Bible Stories

  • The temptation of Christ is described in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. According to scripture, after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, Satan appeared to Jesus and attempted to tempt him towards sin. Jesus righteously refused each temptation and returned to Galilee to begin his ministry.
  • The raising of Lazarus or the resurrection of Lazarus, found only in the Gospel of John (John 11:1–44), is a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial. In John, this is the last of the miracles that Jesus performs before the Passion and his own resurrection.
  • Isaac was the son of Abraham and Sarah, promised by God and born to them late in life. When Isaac was of age to be married, Abraham called for his most trusted servant and gave him a crucial role in this story. He asked the servant to search out and find his son a wife from a good family that would join him in devotion to God.
  • This story, from the book of Acts chapter 8, begins with Philip the Evangelist visited by an Angel who tells him to travel south from Jerusalem where he meets an Ethiopian eunuch along the road. Philip helps the eunuch understand the gospel of Jesus and then baptizes him in nearby water. A wonderful example of the teachings of Christ spreading through the world.
  • The Abrahamic Covenant, found in the book of Genesis, was God's promise to Abraham to bless him with a "great nation" of many descendants and to curse those who dishonor him. Read a summary of the divine agreement and the bible verses detailing this story.
  • Daniel interpreted a dream of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in which the king saw a giant statue made of four metals. As he watched, a stone "not cut by human hands" destroyed the statue and became a mountain filling the whole world. Daniel explained to the king that the statue represented four successive kingdoms beginning with Babylon, while the stone and mountain signified a kingdom established by God which would never be destroyed nor given to another people.
  • As a newborn, Moses is placed in a basket and hidden in the Nile to save his life from Pharoah's orders to kill all Hebrew sons. He is found by Pharoah's daughter who takes pity on him and allows him to live. Pharoah's daughter raises and gives him the name, Moses, as she "drew him out of the water." Amazingly, this one saved Hebrew son would go on to deliver the Israelites from Egypt.
  • During Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples, he predicted that Peter would deny knowledge of him, stating that Peter would disown him before the rooster crowed the next morning. Following the arrest of Jesus, Peter denied knowing him three times, but after the third denial heard the rooster crow and recalled the prediction as Jesus turned to look at him.
  • The Judgment of Solomon is a story from the Bible in which King Solomon of Israel ruled between two women both claiming to be the mother of a child. He tricked the parties into revealing their true feelings by using a false appeal to fairness. It is considered an archetypal lesson of a neutral authority utilizing wisdom in making a ruling.
  • When Moses goes to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, the Israelites create a Golden Calf to worship from their impatience of his absence. Upon returning, Moses is very angered by the false idol they have created and destroys both the tablets given to him and their Golden Calf. Moses tells the Israelites they have "sinned a great sin" and seeks atonement from God.
  • Gideon was the fifth judge over Israel in the book of Judges. He is introduced in chapter 6 of the book while he was harvesting wheat and hiding from the Midianites. An angel came to him and called upon him to "save Israel from the hand of Midian." With the help of God, Gideon goes on to destroy the Altar of Baal and miraculously defeat the army of Midian with only 300 men.
  • The story of Abimelech presents a malevolent example of a leader. He commanded by force, murdered his opposition, and led in such a manner that even his subjects sought to overthrow him. In contrast to the positive lead of his father, Abimelech focused on his own personal gain, hurting many in the process.
  • John the Baptist, well-known for baptizing Jesus in the river Jordan, is commonly referred to as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus. There are many parallels to the lives of John the Baptist and Jesus, as they both preached about repentance and the Kingdom of God and criticized the religious leaders of their day. Additionally, they were both considered martyrs persecuted by officials of the Roman Empire.
  • In a dream-like vision, Ezekiel sees himself standing in a valley full of dry human bones, where he is commanded to carry a prophecy to revitalize the people of Israel.
  • The first of three resurrection appearances found in Luke, Jesus joins two men traveling from Jerusalem and is recognized as the crucified savior after breaking and blessing bread at their supper in Emmaus.
  • After Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers, he overcomes this betrayal by trusting in God and interpreting dreams of prisoners and the Pharaoh in Egypt. When Joseph's brothers travel to Egypt seeking food during a famine in Canaan, their character is tested by Joseph who has become the Egyptian governor.
  • In this story, from the book of Luke, Jesus helps Simon and other fishermen catch a plentiful load of fish and then teaches them to be Fishers of Men as his disciples. Read more about this inspiring tale of Jesus calling upon the First Disciples.
  • Through the miracle of the Burning Bush, Moses is informed he has been chosen to rescue God's people from slavery in Egypt. This was one of many miraculous feats God would perform to deliver the Israelites to the Promised Land of Canaan. Read more about this remarkable story.
  • Moses is chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and into the land of Canaan, which God has promised to them. A miracle is performed at the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape from the pursuing Egyptian Army.
  • While in Judah, God worked out an amazing plan for a man named Boaz to take Ruth as his wife, give her a child, and provide for her and Naomi. What’s remarkable about this plan was that Boaz was qualified as a “kinsman redeemer” to take her as his wife.