Miracles of the Torah

Torah (Old Testament) Miracle Stories

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The famous Torah miracle of God parting a sea for the people to escape from slavery. Illustration by Tridus/Getty Images

God performs many memorable miracles in the Torah, the main sacred written law and teachings of Judaism. From the miracle of creation to the miraculous ways God interacts with his people, the Torah tells an inspirational story of a living God at work in the world he has made.

Miracles All Around

The Torah praises the miraculous design of God’s creation, showing that miracles can happen at any time and place in a wonderful world that God the Creator has set in motion.

Genesis 1:31 declares: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” As people pay attention to all the natural signs of God’s presence around them, they can experience the miracle of getting to know God without needing any supernatural signs, the Torah shows.

Getting People’s Attention

However, the Torah reveals plenty of times when God does use supernatural signs to get people to pay attention to him. In Exodus chapter 3, the prophet Moses notices a burning bush that is not consumed by the fire, and God speaks to him out of the burning bush once Moses pays attention to what’s going on.

Accomplishing Divine Purposes

Miracles aren’t random in the Torah. Throughout the Torah, God performs miracles that are tied to specific purposes. Some of those purposes include:

  • Helping the Hebrew people gain victory over their enemies: In Joshua 10:12-13, God stops both the sun and the moon from moving in the sky to give his people enough time to defeat their enemies before the darkness of night arrives.
  • Helping the Hebrew people escape from dangerous situations: The book of Exodus describes how God uses miraculous power to send 10 plagues on Egypt (including turning water into blood and sending swarms of frogs and locusts) to convince the Egyptian pharaoh that he needs to stop oppressing the Hebrew people. When the Israelites are finally able to flee Egypt, a mighty Egyptian army pursues them, so in Exodus chapter 14 God performs the dramatic miracle of splitting the Sea of Reeds (sometimes also called the Red Sea) into two watery halves with a path of dry land in the middle for the Hebrew people to cross quickly. Then, after the Israelites safely cross over, God puts the sea back into its natural state, flooding the Egyptian army so it can’t harm the Israelites.
  • Encouraging people to trust God: When faithful Hebrew men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to follow commands from Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar to worship a golden idol, Nebuchadnezzar orders the three men to be thrown into a furnace. Yet, even in the face of death, the men choose to trust in the living God, and God miraculously keeps them unharmed inside the fiery furnace. After seeing how God delivers Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel 4:3 records that Nebuchadnezzar exclaims about God: “How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!”
  • Teaching people to rely on God’s provision: Exodus chapter 16 records the story of how God miraculously provides supernatural bread called "manna" for the Hebrew people to eat during the 40 years they spend in the desert wilderness. Every morning for six days of each week, God causes manna to appear on the ground for the people to eat as much as they need that day. But the people can’t store the manna except during the Sabbath day (the seventh day of each week, when they can eat some of what they save from the double portion God provides on the sixth day). If they try to store manna at any other time, it spoils. In this way, God teaches people to rely on him to give them just what they need, right when they need it.
  • Reminding people of God’s constant presence with them: God miraculously manifests as part of his own creation -- a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night -- to give the Israelites a visible reminder of the fact that he is constantly with them. Exodus chapter 13 records how God leads the Hebrew people from within the cloud and fire.
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