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Bible Timeline Events in May 2023

Written by Dianna Wiebe on .

In May, the Bible Timeline showcases several significant historical events, such as the establishment of the time manna fell for the children of Israel in the desert to remembering Jesus’ ascension to heaven after imparting His final instructions to His disciples. It’s a perfect time to study and reflect on these crucial milestones by marking them on your calendar and reading related verses with your family.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Bible’s teachings.

May 1 – Iyar 10

Eli the Priest Died: On this day, Eli the Priest died after receiving word his sons were dead. Samuel lived at in Shiloh and helped Eli with the work of the Tabernacle. Eli taught and took care of the prophet Samuel as he grew up.  I Samuel 4:18

May 5 – Iyar 14

Second Passover: If a person is unable to keep the Feast of Passover, the biblical law allows you to celebrate the Passover one month later. The second Passover would have been celebrated by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus because they were unable to celebrate after burying Jesus. Numbers 9:6

May 6 – Iyar 15

Quail: The Bible records that the children of Israel complained against Moses because the bread they had brought out of Egypt was depleted. At evening, on this day, God sent a great number of quail to the children of Israel. Exodus 16:1-36

May 7 – Iyar 16

Manna: On this morning, Scripture records that manna fell for the rest time. Manna would continue to fall throughout the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel. Manna stopped falling only when they entered the Promised Land. Exodus 16:4-5 and Joshua 5:12

May 8 – Iyar 17

The Flood Subsided: After forty days and nights of rain, the flood waters remained on the earth of 150 days, after which the waters began to subside on the earth. Genesis 7:23-8

May 11- Iyar 20

The Cloud Moved: On this day the cloud was taken up from the Tabernacle leading the children of Israel away from Sinai and into the Wilderness of Paran. Numbers 10:11

May 13 – Iyar 22

First Sabbath: Traditionally, this marks the first Sabbath for the children of Israel after receiving the manna from the Lord. For six days they were to gather manna, and on the seventh day they were to rest. Exodus 16:4-5, 26-27

May 14 – Iyar 23

Water from the Rock: In Jewish history on Iyar 23 in 1313 BC, Moses hit the rock at Horeb to provide water for the children of Israel and their flocks. This location was then named Massah or Meribah. Exodus 17:6-7

May 18 – Iyar 25

Ascension Day: In Christian tradition, this is called Ascension Day, commemorating the day Jesus ascended into heaven following His resurrection. It is forty days after Easter and always falls on a Thursday. Acts 1:9

May 19- Iyar 28

Samuel Died: On Iyar 28 in the year 877 BC, Samuel the prophet and judge of Israel died according to Jewish history. Samuel began serving at the Tabernacle as a young child. He lived to be 52 years old and anointed both Saul and David as kings over Israel. Some Jewish sources put this event on Iyar 29. I Samuel 25:1

May 21- Sivan 1

New Moon/New Month: The month of Sivan begins today. Sivan is pronounced see-VHAN.

Boundaries at Mt. Sinai: On Sivan 1 the Lord instructed Moses to consecrate the children of Israel in preparation for the Lord’s appearance.The people were to set boundaries around Mount Sinai. Exodus 19:10-12

Ascension Day: In Christian tradition, this is called Ascension Day, commemorating the day Jesus ascended into heaven following His resurrection. It is forty days after Easter and always falls on a Thursday. Acts 1:9

May 23 – Sivan 3

  • Boundaries at Mt. Sinai: On Sivan 3 the Lord instructed Moses to consecrate the children of Israel in preparation for the Lord to appear to them. Boundaries were set up around Mount Sinai to prevent people from ascending the mountain and dying. Exodus 19:10-12

May 26 – Sivan 6

  • King David Died: On the Jewish calendar, Sivan 6, 837 BC, is noted as the day King David died. He served as king for forty years, following King Saul. His son, Solomon, followed him as king of Israel. The Bible records that David lived to be seventy years old and is buried in the City of David. I Kings 2:10

May 27 – Sivan 7

  • Feast of Weeks: Today is the biblical holy day known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. It is celebrated fifty days after the Feast of First Fruits. Leviticus 23:15-22 According to Jewish tradition, this is the day Moses gave the laws of God to the children of Israel. Exodus 20:1-17

May 28 – Sivan 8

  • Pentecost: Today marks the day in Christian tradition that the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples of Jesus who had gathered in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:1-3

Having all the Bible Timeline events for May, you can now easily mark your calendars. But, are you curious about what’s coming up for the rest of the year? Get your Biblical Calendar.

       

 

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