The readings (August 8) point out ten miracles for today:
- Divine Order. Unlike the American dream, there are saints and then there are saints. We are not created equal. Miriam and Aaron complain, “Is it through Moses alone that the LORD speaks?” In today’s world, the office of Peter speaks for God. Jesus said, “Upon this rock, I will build my Church.”
- Healing. As many have said, “The expectations of God are supernaturally high but so is His willingness to forgive.” Because of Miriam’s rebellion, she comes down with a bad case of leprosy. But because of Moses’ prayer, she is healed. James 5 promises the continuation of this divine order, “If any man is sick, call for the elders of the church.
- Water from the Rock. Supernatural water begins in Genesis and ends in Revelation. The good news today is the Church is not some “parenthesis” between all the important stuff. Jesus continues to turn water into wine (John 2). Jesus promises a water of salvation (John 3) and in today’s Gospel Jesus walks on water suggesting His lordship over nature. Even King David needs salvation. He prays, “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. Jesus washed our sins again in our personal red sea of redemption, viz., baptism. Each Sunday, the baptismal font directs us to continued washing (cf. John 13).
- Weather can be Supernatural. In the Bible, storms represent more than cold and hot fronts colliding. The powers of darkness rage against the Creator. Seasoned fisherman are no match. Only Jesus can calm the storms. James offers his take on the weather, “Elijah (a just man like us) prayed for no rain and the heavens held their rain for 3.5 years.”
- God speaks. Numbers 12:6 states, “Should there be a prophet among you,
in visions will I reveal myself to him, in dreams will I speak to him;
not so with my servant Moses!” Paul advocates a continuation of this prophetic word in I Corinthians 14: “Everyone should seek to prophesy.” There is a qualitative difference between of the words of the Church and the words of her people.
- It’s Ok to Groan. Numbers 13:34, “The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
“How long will this wicked assembly grumble against me?” All of us are called to take up our cross.” “Taking up your Cross” is short hand for tribulation. The Paul says, in the Church, there should a ton of “groanings that cannot be uttered.” Not everyone in God’s church speaks in tongues (PTL), but everyone should learn the language of groaning (Romans 8).
- Ask God to Save You. “Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened;
and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and the boat bound apostles confessed: “Truly, you are the Son of God.” Peter’s obedience led to the conversion of his buddies in the boat. Your boldness may be the salvation of many.
- As for God’s Mercy. “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. For I acknowledge my offense; and my sin is before me always:”Against you only have I sinned;
and done what is evil in your sight.” Blaming others is as old as Adam and Eve. However, God loves to create. He creates heavens and earth. He makes us a “new creation” every time we participate in His vehicles of grace. Next time you go to church, make sure your Church is fully equipped.
- Relics Save. Matthew 14:26: “People brought to him all those who were sick
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak,
and as many as touched it were healed.” The word of God washes, convicts, frees, sanctifies, and delivers. Did you know there is more than one golf club in God’s salvation bag? The woman with the issue of blood believed in salvation by hem (HIM). She confessed, “If I can only touch the hem of His garment.” Today’s most famous relic is the Shroud of Turin. Even scientists find Christ through this miraculous relic.
- Jesus Continues to Say “Come.” Jesus promised, “Come unto me all you who are heavy laden.” Jesus doesn’t say come unto some amazing theology or set of rules but come unto Me. Acts 4:12 stands true today, “There is no other name under heaven we are saved.” Jesus asks us to come out of our little boat of presuppositions and enlarge of saving faith. The spirit of the Bridegroom says, “Come.”