Bedtime Bible Stories
Birth of Jesus
Birth of Jesus
Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph, when an angel came to visit her. The angel told her that she would conceive a son by the power of the holy spirit. She would give birth to this child and call him Jesus. She explained that Jesus would be God’s own son. Mary was in awe that she had been chosen to give birth to Jesus. Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to register. When they got to Bethlehem the inns were all full and there was no place for them to stay. Finally they found a stable and Mary gave birth to Jesus. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger.
In the fields the shepherds were tending their flocks of sheep. A large shining star appeared in the sky. And an angel came to them and said that they must rejoice because Jesus, the Savior had been born. When the angel had left, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem to see the Christ child.
When they reached Bethlehem they found Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the stable. They were in awe of this amazing child, remembering what the angel had told them. When they left they began to spread the word about Jesus. Praising and worshipping God.
The three wise men also heard about Jesus, they saw a star in the sky, and knew that it signified the birth of Jesus. They enquired about Jesus and his birthplace from Herod the King. The King told them that they must come and inform him of Jesus’s birthplace as he also wanted to go and worship him. The wise men continued to follow the star in search of the new born King, and finally found Jesus with Mary and Joseph at the stable in Bethlehem. They also brought gifts.
When they returned they went another way because they had been warned in a dream that King Herod wanted to kill the Christ child.
Hagar and the Angel
Abraham wife, Sarai had borne him no children. Although God had promised Sarai that she would give birth to a son, she arranged for her slave Hagar to give Abraham a child. But when Hagar was expecting Abraham’s child, Sarai treated her very badly. One day in despair Hagar walks into the desert. The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert. He said to her, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, where are you going.”
“I am running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.
Then the angel of the Lord told her. “Go back to you mistress and submit to her. I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count. You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael.” The Lord has heard of your misery. The angel of the Lord showed Hagar what she could expect if she placed her faith in God, and forgot about the hurt of the past.
One day Sarai sees Ishmael and her own son playing together. She becomes afraid that Ishmael will one day want to share in Isaac’s inheritance. So Sarai chases Hagar and her son away. They are now homeless and have to fend for themselves in the hot and dry desert. Hagar and Ishmael wander through the desert until they run out of water. Hagar is in despair. Hagar
puts Ishmael under a bush. She expects that he will die. She does not want to see him die and begins to sob.
God heard Ishmael crying. The angel of the Lord called to Hagar and said, “What’s the matter Hagar? Do not be afraid. God has heard the boy crying. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and they had enough water to drink. Hagar was amazed that God had created a miracle of water for herself and her son. God saw her sorrow and helped her.
Ishmael grew up in the desert and became big and strong.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive,
if you have faith.
And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good
Five Thousand People are fed by Jesus
When John the Baptist was killed, he withdrew by boat to a quiet place near Bethsada. Crowds of people followed Jesus on foot from the villages. When Jesus landed he saw a large crowd, who had their sick with them to be healed. Jesus had compassion and healed their sick. As evening came his disciples came to him and said.
“It is getting late and this is a remote place. Send the crowd home so that they can buy themselves some food.”
Jesus said that they did not need to go away and that the disciples were to give them something to eat. The disciples said that they only had five loaves of bread and two fishes. Jesus told them to bring the food to him. Jesus instructed his disciples to gather in group of fifty. Jesus then took the loaves and the fishes and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples to feed the five thousand people. They all ate and all had enough to eat. When everybody was satisfied there was still baskets filled with pieces of bread left over. So Jesus produced yet another miracle.
Story of Moses
When Pharaoh was appointed King of Egypt, he became concerned that the Israelites would one day take over the land. He then decided to turn the Israelites into slaves. But even after he had turned the Israelites into slaves he still was not satisfied. They were still a threat to him. He then ordered that all new baby boys were to be killed.
One Israelite couple were expecting a baby. When the baby was born, it was a boy. They decided to hide him. But when he was a few months old, they could not hide him anymore. They then took the baby and placed him in a strong basket between the tall reeds in the river.
The baby had a little sister called ‘Miriam.’ It was Miriam’s job to watch the baby from a distance to see that he did not come to any harm. While she was watching him she saw the king’s daughter and her servants coming for a swim. The king’s daughter noticed the basket in the reeds and told one of her servants to fetch it. The servant brought the basket and when she opened it, she was captivated by the beautiful little baby. She decided to keep the baby.
When Miriam saw what was happening, she ran forward and asked whether she could fetch an Israelite woman to breast feed the baby. The king’s daughter agreed and she ran to call her mother. When Miriam’s mother offered to breast feed the baby she did not tell the king’s daughter that she was the baby’s mother. If she did the king would have killed him.
So that is how an Israelite baby eventually became king Pharaoh’s grandson. Pharaoh’s daughter called the baby ‘Moses.’
Moses later became a great man.
Jesus Turns Water to Wine
Jesus was at a wedding with his disciples when their host ran out of wine. He was disappointed because they could no longer celebrate the young couples wedding. Jesus ordered the servants to fill containers with water. Then they had to draw out some and take it to the host to taste. After tasting it, without knowing where it came from, his host remarked to the bridegroom that he had departed from the usual custom of serving the best wine first and had kept it for last. This was another miracle that Jesus performed.
Bedtime Bible Stories consists of 5 stories. The Birth of Jesus Hagar and the Angel Five Thousand People are fed by Jesus Story of Moses Jesus turns Water into Wine