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Bible Timeline Events in May

Many interesting biblical events took place in May including the Old and New Testament Pentecost events!

May 8 – Iyar 14
Second Passover: The second Passover would have been celebrated by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus after burying Jesus in keeping with biblical law. Numbers 9:6

May 9 – 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 10 – Iyar 16
Manna: On this morning, Scripture records that manna fell for the first time. Manna would continue to fall throughout the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel, stopping only when they entered the Promised Land. Exodus 16:4-5 and Joshua 5:12

May 11 – Iyar 17
Noah Entered the Ark: In Genesis we learn Noah and his family entered the ark in the second month of the year. Noah was joined by his wife, his three sons, and their wives.      Genesis 7:1-5

May 14 – 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 16 – 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 17 – 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 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 21 – Iyar 27

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 22 – 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 24 – 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 26 – 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 29 – 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 30 – 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 31 – 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 2020 Biblical Calendar!

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