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 current world events.
Today, let’s look back at what God has done in history as we watch current history being written.
March 5 – Adar 12
- Second Temple Rededicated: Jewish history records Adar 12, 11 BC as the re-dedication 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 worshiped. This Temple and the surrounding courtyards were completed in 63 AD and destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
March 6 – Adar 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 7 & 8 – Adar 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. Study Esther this week!
March 9 – Adar 16
- Walls of Jerusalem: By Jewish tradition this is the day King Agrippa began rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in 41 BC.
March 11 – Adar 18
- Half-Shekel: According to some Christian traditions, with in this week, Jesus told Peter to catch a sh, take the coin from its mouth, and pay the Temple tax of half a shekel for each of them. Matthew 17:24-27
March 15 – 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. Study the Birth of Jesus now!
March 18 – Adar 25
- 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.
April 1 – Adar 29
- Passover Instructions Given: On this day, the Lord told Moses that He was instituting a new calendar for the children of Israel. The Lord also gave Moses instruction for the celebration of Passover. Exodus 12 Prepare for Passover this year with the Moses Bible Study!
April 2 – Nisan 1
- New Moon/New Month: The month of Nisan begins today. Nisan is the first month in the biblical religious year. Nisan is pronounced nee-SHAN.
- Dry Land: Genesis 8:13 records that on the first day of the first month, Noah removed the covering on the ark because he could see dry land.
- The Tabernacle: In the second year after leaving Egypt, the children of Israel set up the Tabernacle on Nisan 1. The Tabernacle would serve as the central place of worship until the Temple was built in Jerusalem during the reign of King Solomon. Exodus 40:17
- The Temple Repaired: On Nisan 1, in the first year of King Hezekiah’s reign, he began to repair and restore the Temple. 2 Chronicles 29:3,17
- Ezra: Ezra, the scribe, left with the second group of Jewish captives to return from Babylon to Jerusalem. When Ezra arrived in Jerusalem, he taught the people the Word of God. Under Ezra’s encouragement, the men who had taken pagan wives repented of their sin, put away their pagan wives, and made the appropriate sacrifices. Ezra 7: 9 and Ezra 10:16-19
April 4 – Nisan 3
- Levites Ordained: Moses and the congregation brought the sons of Levi before the Tabernacle to ordain them for the service in the Tabernacle. Numbers 8:5-22.
April 6 – Nisan 5
- Spies: In Jewish history, Nisan 5, 1273 BC, marks the day Joshua sent scouts to spy out the Promised Land and to explore the city of Jericho. The spies ended up at the house of Rahab who hid them from the king of Jericho who was seeking to find and kill them. Joshua 2:1-11.
April 9 – Nisan 8
- The Temple Sanctified: In the first year of King Hezekiah’s rule in Judah, the priests and Levites reached the vestibule eight days after beginning to sanctify the Temple area. 2 Chronicles 29:3, 17
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.