Bible Events

Articles on biblical events on Sunday School Zone simply talk about a specific event within the larger biblical story and try to provide some new insight or helpful information regarding that event. Understanding an event and its context can be critical when interpreting a text. We have a growing number of these kinds of articles that are indicated by the calendar image you can see to the left.

Babel: The Backdrop for Abraham’s Call

When the Tower of Babel was under construction, human unity had arisen for the purpose of exalting human ingenuity and effort. This was pride! Then God brought confusion and chaos to the project. In doing so, He rescued humanity from the disastrous results that a completed tower would have surely brought. So, how was Babel…

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Babel: Undone at Pentecost

Compare these two biblical events, the latter of which took place thousands of years after the former. Some time after the flood, a building project began in the Plain of Shinar. People “said to each other, ‘Come, let us make oven-fired bricks.’ They used brick for stone and asphalt for mortar. And they said, ‘Come,…

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Flood of Noah: Global or Local?

Was the flood of Noah a worldwide (global) flood, or could it have been merely a local flood? This is a common question in our day. Some geologists, as well as some Bible students, contend for a local rather than a widespread, worldwide event. In part, they reason that so soon after creation, the populations…

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Flood of Noah: New Testament References

No genuine follower of Jesus Christ can seriously entertain the idea that the flood of Noah did not occur. In Matthew 24:37-39, Jesus said, “As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving…

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Jesus Rebuked the Wind and the Raging Waves

It is interesting to note the descriptions the Gospel writers gave regarding the plight the disciples faced when a storm arose and tossed their boat on the Sea of Galilee—and to contrast those portrayals with their descriptions of conditions after Jesus took action. Matthew declared, “Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that…

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Jesus Slept

On one occasion when Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus “fell asleep. Then a fierce windstorm came down on the lake; they were being swamped and were in danger. They came and woke Him up, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to die!’” (Luke 8:23-24a; see also Matt. 8:24-25; Mark 4:37-38).…

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Jesus’ Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday)

All four Gospels tell us about Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry,” the day Jesus entered Jerusalem on a young donkey. Only John, however, tells us that particular Sunday was the Sunday before Jesus’ crucifixion. That places the event at the beginning of Jesus’ final week before his death, resurrection, and eventual ascension. We call this final week…

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Many Recognized Them (Mark 6:33)

In his account of Jesus’ feeding of 5,000 men, Mark states, “So they [Jesus and His apostles] went away in the boat by themselves to a remote place, but many saw them leaving and recognized them. People ran there by land from all the towns and arrived ahead of them” (Mark 6:32-33). The term translated…

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Maundy Thursday

“Maundy Thursday” is the annual day when many Christians remember and celebrate Jesus’ final meal (the Last Supper or Lord’s Supper). It is observed on the Thursday before Resurrection (Easter) Sunday (the day before Good Friday). Many church traditions don’t do anything particular to recognize the day. Consequently, many inside and outside the church are…

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