Thursday, May 09, 2019

Wright & Fuller: seeing through the miracles

Thursday, May 9, 2019
    The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it.”
    —Mark 8:11-12
    Biblical man did not look upon a miracle quite as we do. He did not have such a word in his vocabulary. He spoke of “signs and wonders.” Any unusual or spectacular happening that was a sign of the direct working of God—this was his miracle. If a modern man could have stood beside him and given a rational explanation of all the events through which he passed, he would not have been particularly impressed. His question would always have been, “Well, why did they happen at exactly this time in this way and secure this result?” To us the major focus of attention in the matter of miracle is to explain how it could have happened without setting aside natural law. With him the point was rather what was happening, what was going on, what result God achieved through the unusual.
    ... George Ernest Wright (1909-1974) & Reginald Fuller (1915-2007), The Book of the Acts of God, London: Doubleday, 1957, p. 78 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 16:1-4; 4:23; 11:4-6; Mark 8:11-12; John 2:11; 5:36; 9:1-7; 10:24-26; 11:3-4; 12:37-38
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the sign we have received.
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