Keep in mind what our Heavenly Father says are miracles:
THE HAND OF GOD—Part 1
The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein (Psa. 111:2).
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! (Rom. 11:33).
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge (Psa. 19:1-2).
- The singular purpose of miracles was to bear witness to God Himself (e.g. on Mt Sinai), a prophet or an apostle. (Heb. 2:3-4).
- The definition of a miracle is a work that no man could possibly do—above natural ability (John 3:1-2).
- God foretold future events through the prophet to bear witness that the prophet was from God (Eccl. 8:7; 10:14; James 4:13-14).
- In opposition to a miracle is God’s work where His hand is not seen (Luke 23:44; 1 Chron. 14:15; Psa. 108:10-13; Matt. 10:29 and Acts 5:1-11).
In this study, we want to distinguish between the miracles (witness of God) and His ordinary work in the world (John 15:23-24). Study each of the following scriptural accounts very carefully (making notes as you go). The following questions can be asked to discern God’s ‘unseen’ work.
- What did the people actually see? Was a prophet or an apostle seen doing some miracle? Did the participants see a prophet or apostle do a “miracle,” which was and action beyond man’s natural ability to do?
- Did God foretell (through a prophet or an apostle) that certain events would take place which appeared to be from “natural causes?”
- Keep in mind:
- Take each event in scripture separately and try not to confuse two accounts.
- These are plain statements by God about how He works and yet man does not see anything with his naked (physical) eye. The events may appear to be from natural causes to those looking on, but God shows in these accounts that He does them.
- God’s definition of His witness (miracle—John 15:24)
- What He has said was the purpose of His witness to his apostles and prophets messengers (Heb. 2:1-4).
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Nothing about the confusion of tongues was explicable to anyone involved, but by faith in God’s own testimony we believe He caused it to happen.