Unusual miracles

Acts Bible Background

07.15.2015 New Testament: Acts 19.11–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 19.1–20 on July 15, In the year of our Lord 2014

By Don Ruhl

What was a miracle? A miracle was the temporary suspension of a natural law, such as when Jesus temporarily suspended the law of gravity and walked on water.

Miracles then were by definition unusual. However, in the New King James Version of Acts 19.11–12, Luke made a reference to “unusual miracles,”

Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them (Acts 19.11–12). 

God, the Creator of our natural laws, worked through Paul to do “unusual miracles.” These were unusual in that Paul was passive. He did not in this case perform the miracle by calling on the name of Jesus and touching someone, and so on, but people came to him, put cloth on him, then took the cloth away, and applied it to the sick and the demon-possessed, and it healed people.

Miracles were unusual, but some were more unusual than others.

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