Coronavirus, Another Means of God Speaking to Humans #6
In the first article I have introduced this topic and have started with a means of God interacting with the first man, Adam. I continued with this by telling us some of the ancient means and which are still applicable today in article 3. This article is emphasizing that there are different means of God speaking to humans, and nations, therefore, it is of no need that one imitates or copies someone else. I shall continue with expatiation of other means in this article.
10. Through Signs
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines sign as an event, an action, a fact etc. that shows that something exists, is happening or may happen in the future. It is synonymous with indication.
Through signs God also speaks to humans. I will in this verse show us some examples from the Holy Bible where God speaks through signs to people.
(a) Rainbow Formation After the Sacrifice of Noah
When Noah and the people inside the ark not excluding the animals that he has taken into the ark before the rain began got out of the ark, Noah offered sacrifices to the Lord and the Lord answered by showing a sign in heaven that he would never destroy the earth again with flood as he has done with the first world.
“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
“And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
“And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
“And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.” (Gen 9:13-16)
Through this sign God has been speaking to humans and today he is still speaking to us through this sign, the rainbow formation.
(b) Prophet Moses
When Prophet Moses saw the burning bush which was a sign to him he was attracted to the sign and after God saw that he has been fascinated by what he saw he was able to commune with him. (Exo. 3)
Many of us are never fascinated by God’s signs, we often time encumbered by our social activities and works as did Martha.
After getting close and discussing with God through the burning bush, he asked for sign that he would show unto the people and King Pharaoh when he goes to Egypt and signs were given him which he would be showing to people that he, God is at work through his Prophet.
(c) Thundering During Days of Prophet Samuel
The people of Israel have sinned unto the Lord and the enemies have triumphed over them, but they contacted Prophet Samuel whom they knew God has established as new Judge, priest and Ruler over them that he should do something and after their fasting and prayers God shew a sign by sending thunders which discomfited their enemies to show that he was at work on the plight of his people.
“And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.” (1 Sa 7:10)
(d) King Jeroboam
After this King receives uncommon grace from the Lord because of the error of King Solomon his master and he was given the larger share of the kingdom as punishment to the house of Judah for the error of their son, King Solomon, he was unable to keep to the standards and rules of the Lord which the prophet (Ahijah) who told him the prophesy says God expects him to keep to, passing the litmus test so that he would establish his name in the Kingdom.
“And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.” (1 Ki 11:38)
God sends another prophet to him for the southern Kingdom, which is the land of Judah, the name of the prophet was not stated but some bible scholars believed he was prophet Iddo. This prophet after telling him what the Lord plans to do for him for leading the people of God into idolatry, showed him and those who were gathered with him worshiping idols a sign which happened that day.
“And he gave a sign the same day, saying, this is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
“The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.” (1 Ki 13:3 & 5)
The king wanted to use his authority and he declares that the prophet be arrested, and his hand withered instantly which stops his servants from arresting the prophet. It was by his prayers that the withered hand was restored. (1 Ki 13: 4, 6)
Through the shown signs, the Lord passed his message unto the people that they have erred, and they were not worshiping him by worshiping idols. Though, her permitted what happened to happen but he did not sanction idolatry.
(e) Leaping of the Child inside Elizabeth
When Mary the mother of Jesus was pregnant and she went to visit Elizabeth, it was recorded that the baby leaped in her on hearing the salutation of Mary. This tells her that the pregnancy inside Mary would be a special child it was a sign unto her which would solidify whatever story that the maiden may tell her about the pregnancy and which she would use to talk to others about the child that Mary would be given birth to.
“And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
“And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
“And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
“For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luk 1:40-45)
(f) Storm as Sign for Those in the Ship
God sends Jonah a message but for his selfish reasons which was enmeshed in the love he has for his country, Israel, he does not want to embark on the journey, and he decided to flee to another country. In the ship that he boarded God sends a sign to show that his ways were wrong, and the people on board too discovered that it was a sign and that God was speaking to them to reference Yahweh and believe the God of Israel. (Jon 1:10-17)
(g) Signs Shown During Jesus Death
God shown the skeptical minds that Jesus was indeed the messiah and his son when he was nailed to the cross.
- Three Hours Darkness Throughout the Land When Jesus was on the Cross: God shows the Jews a sign when Jesus was on the cross that he is his son and that they should believe him as the Messiah.
“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” (Mat 27:45)
- Tearing of Veil of Temple: When Jesus gave up the ghost, the veil of the temple was rent (torn) exposing the most holy place which usually should not be exposed for commoners to see. By this God shows the people the sign of salvation of bringing the salvation close to people.
“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;” (Mat 27:51)
- Opening of the Graves of the Saints: The graves of the saints in Jerusalem were also said to be opened and people see their bodies to show them of the future event the coming resurrection for the saints of God.
“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
“And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
“Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, truly this was the Son of God.” (Mat 27:52-54)
(h) Disciples on Their way to Emmaus
After Jesus resurrection some disciples were disturbed and they were uncertain about what they have heard from others and while going to Emmaus a city nigh by Jerusalem, Jesus appeared unto them albeit they did not know that it was Jesus and they were speaking, and Jesus was expounding the scriptures to them their hearts became ignited, they started feeling something but they were not verily observant of what they were feeling they were uncertain of what their minds was telling them until Jesus broke the bread with them and disappeared, then they were able to discern and conclude that the sign they had been ignoring were indeed true of Jesus.
“And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
“And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
“And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luk 24:30-32)
Through signs like these God speaks to people of his intentions. Through signs God is still speaking to us today, we are the ones who should be patient and be observant of those signs to know more of God. The signs with which he may use to pass the message to you may not be the same as the one he will use in passing message to someone else. The important thing is we should be observant of those signs so that we shall not miss them when they are being shown unto us. Thus, the author of the book of Psalms says, “shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me” (Psa. 86:17). Token here is a Hebrew word which is “אות”, Romanized form is 'ôth (phonetic spelling is oth) which could also mean a sign. He knows the importance of God communicating with him with signs, thence he asks for it. Won’t you also ask for this kind of sign from God?
In the next article I shall continue with the means of God speaking to people.
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