Supernatural Events

Shavua Tov. The Talmud in מסכת גיטין describes in detail how Shlomo Hamelech had to go to great pains to capture the Shamir, a supernatural worm used to cut stone and engrave the stones of the breastplate of the כהן גדול.

The Mishna in Pirkei Avot describes the Shamir as one of ten things created at the end of creation. The Manna, the ground opening, the Well of Miriam, the tablets, etc. were other examples of such creations.

The Midrash explains that Hashem made certain conditions with nature at the time of creation as he set things in motion, that He was going to need them to change their normal course for specific future events.

The sea would be asked to divide in Moshe's time, the sun would be asked to stand still in Yehoshua's time, the ground would open to devour Korach, and the well would travel with the Jewish people in the desert.

It is fascinating how are holy books are able to explain even the supernatural events recorded in our Tanach.