BIBLE STUDY God’s Miracles A miracle is something that we’d describe as being ‘impossible’ according to the natural laws of our world. Yet the bible is full of evidence of God doing the ‘impossible’. In the Old Testament, we’re told firstly of the miraculous beginning of creation, and the parting of the red sea in Exodus. In fact, the entire story of Moses is filled with God’s miraculous intervention. And in the New Testament, Jesus’ identity as God’s son is proven by miracles, and his ministry of hope and healing is formed around them. So, what are we to make of miracles? Why do they occur? What is God trying to tell us? Perhaps we can learn something from a bible text that doesn’t even contain a miracle. TexT: Read Mark 10:17–31 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 1. What fallacy about how we can attain salvation does Jesus address first? 2. Why does he illustrate that human effort is not enough to enter the Kingdom? “No one who has left home… for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age… and in the age to come, eternal life.” 1. Jesus tells the disciples that by the miracle of God’s grace, all who follow him will have eternal life. Can you think of other miracles that point to a promised land? (See Exodus 14) Or to a new life of wholeness? (Isaiah 29:18) 2. How is the journey that the Israelites take toward promised land – a journey made possible only through God’s miracle – like the miracle God offers us today? march 13–22 a gift of sight, a miracle for life BIBLE STUDY God’s Miracles ReAD: The sight-restoring story of emmanuel in your Miracle Booklet, page 5 When emmanuel asked for help, he received a ‘miracle’ bringing healing and a new life. 1. How is this healing, and the restoration that it brought for Emmanuel, similar to restoration that God reveals to us through miracles? 2. Which miracle reveals the most about God’s promised land for you? PRAY: 1. Ask that we might show people something of God’s Kingdom by our actions. 2. Pray for the ministry work of Christians around the world as they strive to bring this love to others. Think especially of the work of CBM sharing a physical ‘miracle’ that reflects the spiritual miracle gift of new life. You might like to consider how you can support 10,000 Miracles, whether through 10 days of prayer or with a ‘miracle’ gift. THANK YOU and God bless you! BIBLE STUDY Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind Why did Jesus perform miracles? Out of compassion? Or to prove he was God’s son? When John the Baptist heard about what Jesus was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who was to come?” And Jesus replied, “Report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” (Matthew 11:2–6) Perhaps, Jesus’ healing ministry was foreshadowing something of the coming kingdom of heaven – God’s promise to renew and restore his people. To give new life. TexT: Read Mark 8:22–26 Jesus took the blind man by the hand, showing compassion to the helpless and led him outside the village. 1. Why did Jesus take the blind man out of the village? 2. Why do we also need to be alone with Jesus, away from crowds? Jesus spat on the man’s eyes, put his hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?” 1. Jesus’ power healed the blind man, so why did he use spit? (see Mark 8:23) 2. The man said he saw people who looked like trees walking around. His vision was not yet 20/20. How do you think he felt at this moment? 3. This was a progressive healing. Why wouldn’t Jesus have healed him instantly? march 13–22 a gift of sight, a miracle for life BIBLE STUDY Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind ReAD: The sight-restoring story of Naomi in your Miracle Booklet, page 10 Like the miracle Jesus performed, this miracle takes time – the time between the 12-minute operation, and when the patch comes off. 1. How are both healings, Jesus’ miracle and this ‘miracle’ operation, like the progressive healing of lives when spiritual eyes are opened to Christ? 2. What did Isaiah foretell the Messiah would do? (Isaiah 29:18) PRAY: 1. Ask that we might respond to people out of compassion, and that we might reflect Jesus by our actions of love. 2. Pray for the ministry work of Christians around the world as they strive to bring this love to others. Think especially of the work of CBM sharing a physical ‘miracle’ that reflects the spiritual miracle gift of new life. You might like to consider how you can support 10,000 Miracles, whether through 10 days of prayer or with a ‘miracle’ gift. THANK YOU and God bless you!
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