The Bible is full of interesting stories like David and Goliath and the Coat of Many Colors. Although many of these Bible stories have grim parts to them, there’s usually a good life lesson too. Below we have listed five of the most beautiful Bible stories for people of all ages. These stories are a good way to get started learning about Christianity or refresh your mind on the Bible. They are also good first stories to share with your children.
Top 5 Bible Stories for Kids and Adults
1. Coat of Many Colors
The story of Joseph in the Bible is one of the most well-known Bible stories. Joseph was the son of Jacob, who had two wives. Jacob loves Rachel more than Leah and had been tricked into marrying Leah. Joseph’s older brothers, a total of 10, were jealous of him because he was Jacob’s favorite. When Jacob gave Joseph a multicolored coat, his older brothers planned to kill him. However, they ended up selling him into slavery instead of killing him. To hide it from their father, they told him that a wild animal ate Joseph. They had torn up the multicolored coat and dipped it in blood to show Jacob.
Although Joseph had a difficult life as a slave, God watched over him. Joseph was brought out of slavery but not without further hardships before enjoying a more peaceful life. He had been imprisoned over false accusations from his master’s wife. Having a God-given gift of analyzing dreams, he earned his freedom by interpreting the King’s dream. This story is inspirational because no matter how difficult Joseph’s life became, he didn’t turn against God. And he was rewarded in the end.
2. Bible Creation Story
The Bible creation story is one of the most popular Biblical stories. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” is how the Bible begins. The first man that God created was named Adam. Wanting to give Adam a partner, God made Eve from one of Adam’s ribs.
Adam and Eve weren’t allowed to eat from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Tempted by a snake to try the fruit, Eve disobeyed God and encouraged Adam to eat the fruit too. They lost their innocence and triggered the process of death when they ate from the forbidden tree. God also punished them for disobeying Him but still showed mercy. You can read the full creation story in Genesis 1-2.
3. The Birth of Jesus
Many people are curious about the Christmas story in the Bible. It begins with the birth of Jesus. While Mary was pregnant with Jesus, Caesar Augustus ordered a census, which was the first at that period in time. Because Mary and her betrothed Joseph were Jewish, they needed to travel to their historic tribal hometown to register. They had to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem because Joseph was from the line of David. Bethlehem was 70 miles away, which was a three-day journey back then.
Jesus was born while they were in Bethlehem. In the Bible, it says Jesus was placed in a manger because there was no room in the inn. It’s important to clarify that inns, as we know them today, didn’t exist. An inn was a guest house from extended family. And a manger is a box used for feeding horse or cattle. An angel warned Joseph in a dream that King Herod would kill Jesus if he found him. The angel told him to flee to Egypt. Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt and stayed there until Herod died.
4. Noah and the Ark
Another beautiful Bible story is Noah and the Ark. God decided to destroy the world through a flood because of mankind’s wickedness. He didn’t entirely wipe out the world, however. God found a good man to save and told him to build an ark for his family and animals. The ark would keep everyone alive during the flood. Noah, the chosen man, and his family spent over 100 years building the ark.
Having a kind heart, Noah built the ark larger than needed for his family and the animals in case others wanted to be saved. However, it was just him and his family who ended up on the ark from humankind. When the global flood was over, God promised he would never flood the entire world again. As evidence of his promise, God displayed a rainbow in the sky.
5. Bible Stories on YouTube
Reading the Bible is often too much for young children, so we recommend you browse Bible stories on YouTube. It’s geared at adults, so parents must summarize the stories in kid-friendly terms. Bible stories on YouTube are an excellent way to keep children engaged in learning about the Bible. The visuals will hold their attention better than narration. YouTube channels you can check out for animated Bible stories include The Holy Tales: Bible and The Beginners Bible.
Bible stories for adults are best read straight from the source itself, the Bible. This gives you the most accurate narration of what happened. However, you can get started by watching animations on YouTube too. Once you have a general idea of the important stories of the Bible, you can read them for yourself. You may have deeper insights this way.
A Word of Ending
The Bible stories listed above are some of the most beautiful Bible stories for both kids and adults. If you intend on sharing these Bible stories with friends, you can find kid-friendly versions online. Each story on this list provides valuable lessons that not just Christians can learn from. The Coat of Many Colors, for instance, teaches us to persevere through the tough times and have faith that things will get better. This is why we listed it as the top biblical story for children and adults.
What are your favorite Bible stories? Let us know why in the comments below.