The Bible Timeline events for May include many historical high points, the Flood of Genesis began, the children of Israel celebrated the first Sabbath after leaving Egypt, and Jesus ascended to heaven after giving His final instructions to His disciples. As you review the timeline of biblical events this month, be sure to mark them on your calendar and read the verses related to each event with your family!
May 2- 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – Iyar 24
The Flood Began: When the Flood came, the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. The flooding continued for forty days and forty nights, covering the entire earth. Genesis 7:17-22
May 10 – 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 12 – Sivan 1
New Moon/New Month: The month of Sivan begins today. Sivan is pronounced see-VHAN.
Mt. Sinai: Sivan 1 is mentioned in Jewish history as the day the children of Israel reached Mount Sinai after leaving Egypt. At the base of the mountain, they set up camp. Exodus 19:1
May 13 – Sivan 2
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 14 – Sivan 3
Boundaries at Mt. Sinai: On Sivan 3 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
May 17 – 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 was buried in the City of David. I Kings 2:10
May 18 – 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 Passover. Outside of Israel, this feast is celebrated for two days. Leviticus 23:15-22
The Law: According to Jewish tradition, this is the day Moses gave the laws of God to the children of Israel. Exodus 20:1-17
May 18 – Sivan 7
Judah: Jewish tradition recognizes this date as the birthday of Judah, son of Jacob. Judah was the fourth son born to Leah and Jacob and he lived to be 119 years old. Genesis 29:35
May 30 – 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
Want to know what happens the rest of the year? See our 2021 Biblical Calendar!