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Jan 19 2010

Signs and Wonders

Manna from Heaven - signs and wonders

Lately I have been contemplating this need within Christianity for signs and wonders.  The Pentecostal movement is based on seeing signs and wonders.  I read on several sites that signs and wonders aids in faith and obedience.  With all the signs and wonders that God provided the Israelites from delivering them from bondage, parting of the sea, food raining down from heaven (manna), the Lord speaking audibly for the whole nation to hear at the mountain.  Boy the list goes on and on.  What did that accomplish?  Obedience?  Faith?  To the contrary, at every opportunity, the Israelites grumbled, complained, and even turned to other gods.  Moses was on the mountain a mere 40 days on the mountain and what did the Israelites do?  They partied and made a golden calf – an idol – and bowed to it and worshipped it.  Human beings have not changed – human beings of today will not act any different than human beings of days gone by.  We may live in a different time but the nature of man has not changed one iota.

Why is it  we think that if God reverts back to His approach that He used with the Israelites, we somehow would be better than the Israelites. And I wonder why we are even seeking that?  We have something that they did not have and that is the Holy Spirit residing in each believer. Think about it – how cool is that?  He’s not off on a mountain top where the Israelites were afraid, He resides in each and every believer.   I even read that one of the reasons that signs and wonders are needed is so that people would believe.   Of all the Christians that I know and that includes myself, I saw no sign or wonder before I came to faith.   God prepared my heart, opened my eyes and ears and a year later I came to faith.  It was the working of the Holy Spirit. 

Sure it would be awesome to see Him part the ocean or  rain fire down from heaven but it serves no purpose for this era.   In fact, after all the signs and wonders, wandering around for 40 years and finally delivered to the land of milk and honey, except on a rare occasion, God did not provide signs and wonders but instead, He spoke through prophets.  Finally, after 400 years of silence, He sent His only begotten Son.  And Jesus certainly displayed many miracles but that was for the purpose of establishing that He was indeed the promised Messiah (that will be another post — the purpose of miracles).  As we get later into the epistles, we find that the apostles were preaching the Word and not performing miracles.  By that point, they had already established that they were from God and speaking for Him.

We have what we need and it is sufficient.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)

A focus on signs and wonders can, in and of itself, become an idol.


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  1. Tami

    Good morning, Tishrei ~

    I came to Jesus the same way – He wooed me & prepared me. I saw my need and His ability to meet it (at least I HOPED it was true).

    We have been given the Sign of Jonah (Matt. 12:38-39) and maybe that’s enough! Anything else the Lord continues to give is accounted again among His blessings, but maybe that one sign is enough!

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Tami and Good Morning :)

      That’s exactly it – same question of today was no different than the days of Jesus’ time here. He answered that question as you pointed out — the sign of Jonah.

  2. Margaret


    How very well put!….. So many want God to be their little genie in a lamp, but don’t want to show God the respect due Him….. The respect of having trust and believing all the evidence of His almighty power….. If we care to think about it, God does do many miracles for us day by day, but we’re not thankful for all that He does….. We can’t even breathe without His power….. And, like you said, having the Holy Spirit in our hearts is a most awesome miracle.


    1. Tishrei

      Oy, the genie in a lamp — that’s so true. I could go on an on about that and even blogged about that. It’s sad but it’s true.

  3. Liz

    i agree and it is sad even in churches today. people always want more and are never satisfied.

    i think that is when the flesh comes in and tries to do wonders all in the”name of jesus” when jesus is not in it at all.

  4. Loren

    “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

    Great post! Before the Holy Spirit was given to the Church at Pentecost, signs were necessary as the “credentials” of the Apostles that God was with them. We have now the Holy Spirit and the New Testament, both of which provide ample testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    If people will not believe those, what makes them think that they would be convinced by a dramatic “sign?”

    1. Tishrei

      I agree totally, if people did not believe those great signs and wonders then, man has not changed in that this time around, he’ll believe them. We may live in different times but man’s nature has not changed.

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