for big things, and the little ones shall be added unto you.”

It is told of the Mother of Philips Brooks, one of America’s great Preachers that by faith, prayer and work she brought every one of her sons into the Kingdom. When she died the family gathered to find an Epitaph appropriate for such a life. They chose the words of Jesus to this woman of Canaan. “O Woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” And in comparison with this pure fame how pale everything else is that a woman can receive as the wages of life.

7. How To Receive Divine Healing:

3 John 1. The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2. Beloved, I wish (pray) above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (KJV)

The apostle John writing to a friend by the name of Gaius, What John is saying, “Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is.”

The Bible speaks much about healing, in fact a great part of our Lord's ministry had to do with healing the sick and afflicted. He was touched in his innermost being by those who sought Him out for healing of their sicknesses. In like manner the scriptures teach us to pray for healing, both for ourselves, and for others.

There is no answer to the question, "why aren't all healed?" it is beyond human explanation. But, there are ways to make yourself available to the grace of God’s healing. We very much need to know how to receive the miracle of healing for our selves and for others we are concerned for.

Take The Top Off The Rain Barrel. When I was a small child I remember a barrel at the corner of the house that my mother caught water in to wash clothes with. The barrel had a top on it to keep the trash out when it was not raining. But when it rained she went out and took the top off so the water which ran off the house could get in the barrel. If she failed to take the top off, even though the water came down, it could not get in the barrel.

The same is true with God's grace to heal, it comes down from heaven like rain, so take the top off the rain barrel, and let God's healing come in.

7a. KNOW GOD’S WILL:

Settle it in your mind that it is His will that you should be healed.

Mark 1:40. “And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” (KJV)

Luke 5:12. Tells us that the diseased man was “full of leprosy.” the disorder was fully developed; it had spread over his whole body. Leprosy was designed to be especially typical of the disease of sin. It was not, as supposed by many, contagious. It was in some cases hereditary. It was a living death. It was incurable by any human art or skill. It was the awful sign of sin reaching unto death. It was cured, as sin is cured, only by the mercy and favor of God. No wonder that our Lord specially displayed his power over this terrible disease.

This leper kneeling down spoke to Jesus, if you will, you can make me clean.”
“If you will,..” He wasn't quite sure…he knew Jesus could--but would he?
“If you will--you can.” we know Jesus can, but will he?
The leper was saying the same thing. I know you can, but, will you?”

Mark 1:41. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, ; I will be thou clean.
42. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. (KJV)

Notice Jesus stretched forth his hand and touched him. Jewish law forbade anyone touching a person who had leprosy. Jesus touched him, knowing that he could not be defiled with the touch. He touched him that he might heal him, and that his divine power of healing might be manifest.

In like manner, through the incarnation, God touched the human race, that the power of sin might be broken. Jesus is saying to you, “I will;”

7b. BE WILLING TO BE CARRIED:

Be willing to be healed on the basis of someone else's faith.

Mark 2:3. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. (KJV)

Jesus is back in Capernaum and it was noised abroad that he was back. Straightway a great multitude was gathered together in and around the house where Jesus was, until there was no room to hold them. The house was full, the doorway was full, all entrances and all the exits were blocked.

Here was a man sick of palsy (paralytic, disabled). He was a man who could not help himself, and in no wise could make his way to where Jesus was. Four men brought him to where Jesus was and with much effort lowered him into the presence of Jesus.

Mark 2:4. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. (KJV)

Let us notice the actions of these four men. When they got to the house they could not get to where Jesus was because of the multitude. Determined not to abandon the possibility of getting the helpless man to Jesus, they uncovered the roof, “and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay”

Mark 2:5. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, son, thy sins be forgiven thee. (KJV)  When Jesus saw their faith…”
6. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7. Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8. And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9. Whether is it easiret to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10. But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11. I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion

Let us note also that this is the first time in human history that the words “Thy sins be forgiven thee..” had been heard. Before this, men made sacrifices for sins, which only rolled their sins ahead a year at a time, but now One has come who has the power to forgive sins Mark 2:10.

This man was healed on the faith of his companions.
Carry me on your faith until I can go on my own.
Let us carry one another on our faith.

7c. OBEY TO THE ABSURDITY:

Mark 3:3. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, stand forth.

It was the Sabbath day and Jesus was in the synagogue. There was a man with a withered hand also in there, and there were many other people there, many of them critical of Jesus wondering if He would heal on the Sabbath Day. Jesus did not disappoint them.

Jesus spoke directly to the afflicted man, “stand forth.” “Arise, stand up, and come here.” Can you imagine that? They were in the synagogue, and nobody walks around in the synagogue. It is a place of worship. The man with the withered hand was keeping still in his place. But Jesus said, “come here, stand by me.”

I know that it is God's will for you to be healed because Jesus violated the Sabbath rules to heal this man. Jesus gave a command for the man to carry out.

“You, you with the withered hand, you, stretch it out.”
“What does he mean stretch it out?” “I’ve never stretched it out before.” “How can I?” “It’s withered.” But nevertheless at Jesus' command, “and he stretched it out.” “Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out:” (Mark 3:5b)

Maybe it was difficult at first, maybe he had to struggle. But he was determined to obey, even if it killed him. “And his hand was restored whole as the other.” (Mark 3:5c) Absurd, yes but, instead of killing him it healed him.

It was absurd to ask Naaman to dip seven times in the Jordan River. Absurd, yes but he got his healing by doing the absurd. Remember Peter had fished all night and caught nothing yet Peter said, “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Absurd, yes but he caught fish. Jesus told a blind man to go wash in the Pool of Siloam after He had put mud on his eyes, he went, he washed, he saw John 9:7. Absurd, yes but he got his healing.

7d. OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES:

Whatever your obstacles, work through them to get to Jesus.

Mark 5:27. “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.”

Jesus had just arrived back in Capernaum, and no sooner than when he got off the boat, a very large crowd had gathered around him. In the crowd was a woman who had an issue of blood, and she had suffered much at the hands of many physicians. She had spent all that she had, and was not getting better, but worse. The woman, on hearing that Jesus was back, made her way down to where he was. But she could not get near Jesus because of the crowd.

In the crowd it was difficult for her to press through to where Jesus was. She believed if she could only get close enough to touch the hem of his garment she would be made whole. Overcoming all obstacles, she reached out through the press, of people and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, who touched my clothes?” Mark 5:28-30. (KJV)

“Who touched me?” “Someone special has touched me.” “I felt strength, power, virtue, go out of me.” “And he said unto her, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Mark 5:34.

Make every effort to get to where Jesus is, and then make every effort to reach out and touch him for your healing. Believe in your mind and heart and you shall receive your healing. Sometimes God lets us reach the point of desperation. Jesus did not reprimand the woman for going to the doctors, but they had done all that they knew. All their knowledge and skill was not sufficient. She had to turn to Jesus, after twelve years of suffering. Sometimes this is the only way God can get us to turn to him.

7e. Remove All Doubt:

To receive healing we need to get rid of the doubt. Put it away, out of your presence.
Mark 5:35. While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? (KJV)

Jesus was on his way to the house of Jarius, a ruler of the synagogue, who had asked Him to come and heal his daughter. He had been interrupted and delayed by the woman with the issue of blood. Then the word came that the daughter was dead. “Don’t trouble the master.” but Jesus said, “be not afraid, only believe” Mark 5:36.

When they reached the house they were all weeping over the girl. Jesus asks them,
“Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but Sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying” Mark 5:39-40.

They laughed at him, Jesus put them out. He removed all doubt from the scene.
“And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.” These had learned the lessons of faith. When the doubt was removed from the room Jesus says, “Talitha Cumi; which is, being interpreted,  damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment” Mark 5:41-42.

We must put from our minds anything that raises the uncertainty of our healing. The best way to do this is to read in our Bible the many cases of the healing virtues of God upon the people who put their trust in Him. Do not let Satan cast doubt in your mind that God will do the same for you.

7f. Remember God Is No Respecter Of Persons:

We should never miss an opportunity to seek him out, when he is nigh unto us, because he just might not pass that way again.

Mark 7:25. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26. The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. {Greek: or, Gentile} (KJV)

Jesus along with his disciples had passed out of Galilee into a heathen country, Syrophoenicia, near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. These cities were renowned for their extensive commerce and wealth, cities of gross slavery and very sinful and wicked practices.

Two reasons why he went there was that his disciples might be exposed to the sins of the world, and that his miracles and doctrine might be imparted to the Gentiles. He desired that no one would notice him being there, but his fame had preceded him (Mark 3:8), and he could not travel without someone recognizing him.

This woman seems to have come from a distant place. She was a Gentile, and a descendant from those seven nations of Canaan which had been driven out by God's command. They were called “Canaanites” in the Old Testament, a people that was “far off,” as reported by the apostle Paul (Ephesians 2:13). She was not under the covenant, what right did she have to come and ask Jesus for anything? What led her to think of Jesus at all? This Canaanitish woman had heard that this great healer had left the promise land and come to her land.

She took advantage of this one opportunity, as blind Bartimaeus did later as Jesus was passing his way. She had heard of multitudes of cures he has performed, of wonderful cures--cures of demoniacs as well as those afflicted with diseases. A motherly affection drove her to Jesus. She cried after him with a loud shrill cry to have mercy on her, and to heal her child. It was the pitiful sound of a mother calling out on behalf of, not only of her child, but for herself also.

Our lord makes at first as though he would refuse her request, and yet it was not an absolute denial. There might be hope for her when the children were filled.
Mark 7:27.But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.  
28. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.
29. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”

A lesson we learn from this woman, let us ever persevere in prayer.
Faith Triumphant, And Faith Rewarded.

7g. Don't Take No For An Answer:

Matthew 15:23. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

Often the Lord seems silent now when we come to him in earnest prayer; there is no voice, no answer. But we must pray on; he surely is listening, for he hears every prayer. There are reasons, unknown to us, for his silence. But, he will answer in his own good time. This woman was not to be ignored. She followed Jesus and his disciples to the house imploring his disciples to intervene to Jesus on her behalf.

“She Besought Him,” (Mark 7:26). “And Cried Unto Him, Saying, Have Mercy On Me, O Lord, Thou Son Of David;” (Matthew 15:22)  
Mark 7:27. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. (KJV)

The Syrophoenian woman would not be denied, she had stubborn faith. Like Jacob who wrestled all night, “I will not let you thee go …” (Genesis 32:26) “And she answered and said unto him, yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs” Mark 7:28. “Give me, most gracious lord, only a crumb (a small mercy compared to thy greater mercies), the healing of my little daughter.” “To me, a poor Gentile, let a crumb of thy grace and mercy fall from your bountiful table.”

Mark 7:29. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

This woman, born and bred amid the darkness of heathenism, with little to sustain and comfort her in this world and without hope for a better one, had her full share of miseries of mortal life until Jesus came near. Now the mother's heart was glad; her child was healed. Christ's grace is ever for those who seek, and who seek him earnestly. Remember God is no respecter of persons, don't take no for an answer.

7h. Go To Jesus Again:

If Your Healing Is Not Complete, Go To Jesus Again.

Mark 8:22. “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.
23. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.
24. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”

Jesus and his disciples are back in the promise land in the town of Bethsaida. And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him (beseech him) to touch him. They seemed to have imagined that the healing virtue could not go forth from Jesus except by actual touch.

Our Lord led, or brought, the blind man out of Bethsaida out away from the multitude, as he had done the deaf and dumb man. This was done, no doubt, to fix the attention of the afflicted man upon himself (Jesus), and upon the fact that he was about to act upon his eyes.

“He spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him.” we may be assured that these signs (the spitting on his eyes, and putting on of his hands) used by our Lord were intended to awaken the afflicted man's faith, and stir up in him the lively expectation of a blessing.

Jesus asked him, “what do you see?” And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.  This man, as yet partially blind, saw men as in shadows, magnified by the mist, looking much larger than they really were. His vision was blurred.

 “After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

26. And he sent him away to his house, saying, neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.” Jesus again laid his hands on him and his sight became normal. If your healing is not complete, go to Jesus again.

7i. Don't Lose Hope:

Mark 9:17. “And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18. And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.” (KJV)

While Jesus was upon the Mount of Transfiguration a distraught father brought his afflicted son (his only child, Luke 9:38) to his disciples, while they were waiting for Jesus to return. This was another case of a child being possessed with a foul spirit (demon). The disciples had tried, in vain, to cast the demon out of the boy. This was a very terrible case where the demon took charge of the boy's body, even to the point of trying to kill himself. (Mark 9:22)

As they were coming close to Jesus the spirit “tare” the boy, throwing him to the ground, “wallowing and foaming” at the mouth. Whenever we get close to Jesus the devil is going to act up. Jesus Asked Him, “How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, of a child.” (Mark 9:21). Then the pitiful plea of a distressed father, “But if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us”
(Mark 9:22)

For years the father had been watching over his son, praying every day for relief for his son, yet never giving up hope.

Mark 9:23. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.” (KJV)

No matter how long it takes, never give up hope for your healing.

8. Miracles In The Early Church:

John 14:12. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

Here we have the promise. It is to believers. Jesus made this promise to all who that would believe on Him. This means the Church, Saints, Mothers and Fathers, Husbands and Wives, all could expect a miracle.

Mark 16:17. “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Here we have the method, “Them that believe in My name.” This is the key to the source of power. the source of authority, to cast out devils, to pray for the sick and they will receive healing.

When our Lord ascended to heaven He delegated the power to perform miracles to those who believe on Him through and by His Name. The Church became the channel through which miraculous power flowed.

The Book of Acts is a written record of the miraculous things and events which began on Pentecost in Acts 2:1. The dissention of the Holy Ghost upon the 120 who were gathered in an upper room in an audible and visible form was a miracle in itself.

Acts 2:1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.  

The wind and fire were outward signs of a still greater spiritual miracle. The Holy Ghost filled the Disciples, that is, He pervaded the inner depths of personality, stimulating every faculty and feeling to a new intensity of life. They became intoxicated men…. ‘These men are full of new wine and began to speak with other tongues as the sprit gave them utterance.”

With the infilling of the Holy Ghost came a mysterious and supernatural phenomena. These men and women were Galileans (Jews) and were “Ignorant and unlearned.”  Yet thousands of people who were visiting Jerusalem were “out of every nation under heaven.”

Acts 2:8. And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

“We do hear them speak in our tongue the wonderful works of God.” How sad that some say that today the Holy Spirit is silent.

8a. The Miracle of the Lame Man: (Acts 3:1)

Friends or kin brought a man on a cot, as they had for thousands of days before,  and laid him near the entrance of Herod’s Temple. This man was over 40 years old and had never walked in his life.

It was to be, he thought just another day sitting watching other people enter the temple and hoping some would have pity on him and give him a coin or two. Two men approaching the gate, they would pass very close to where he lay. As they drew near he called out to them “Alms, Alms.”

Acts 3:4. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9. And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

Peter emphasized that it was not through their own power that healed him, but it was by the power of the Name of Jesus Christ.

Acts 3:16. And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.    

8b. The Miracle of Peter’s Shadow:

Acts 5:15. Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
16.  There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

8c. The Miracle of Opened Prison Doors:

Acts 5:18. And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
19. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors ……..”

8d. The Miraculous Power Worked Through Philip:

Acts 8:6. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7. For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

Later in this chapter we read where the spirit caught Philip up and carried him several miles to another city.
Acts 8:39. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
40. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

8e. The Miraculous Conversion Of Saul:

Acts 9:1. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
2. And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
3. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
10. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12. And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
13. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14. And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
17. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
19. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
20. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
21. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
22. But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

8f. The Miracle Of The Healing of Aeneas:

Acts 9:33. And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

8g. The Miracle of Dorcas:

Acts 9:36. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.
38. And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
41. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
42. And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.  

8h. The Miracle of Peter Delivered From Prison:

Acts 12:1. Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.
2. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
3. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)
4. And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.
5. Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.
6. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
7. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.
8. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.
9. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.
10. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.
11. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
12. And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.
13. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.
14. And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.
15. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.
16. But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.
17. But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.
18. Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter.
19. And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode.

These are only a fraction of the miracles which are recorded in the Bible. We did not cover the miracles which occurred under Moses, which are numerous, likewise under the ministry of Elijah, nor throughout the Book Of Judges, and under Samuel, in fact every page of the Bible is a miracle.

We hopr you enjoyed this study on Miracles Of The Bible and will read the other studies on our web.

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