We live in a world that is watching wars begin in our time. Looking back at the Bible Timeline events happening in March, we are reminded of the faithfulness of God to be with His people during uncertain times. This month begins a traditional time of fasting within Christianity. This year prayer and fasting is even more important in light of currently world events.
Today, let’s look back at what God has done in history as we watch current history being written.
March 2 – Adar I 29
- Lent Begins: Today is known as Ash Wednesday in the Christian tradition and marks the beginning of a forty-day fast known as Lent. Lent is a time of fasting, repenting, and giving to those in need in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lent has been observed in some form since the fourth century.
March 4 – Adar II 1
- New Moon/New Month: The month of Adar I begins today. Adar is pronounced ah-DAR.
- Plague of darkness: According to Jewish history, this is the date the plague of darkness began in Egypt. The children of Israel living in Goshen were not affected by the plague of darkness. Exodus 10:2.
March 6 – Adar II 3
- Second Temple Completed: Under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Jeshua, the first group of captives returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. After many years and several delays, the Second Temple was completed and dedicated to God on this day. Ezra 6:13-16
March 8 – Adar II 5
- Moses’ Final Instructions: Over the past forty days Moses had given the children of Israel his final instructions, today marks the last of day of his address to them. Deuteronomy 31:24-32.
March 9 – Adar II 6
- Moses and the Pentateuch: On Adar 6, 1273 BC, Moses completed the thirteen copies of the Pentateuch according to tradition. One copy was created for each of the twelve tribes of Israel and one copy for the Ark of the Covenant. Deuteronomy 31:9
March 10 – Adar II 7
- The Song of Moses: On this day, Moses gave the children of Israel a song, referred to later in Scripture as the Song of Moses. After singing this song, God allowed Moses to see the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 32:1-43
- Moses Died: On Adar 7, 1273, Moses died at the age of 120. According to Jewish history, this was also his birthday. Moses died on Mount Nebo and was buried by God in the valley of Moab. To this day, the location of his grave is unknown. Deuteronomy 34:5-8
March 15 – Adar II 12
- Second Temple Rededicated: Jewish history records Adar 12, 11 BC as the rededication of the Second Temple after Herod the Great completed his renovations. While Herod was king, he had the Second Temple restored and the courtyard expanded. This was the Temple at which Jesus worshipped. This Temple and the surrounding courtyards were completed in 63 AD and destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
March 16 – Adar II 13
- Haman’s Date: Adar 13 was the date selected by Haman, by lots, to destroy all the Jews living in Persia. Esther 3:13
- Haman’s Sons Died: The ten sons of Haman were killed in Sushan and then hung on the gallows. Haman’s ten sons died on the exact date set for the Jews to die. Esther 9:6-10,13-14
- Fast of Esther: Today is traditionally a day of fasting. It is a time to remember how Esther and the Jews of Persia fasted before she went to the king asking him to spare the Jewish people from death. Esther 4:15-17.
March 17 & 18 – Adar II 14 & 15
- Purim: The holiday of Purim was instituted in the book of Esther. These days are set aside to remember how God used Queen Esther of Persia to deliver His people from death. Purim is celebrated for two days. Esther 9:21.
March 19 – Adar II 16
- Walls of Jerusalem: By Jewish tradition this is the day King Agrippa began rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in 41 BC.
March 25 – Adar 22
- First Priests Anointed: Moses consecrated Aaron and his sons as the first priests to serve in the newly built Tabernacle. From this point on, Aaron and his sons would minister in the Tabernacle. Leviticus 7-8.
- Presentation of Jesus: In Christian tradition, this day commemorates Jesus being presented by Joseph and Mary at the Second Temple in Jerusalem. At this time Mary offered a sacrifice for her purification in accordance with Leviticus 12:1-8. While at the Temple, Simeon and Anna prophesied over Jesus. Luke 2:22-38.
March 28 – Adar 24
- King Jehoiachin Restored: The book of Jeremiah records this as the time when the King of Babylon released King Jehoiachin of Judah from prison and restored him to a place of honor. Jeremiah 52:3.
If you would like to know more about the Biblical calendar and events for the rest of the year, here is the Wall Calendar and Notes.