February is going to be a fun month for biblical events! Early in February we will remember the faithfulness of Joseph and Mary as they traveled with Jesus to the Temple to fulfill their biblical obligations after the birth of Jesus. The holiday of Purim is in February this year. The month ends with remember how King Agrippa rebuilt the walls around Jerusalem. Let’s look…
February 2 – Shevat 20
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.
Asher: Jewish tradition recognizes this date as the birthday of Asher, son of Jacob and Leah’s servant Zilpah. Asher was Jacob’s eighth son, born while he was living in Padan Aram. Genesis 35:26
February 5 – Shevat 23
War with Benjamin: During the time of the judges, the men of Israel gathered and fought against the tribe of Benjamin because they would not turn over men of their tribe for judgment. The battle nearly destroyed the tribe of Benjamin. Judges 19:14-20:48
February 6 – Shevat 24
War Horses Among the Myrtle Trees: On this day the prophet Zechariah saw a vision of horses among the myrtle trees. Zechariah 1:7-11
February 13 – Adar 1
New Moon/New Month: The month of Adar 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 10:23
February 15 – Adar 3
Second Temple Completed: Under the leadership of Jerubbabel 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
February 17 – Adar 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
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.
February 18 – Adar 6
Moses and the Pentateuch: On Adar 6, 1273 BC, Moses completed the thir-teen 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
February 19 – Adar 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: Moses died on Adar 7, 1273, 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
February 24 – Adar 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.
February 25 – 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 remem-ber 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
February 26 & 27 – 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
February 28 – Adar 16
Walls of Jerusalem: By Jewish tradition this is the day King Agrippa began rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in 41 BC.
What interesting biblical events take place this month! I hope that you will be encouraged this month to walk with courage like Esther!
If you are interested in learning what happens each month, see our 2021 Biblical Events Calendar.