Ten of the most famous and important Bible stories for children to learn about God and Jesus are presented here. Use these stories as children’s introduction to the Bible, beginning with the conception of Earth to the resurrection of Jesus!
GOD’S CREATION: ADAM AND EVE
God created the first male, Adam, and the first female, Eve. In a garden called the Garden of Eden, God positions Adam and Eve to look after the land and grow it. Adam and Eve were told to eat every fruit from the trees except the tree of good and bad. If they ate the tree, God told them they would die.
One day Satan came and talked to Eve, posing as a snake, persuaded her to eat a tree of good and evil. Eve told the serpent God said they couldn’t eat it, and they’d die if they did, but Satan tempted Eve to eat, saying if she did, she’d become like God. Eve had believed the lie and had taken a bite of the fruit. Then she gave Adam some food for him. Adam and Eve, discovering that they had sinned, instinctively felt ashamed and tried to conceal themselves from God.
Learn more about the story of Adam and Eve, their life in the Garden of Eden, how sin entered the Earth, and the repercussions of disobeying God in Genesis 1-3.
NOAH AND THE ARK
Noah’s Ark story is one full of hope, perseverance, and promise. Noah was a man who, in God’s eyes, found great favor. Much of humanity’s population had become evil and sinful, and God chose to bring a flood to Earth to destroy all but Noah and his family. God instructed Noah to prepare an ark large enough to accommodate one of every kind of animal and creature, male and female. That’s why there are several images that portray Noah’s ark showing animals coming in two by two.
Noah took his wife, his sons, Shem, Ham, Japheth, and their wives into the ark when it began to rain. It had been raining 40 days and 40 nights. Noah sent a dove out to find dry land after coming to rest on a rock, but it returned. He sent out another dove seven days later, and it came back with an olive leaf signaling it was safe to go to land now.
God vowed never again ruin the world with a flood, and, as a token of his vow, he put a rainbow in the sky.
JOSHUA AND THE BATTLE OF JERICHO
The Israelites’ scouts infiltrated into Jericho’s walled city and hid at Rahab’s home, noted as a prostitute. Rahab had faith in God and told the Israelites of the fear of Jericho, saying, I know that this land has been granted to you by the Lord and that a great fear of you has fallen upon us so that those who live in this land will become afraid of you.
Rahab helped the scouts hide from the King’s soldiers, then left a window as her house was near the city wall. Rahab demanded an oath from the spies as she promised not to give away their intentions, and they agreed to protect Rahab and her family when Jericho’s battle took place. As a sign of their security, she had to fasten a scarlet rope to her window.
God advised Joshua for the battle of Jericho with an uncommon tactic. For six straight days, he ordered Joshua to make his army march around the town once a day. The soldiers played their trumpets while marching as the priests carried the Ark of the Covenant across Jericho.
The Israelites marched seven times across the walls of Jericho on the seventh day. Joshua told them that God’s command all in the city must be slain, except Rahab and her family. All silver, gold, bronze, and iron products were to go into the Lord’s depository. The men created a powerful roar at Joshua’s command, and miraculously the walls of Jericho fell down. The Israelite army rushed to retake the city quickly, and only Rahab and her family were spared, as expected.
DAVID AND GOLIATH
1 Samuel 17
David was the youngest of the twelve sons of Jesse. One day, the country of Israel was called upon to fight against the army of the Philistines who had assembled for battle. As the brothers of David went to fight, young David stayed back. The two armies met with standing on the opposite side of a deep valley. The great giant of the Philistines, called Goliath, who was more than nine feet tall, came every day for forty days to the front of the Philistine battle line and mocked the Israelites and their God. Goliath called for them to fight, but King Saul and the Israelites were afraid and did nothing.
David was sent to visit the front lines by his father, Jesse, and to bring back the battle news from his brothers. David heard Goliath ridicule Israel and their God. David was courageous and eager to battle Goliath. He convinced King Saul to let him fight, and he agreed not to wear King Saul’s armor. David held his sling and put together five smooth stones. Goliath laughed at him, but David responded that although Goliath had a sword and a spear, he came in the name of the God of Israel, the Lord Almighty. David placed a rock in his sling and swung Goliath’s head over one of the rocks.
The rock sunk into the giant’s forehead, and it dropped. Then David picked up Goliath’s sword and used it to kill Goliath and cut off his head.
The Philistines fled when they saw the loss of their giant hero. Israel had won the fight because of a boy who had faith and had faith in God.
FIERY FURNACE: SHADRACH, MESCHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
From the book of Daniel 6’s Bible, the story of Shadrach, Mashax, and Abednego talks about the three Jewish boys who did not bow before the King of Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar.
As highly appointed officials in Babylon, the three men become wise and respected. Other officials of Babylon, jealous of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, were able to get King Nebuchadnezzar to instruct all the people to bow down to a golden statue.
The King had them thrown into the fiery furnace, which had been heated seven times hotter than usual when the three men refused to bow down and worship the idol and the God of Babylon. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had faith that they would be rescued by God. As King Nebuchadnezzar looked into the flames, he saw four unharmed men walking around in the furnace-Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and the Son of God. King Nebuchadnezzar took the young men out of the fire, elevated them to a higher office, and decreed adoration of the God of Israel.
DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN
Daniel’s story in the lion’s den tells us about God’s promises and faithfulness, even though we thought all was lost. This is a description of Daniel’s refusal to bow to a man in the Biblical account, and how God used Daniel to deliver a country. You can read more in-depth verses of the Bible from the Scripture below.
King Darius was emperor of Babylon, and many men had an appointment to assist him in ruling and leading. The chief of the advisors, Daniel, was a man who believed in God and followed the commands of the Lord. The other men didn’t like Daniel and didn’t want him in charge, so they came up with a way of getting rid of Daniel.
These men knew Daniel was serving the God of Isreal. They informed King Darius to make a new law in which people must worship and pray only to the King, and if they worshipped or prayed to any gods, they would be thrown into the lion’s den. The hungry lions will eat the lawbreaker and kill him.
Daniel understood the new statute, but in his heart, he dedicated himself to remain firm in his prayer and the Lord’s praise. Daniel prayed with his windows open, three times a day. The King was devastated when the men saw Daniel and took charges against him to King Darius, though he favored Daniel. The King realized that he was powerless to amend the rules, and Daniel was thrown into the den of a lion.
JONAH AND THE WHALE
One day, God called Jonah and ordered him to go to Nineveh to preach, because the people were very evil. Jonah had disregarded this idea because Nineveh was one of Israel’s greatest rivals, and Jonah didn’t want to preach to them!
In the opposite direction to Nineveh, Jonah attempted to run away from God and went by sea to Tarshish. God sent the ship into a great storm, and the men thought that Jonah was to blame, so they threw him overboard. The storm stopped as soon as they threw Jonah into the sea.
God sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah and save him from drowning. Some call it a whale. Jonah prayed to God for aid, repented, and thanked God while he was in the belly of the big fish (whale). Jonah spent three days lying in the fish’s belly. Then, God made the big fish throw up Jonah onto the shores of Nineveh.
Jonah preached to Nineveh, warning them to repent in forty days before the town was ruined. People trusted in Jonas, turned from their unrighteousness, and from heaven had pity upon them. Now Jonah got angry and bitter because God didn’t kill the Ninevites who were the enemy of Israel! When Jonah was sitting to rest, God created a vineyard to shade him. The next day, God sent forth a worm to eat the plant. Now Jonah sat in the bright sun crying and was going to die. God called Jonah out and scolded him for being so concerned and worried about only one plant when God was concerned about the heart condition and life of 120,000 people living in Nineveh City.
Matthew 1; Luke 1-2
Nearly 2,000 years ago, an angel called Gabriel visited a young woman from the town of Nazareth named Mary. Gabriel told the Jewish woman she’d have a son named Jesus, and he’d be the son of God. Mary was engaged to her husband, Joseph, soon to be, at this time. When Joseph was told, he was hurt and confused for not trusting Mary. Angel Gabriel visited Joseph, telling him that she would have a son named Jesus, who was going to save the people.
Due to an order from the Roman emperor that a census, or record, of all people, be taken in their home town, Mary and Joseph had to move to Bethlehem. After traveling on a donkey for several days, Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem and were informed that there was no room to stay. Inns were complete. An inn owner, seeing that Mary was pregnant and due at any moment, told Joseph that they would stay in his stable.
Mary and Joseph settled in a stable on the hay, with sleeping animals. Mary went into labor, and in the stable, Jesus was born. The only place to rest for the sleeping baby was most likely in the trough, known as the manager of the animals.
During this time, an angel appeared in the fields near Bethlehem to shepherds who were watching their flock. The angel told them positive news about the Savior and Messiah’s birth of Jesus Christ.Immediately the shepherds went to find baby Jesus, which the angels told them they would find asleep in the manger.
Sometime later, three wise men, also known as Magi, saw in the sky a bright star resting over where Jesus was born. The three wise men traveled to find the new King from a distant eastern land. Herod, the King of Judah, met the wise men during their journey and ordered them to return and inform him where the child king was, that he could also go and worship him. The wise men proceeded to Bethlehem and met Jesus right where the star pointed.
They knelt and adored the Lord, offering him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They then traveled back home on a different path, knowing that King Herod did not want to worship Jesus but that he wanted to kill the baby. Today, at Christmas time, we celebrate Jesus’ birth and the coming of our Savior.
JESUS FEED 5000 PEOPLE
Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; John 6:5-15; Luke 9:10-17;
God also uses the unexpected to open our eyes to His might. Cwwesdoncerning the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 we see the concerns of the apostles of Jesus and the provision of God by a miracle. The following Scripture describes the account of how five loaves of bread and two fish are needed to feed 5,000 leftovers!
If you are in a condition that needs a miracle, give space to God to work through ways you have never imagined or dreamed of. The miracle is not what we expect sometimes, but God knows what we need!
In Matthew 14, the Bible states, “When Jesus landed and saw a huge crowd, he had compassion on them and healed they’re sick. When the evening approached, the disciples came to him and said,” This is a remote place, and it is already getting late. Send the crowds away so they may go to the villages and buy some food for themselves. “Jesus responded,” They don’t need to go away. You feed them. They answered, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish here.””Bring them to me in here,” he said. And he gave the people orders to sit on the lawn.
He gave thanks and split the loaves by taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven. Then he offers them to his disciples, and they were given to the people by the disciples. All of them ate and were pleased, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that had been left over. The number of those who fed, besides women and children, was around five thousand men.
THE CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
Matthew 27-28; Mark 15-16; John 19-20
The crucifixion of Jesus – Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 13, John 19
Jesus’ crucifixion is recorded in New Testament books, known as the Gospels — Matthew , Mark , Luke, and John. This narrative is the core description of Jesus’ salvation gospel. In Matthew 16:21-28 Jesus prophesied of his death”From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day again realized that his life would be needed as a sacrifice for man’s sins.
At the peak of his ministry and miracles many Jews came to believe in Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. Because of his growing followers, Jewish leaders hated Jesus. Roman soldiers captured Jesus with the aid of Judas Iscariot, and he was being prosecuted for pretending to be the Jewish King. According to Roman law, the rebellion penalty against the King was crucifixion-death.
Roman governor Pontius Pilate was hesitant at Jesus’ penalty. Pilate saw no wrong in Jesus, but he wanted to give people what they wanted, and that was Jesus’ death. To symbolize that he wasn’t taking responsibility for the bloodshed of Jesus, Pilate washed his hands before the crowd, then handed Jesus over to be battered and lashed. Jesus had a thorn crown on his head and had him bear his cross along the road to the hill where he was crucified. The site of Jesus’ crucifixion is known as Calvary, interpreted from a “skull spot.”
Crowds gathered to mourn, watching Jesus’ death. Jesus was nailed by a sword between two criminals, and his sides pierced by a sword. As Jesus was mocked, one of the criminals asked Jesus to remember him in paradise, and Jesus answered: “Truly, I say unto you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Then Jesus looked up to heaven and begged God to “forgive them, because they don’t know what they’re doing.” Jesus, taking his last breath, said: “Father, in your hands, I commit my spirit … it’s done.”
Extraordinary events marked Jesus’ death. The sky was black for three hours as Jesus hung on the cross. The world shook at the moment of his last breath, and the temple curtain broke from top to bottom, the saints’ tombs opened, their bodies raised from the dead.
Jesus’ crucifixion was part of God’s scheme from Jesus’ very beginning of birth. Human sin will entail sacrifice. Jesus’ sinless life was lived and offered to give man redemption and eternal life in heaven.
The resurrection of Jesus – Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20
Christian faith is built upon Christ’s resurrection. Without redemption, God’s belief in saving grace through Jesus is lost. When Jesus rose from the dead, he affirmed his identity as God’s Son and mission of atonement, redemption, peace, and salvation. The resurrection was an actual, literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
Jesus was seized, convicted, and found guilty of being King. His body was hanged between two thieves. After his death, his body was wrapped in linen cloths and set in a tomb with a giant rolling stone. Mary Magdalene came up to the tomb on the third day, early Sunday morning, and found it empty. She was sitting on the rolling stone, an angel of the Lord who told them not to fear because Jesus had risen. As the women left to inform the disciples, he approached them and showed them his nail-pierced hands.
The Old and the New Testaments talk of the truth of Jesus’ resurrection from death-Jesus observed his resurrection until he died on the cross, and his followers observed his body after the resurrection.