God of the Impossible
“And He said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’ (Luke 18:27)
With God all things are possible, therefore nothing is impossible with God. That is so awesome! No wonder for many persons the Bible is just a story book, made up of myths and legends. The logical. limited and finite mind of man cannot comprehend the supernatural omnipotence of God, so he mistakenly believes that the Almighty is a Zeus or a Hercules, powerful in their sphere of influence. No, “Our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29), able and capable of executing all His pronouncements just by His Word alone, and none of it shall return to Him void. Fire is associated with the presence and power of God (Exodus 3:2) What a wonderful God we serve! His power is all encompassing and His mighty acts breathtaking. He has demonstrated His wonders in His Creation. Psalm 19 – The Psalmist says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork. He questions Job: “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth.......or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? God continued with similar quetionings, reminding Job of the Creation and its mysteries (Job 38-41)
Adam Clarke in one of his commentaries on the questionings of Job explains it this way: Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
What is God? A Being self-existent, eternal, infinite, immense, without bounds, incomprehensible either by mind, or time, or space. Who then can find this Being out? Who can fathom his depths, ascend to his heights, extend to his breadths, and comprehend the infinitude of his perfections?
Paul states in 1 Corinthians 1: 25,27 “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” Jesus said In Matthew 11:25-28: “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. “ Who else but the Mighty One could transform uneducated and ordinary fishermen to defy the authorities and preach the gospel, the good news. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
God intervenes in miraculous ways in the affairs of men. (1 Kings 17:10-24) Elijah had gone into hiding from Jezebel who threatened his life for having had her prophets killed. God’s mighty acts were displayed in the life of Elijah, the prophet, whom God permitted the ravens to providentially feed. He sent him to the widow of Zaraphath who also was experiencing great hunger because of the famine. Under God’s direction Elijah was able to convince her to take the last bit of oil she had, and fill all the jars that Elijah advised her to borrow from her neighbours. The oil increased as long as she had jars to fill and her barrel of meal did not waste because she followed the words of Elijah who had requested that she make some cakes with the meal she had. Some time later, her son fell ill and died and she cast blame on Elijah, but he took her son and miraculously brought him back to life.
Elisha, having received a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, healed the leprosy of Naaman the captain of the Syrian army. (2 Kings 5: 1-15). Naaman at first refused to carry out the seven-time dip in the Jordan that Elisha advised him to do. He saw this advice as an insult, more so as Elisha did not even honour him with his presence but sent word to him by a messenger. Yet, God’s purpose has to be fulfilled and on the advice of one of his own subjects, he relented and on the seventh dip, his skin was restored to him whole. Jesus, condemning the Jews for their unbelief angered them by stating “For I tell you a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias (Elijah), when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus (Elisha), the prophet; and none were cleansed, saving Naaman, the Syrian.” (Luke 4:2627)
We see God’s almighty power extending to the celestial luminaries in obeisance to man. Joshua said in the presence of Israel “Sun, stand still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.... And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man, for the Lord fought for Israel.” (Joshua 10:12-14)
Hezekiah found favour with God when he prayed to God to reverse his illness that would lead to death. God added fifteen years to his life and said, “This shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He has spoken; Behold I will bring again the shadow of the degrees which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.” Can man ever conceive of such a thing! Even more so to accomplish it?
Man’s power and position pale in insignificance against the mighty hand of God. We note that Saul, a Jew, a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, with all the accolades that biography affords, could not stand up against Jesus’ purpose for him – to carry the gospel to the Gentiles. Saul, later Paul after his conversion, breathing fire and brimstone, presumptuously set out for Damascus to persecute the followers of Jesus to bring them back to Jerusalem. Knocked off his horse, he heard the voice of Jesus, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Blinded for three days, he came face to face with the Truth – Jesus Christ.
Paul heard, “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee: Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:16-18)
It was fitting that Paul preach to the Gentiles. His education and background allowed him to respond in a different manner from that of the apostles on his journeys that would take him to many different audiences and places. Paul introduced the Gentiles to Jesus Christ and His Father, the one true God. He appealed to them that idolatry, as well as sacrifices to other gods, was a sin and anathema to God. In Hebrews 10:10 he says, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” No longer was the sacrifice of bulls and goats necessary after Jesus’ death on the Cross. He introduced them to the observance of the seventh day Sabbath. In Hebrews 4:4-10 “For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day .... ”On the seventh day God rested from all his works” and later “There remains, then, a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.” This is a reminder to us all that the Sabbath Day is still in force and was never done away with. Only God has the power to convert a persecutor of Christ into becoming a humble believer to passionately and zealously bring non-believers to His kingdom.
The crowning and most glorious event of all these miraculous, marvellous, spectacular and superntural acts was God’s raising of His Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead. On the third day after He was buried in the tomb, following His crucifixion on the Cross, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ took place. Even though Jesus, Himself, predicted this future occurrence on three occasions to his disciples, they did not believe the women when they told them they had seen Jesus; “And their words seemed to them as idle tales and they believed them not.” (Luke 24: 11). The Impossible had become possible and left all in consternation. The Resurrection now became the Blessed Hope for all Christians and for those who would become believers in the future.
Quotes taken from KJV