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The Miracles: Exploring the Mystery of Jesus's Divine Works. by Simon J. Most Christians know the stories of Jesus healing people and controlling nature, but many are less sure why Jesus did these things or how they relate to their lives today. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Theologian, professor, and author Simon J. Kistemaker carefully examines each of Jesus's miracles

Theologian, professor, and author Simon J. Kistemaker carefully examines each of Jesus's miracles. He lays out the cultural background, explains symbolism and Old Testament connections, and fleshes out the details of each story. Each chapter also includes a section focused on how the miracle relates to the life of the modern follower of Jesus.

In The Miracles: Exploring the Mystery of Jesus’s Divine Works, Simon J. Kistemaker takes an in-depth look at each of Jesus’s powerful works, reflecting on both the historical and cultural background as well as their impact on our faith. Kistemaker divides Jesus’s miracles into categories, including the nature miracles, sick made well, ears to hear, demons expelled and raised from the dead. As a result, readers get a solid look at the style and continuity of Jesus’s interactions with others. One of the most fascinating sections of the book is the examination of the nature miracles.

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Exploring the Mystery of Jesus's Divine Works. Explores each miracle of Jesus to discover their background, purpose, and relevance to life today

Exploring the Mystery of Jesus's Divine Works. Explores each miracle of Jesus to discover their background, purpose, and relevance to life today. From the author of The Parables and The Conversations of Jesus. Religion & Spirituality Nonfiction.

Professor Simon J. Kistemaker has spent his professional life studying the words and actions of those who spent . Kistemaker has spent his professional life studying the words and actions of those who spent time with Jesus. In The Conversations of Jesus he offers a glimpse into the lives of those who were touched by encounters with Jesus Christ. Readers will find much in common with these first-century people, including their feelings of inadequacy, confusion, and joy at meeting the Savior. Ideal for laypersons and pastors, The Conversations of Jesus helps readers strengthen their walks with Christ as they learn about others who have walked this path before.

What Miracles Did Jesus Perform? . Simon answered, Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.

What Miracles Did Jesus Perform? Christianity. For the most part, Christians know that Jesus performed many miracles but may be surprised to learn of some they didn't know before. Though this is an incomplete list according to John 21:25: "Jesus did many other things as well. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.

I love the clear, simple, yet profoundly insightful way Simon Kistemaker explores the miracles of Jesus. This is a rich and rewarding study of all the major signs and wonders recorded in the Gospels.

In The Miracles, Simon J. Kistemaker carefully examines each of Jesus’ miracles. What a wonderful book! I’ve been reading The Miracles devotionally and it has fed my soul and my mind. If you’ve never studied the miracles of Jesus, been overwhelmed by their power, and rejoiced in what Jesus does for his own, this is the place to start. Read it! You’ll be so glad you did.

Most Christians know the stories of Jesus healing people and controlling nature, but many are less sure why Jesus did these things or how they relate to their lives today. Theologian, professor, and author Simon J. Kistemaker carefully examines each of Jesus's miracles. He lays out the cultural background, explains symbolism and Old Testament connections, and fleshes out the details of each story. Each chapter also includes a section focused on how the miracle relates to the life of the modern follower of Jesus. Kistemaker's scholarly attention to detail coupled with accessible explanations and application will make this book valuable to everyone from lay readers to pastors looking for sermon material.
Cobyno
I thought the book was well written and did a very good job of doing what the title says it does.
Rainshaper
Jesus was renown throughout Israel not just for His teachings but for His power. He was the rabbi who opened the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, and made the crippled walk again.

In The Miracles: Exploring the Mystery of Jesus's Divine Works, Simon J. Kistemaker takes an in-depth look at each of Jesus's powerful works, reflecting on both the historical and cultural background as well as their impact on our faith. Kistemaker divides Jesus's miracles into categories, including the "nature miracles," "sick made well," "ears to hear," "demons expelled" and "raised from the dead." As a result, readers get a solid look at the style and continuity of Jesus's interactions with others.

One of the most fascinating sections of the book is the examination of the nature miracles. Moments such as Jesus turning the water into wine, stilling the storm, feeding the thousands and cursing the fig tree are looked at from a fresh, Biblical perspective.

When reflecting on the miracle of paying the temple tax with a coin pulled from a fish's mouth, he writes:

"Of all the four Gospel writers only Matthew, the former tax collector, tells the story of Jesus paying the temple tax --- a tax that had to be paid annually for the upkeep of the religious services at the Jerusalem temple. It amounted to a half shekel, which was the equivalent of a worker's earnings for two days, and every Jewish male above the age of twenty had to pay this amount."

Throughout the book, Kistemaker offers rich insights and observations on the Bible text. For example, he notes that when Jesus instructed Peter to go to the Lake of Galilee and the disciple returns with the coin to pay the tax, this is the only miracle where Jesus was a partial beneficiary. All of the other miracles Jesus performed were for the benefit of others.

On another occasion, he points out that the miracle of the withering fig tree is the only miracle that Jesus performed that had no immediate beneficial effect on the disciples. Such insights make this an enjoyable read.

Each short chapter ends with "Points to Ponder," where the author provides several insights on the text and what they mean to the modern faith journey. As a result, the book can be read as a devotional.

The irony of this book on miracles is that Kistemaker doesn't seem convinced that Jesus heals people in the same miraculous ways today. He writes, "Although Jesus does not renovate human bodies today as he did in the first century, his presence is as real today as it was in the earlier days when he walked along the Lake of Galilee or the city streets of Jerusalem." While such observations challenge readers to embrace a personal relationship with Jesus, they undermine the wonder and power of Jesus that is naturally highlighted whenever His miracles are examined and reflected upon.

Overall, The Miracles is a solid book and an excellent academic resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Jesus's work.

--- Reviewed by Margaret Feinberg
Moronydit
After reading Kistemaker's book on the Parables of Jesus, I was looking forward to using this book to serve as an outline and source material for a home Bible Study.

Kistemaker has done a good job in categorizing the miracles, and each miracles receives it's own chapter, as well as "Points to Ponder". There is some good background information that helps bring the miracles to life and that helps in understanding the culture and times in which they occurred.

The main problem I have with the book is that when Kistemaker uses his imagination to "visualize" the events around the miracles, he often writes these visualizations as fact without providing any distinction between them and what the scriptural texts actually say. here are just a few examples:

* He writes that the woman with an issue of blodd "squatted in the road" and that a "tassel at the bottom of His robe slipped over her hand when he walked past." The scriptures actually state that she "came up behind him" and "touched the edge of his cloak".
* He says of the crippled woman in Luke 13 "...due to her condition she had trouble focusing on Jesus during the service." Again, not backed up by scripture.
* Of the demoniac in Gadara he states that "the town had banished him to dwell in an underground graveyard among the tombs." The scriptures merely state that he lived there - whether of his own choosing or not is speculation.
* Of the epileptic boy with a demon, Kistemaker writes "First Andrew had uttered a foolproof formula in casting out demons: 'In the name of Jesus of nazareth, I tell you, come out of the boy.' Nothing happened. Then Bartholomew wanted to exorcise the demon. he uttered the same words..." All of this is pure speculation with absolutley no scriptural verification.
* Of the daughter of Jairus, Kistemaker writes that Jesus "...did not touch the dead body..." but the scriptures plainly states that He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha koum!" (which means, "Little girl, I say to you, get up!" )

Because Kistemaker does not clearly indicate when he is using his imagination and when he is recounted what is actually stated in scripture, the reader is left at times bewildered and wondering what is real and what is imaginary. Using one's imagination to help us picture a story is a viable creative and artistic tool, but when writing about scriptural events, the author needs to take care to clearly indicate what is real and what is imagined or embellished.

Also, in an effort to make each miracle stand on it's own, several points get made over and over again by Kistemaker. While this is useful when considering each small chapter on it's own, it can get repetitive if reading through larger sections of the book at one time.

Because of these issues, the book started strong for me but then lost steam toward the middle. Kistemakers book on parables is, in my opinion, a better work than this one.
The Miracles: Exploring the Mystery of Jesus’s Divine Works ebook
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Simon J. Kistemaker
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