While reading through the Holy scriptures I am fascinated with all the supernatural things that took place. Not surprising seeing that our God is a supernatural being, and an incredible supernatural being. There is none like him. Exodus 8:10 & Exodus 9:14
In this article we'll flip through the pages of the Holy Script and discuss some of these supernatural situations that arise. Certainly I won't be able to cover them all, so I'm going to pick out some of my favorites.
Genesis 32:24-32 - God wrestles with a man
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the break of day. And when he (God) saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
And he said(God), let me go for the day breaketh. And he said (Jacob) , I will not let thee go, except though bless me. And he said unto him, what is thy name? And he said Jacob. And he said thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
And Jacob asked him, and said tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And said, wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?* And he blessed him there.
* Basically God is asking Jacob ....."Can you be ignorant of who I am - your Blesser-Redeemer? refs. Dakes pg. 48 letter O
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
The book of Exodus is filled with supernatural events, as God deals with Moses, The Children of Israel, Pharoah, and all the inhabitants of Egypt.
Unfortunately I won't be able to share all the stories, nevertheless let's check out a few.....
In this story Moses encounters a bush that is on fire, but is not being consumed by the flames.
Exodus 3:1-6 - Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said Moses, Moses. And he said, here I am. And he said(God) draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, The God of Abraham, the God of Issac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. It was an ancient belief that if one saw God he would die (dakes bible pg. 108 ,letter o)
In this next scene God has sent Moses, who is eighty years old and his older brother Aaron, who is eighty three years old, down into Egypt to see Pharoah.
Exodus 7:8-12 - And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharoah shall speak unto you, saying shew(show) a miracle for you; then thou shalt say unto Aaron take thy rod, and cast it before Pharoah, and it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went into Pharoah, and did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharoah, and his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharoah called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt they also did in like manner with thier enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
Exodus 7:19-22 - God speaks to Moses and tells him to tell Aaron to stretch out his Rod over the waters of Egypts. When he did this, the waters turned to blood. The fish in the rivers died and the land stank. However, Pharoah's magicians did likewise using their enchantments.
Exodus 8:5-14 - God speaks to Moses and tells him to tell Aaron to stretch out his hand over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come upon the land of Egypt. Aaron did so, and frog came up and covered the land of Egypt. Pharoah's magicians, once again did likewise.
However after some time, Pharoah called for Moses and Aaron and begged them to ask God to destroy the frogs. God granted the request and killed off the frogs, and they gathered them into heaps, and the land stank.
My friends can you imagine piles of stinking dead frogs covering your neighborhood!
Exodus 8:16-19 - And God said unto Moses, tell Aaron to stretch out his rod and smite the dust so that it may become lice throughout the land of Egypt. And Aaron did as he told and there was lice throughout the land of Egypt.
Pharoah's magician's tried to do so....but could not. They said unto Pharoah....."this is the finger of God".
Exodus 8:24-29 - swarm of flies
But the flies stayed away from the Hebrew slaves
Exodus 9:1-4 - plague of murrain ( not sure exactly what this plague was, except that it was grevious and brought death). This plague was upon the Egyptian's cattle, horses, asses, camels , oxen and the sheep. However the plague did not affect the cattle and animals of the children of Israel. Refs.Dakes bible page 117 letter a
Exodus 9:8-11 - plague of boils and blains. The boils broke out upon the flesh and causing severe inflammation, burning and swelling. The blains were an elevation of the skin containing pus. This sounds absolutely awful.
And these symptoms were all over the magicians, so much so that they were unable to stand before Moses
Exodus 9:22-33 - God sends hail, and thunder down upon the Egyptians, and fire ran along the ground. The hail pounded both man and beast, and did major damage to the egyptian's crops.
This was a serious storm, and if you were caught outside in it, you most likely would have been killed.
Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.
Exodus 10:13-19 - God sends locusts throughout the land of Egypt. The locusts covered the land, and ate all the herbs and fruit that the hail had not destroyed. And Pharoah called for Moses and Aaron and pleaded with them to ask the Lord to take away the locusts, and the Lord did so.
Exodus 10:21-23 - The plague of darkness. God causes an unusual thick darkness to come upon the land of Egypt. People could not see one another neither did anyone rise from their place, for three days. But the children of Israel had light.
Exodus chapters 11&12 - In chapter 11 God himself travels to Egypt and all the firstborn whether it was man or beast, maid or servant, died that night. In chapter 12 the "passover" was instituted. This is where the children of Israel struck the side posts and upper post of their homes, with lambs blood. thus when God passed through the land, and saw the blood on the posts, he passed over that home and the first born was not slain. God Reminded them to keep this day as a memorial for all the generations to come.
FIrst born is slain
If you are really interested in the supernatural, then I suggest you read the book of Ezekiel.
Ezekiel was a jewish priest in Babylon. In 593 B.C. , his visions begin. He sees four living creatures, four gigantic wheels, the expanse, and the Lord God!
As you read this first chapter of the book of Ezekiel, one cannot help but try to imagine this vision, this man is seeing. Ezekiel is thirty years old at the time of this vision.
I'm going the write a few verses from chapter one, and then I will share with you some of the 3d images, paintings, and drawings, I found concerning these spectacular sights.
This is Ezekiel speaking Ezekiel 1:1-14 - Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar; that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity.
The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
And I looked, and behold a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber (yellowish brown) , out of the midst of the fire.
Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures.*
* These living creatures are called "Cherubims" refs. Dake's bible pg. 1364 letter P
And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. And everyone had four faces, and everyone had four wings. And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkeld like the color of burnished brass.
Pictures from Google.com
* just a note from Finis Jennings Dake (Dake's Bible)
Much symbolism is made out of this plain literal description of these angelic beings called cherubims, but each has no foundation in Scripture or any value in teaching the gospel or biblical doctrine They do not represent the 4 gospels , different parts of creation, or the nature of man any more than other creatures described in Scripture. Dake's Bible pg. 1364 letter R
And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides and they four had their faces and their wings. Their wings were joined one to another, they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. And they went every one straight forward; whither the spirit was to go, they went, and they turned not when they went.
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
Now my friends, be honest, would you be like the prophet Ezekiel, and sit there and take all this, or would you be running in the opposite direction as fast as you could? We probably would be too scared to run. :)
...........But there is more..........
In Ezekiel 1:15-21 - the prophet encounters some wheels. Not just ordinary wheels, but breathtaking wheels. They were wheels within a wheel. They were enormously high, and dreadful (vs. 18) , because they were full of eyes!
Next the prophet sees yet another spectacular site..... the firmament.......Ezekiel 1:22-28
The prophet watching in amazement, sees the four creatures along with the four sets of wheels that are loaded with eyes. These beings were supporting the crystal like area called the firmament, which has God's throne sitting above it!
This not doubt must have been an incredible site! Artists below capture this image with their paintings and drawings.
And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the color of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. Ezekiel 1:22
And above the firmament that was over their heads was as the likeness of a throne , as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins een downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about it. Ezekiel 1:27
I hope you enjoyed and are interested in these supernatrural pictures and stories found on the pages of God's Holy scriptures. There are many , many more to be read and studied , for they have meaning and are very important to us.