A Rolling Sea of Marble
The earliest believers in Jesus or Yeshua were Hebrews. Those initial believers understood kingdom prayer, Bible prophecy, the miracles of the Almighty, the concept of the kingdom, and the sacrificial death of the Messiah in a most insightful manner. They experienced answers to prayer which are rarely seen today.
“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
Those believers usually congregated in the courts of the Temple, often in Solomon’s Colonnade (Acts 2:46). In this semi-open cloister, men and women could assemble together freely. The idea of the marble columns, floors, and walls of Solomon’s Colonnade shaking as a consequence of prayer seems impossible and utterly wondrous today.
Prayer was the Hebrew believers’ request for help from the Almighty One they knew as HaMakor, which means the Source of Life and Blessing. When the shaking came abruptly and violently, it was apparent to them that it was not produced by natural causes – even though it resembled the heaving of the sea, the convulsing of an earthquake, and trees being shaken by the wind.
The early believers perceived the shaking as a divine answer to their prayers. The King of Nature, to whom they were appealing, was surely among them. His response to their prayers was anticipated. But this? The moving marble was stunning evidence that the Divine Presence was speaking. He was there reassuring them with strength, guidance, and protection.
Because of them, our own prayers can be filled with confidence and understanding. Our prayers can build our unity. Prayers can establish and expand the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
Published August 17, 2017