The Bible is not only known for life changing verses that give guidance but also for its stories that cover thousands of years. What is even more amazing is these tales boast broad themes but still manage to deliver a unifying message that all we do should be for the Lord. The Bible is a rich source of literature, and you can always pick new life lessons whenever you read it. Nonetheless, here some great short stories with biblical morals for you to enjoy.
The Manna – God’s Miracle to Israelites (Exodus 16:14-35)
The story of Moises and how he freed the Israelites from the Egyptians is one of the most famous in the Bible. Perhaps what we remembered most is their breathtaking escape by making a wall out of the Red Sea and the birth of the Ten Commandments. Yet Israelites found themselves hardships on their way to Canaan. They wandered through the desert for years and were on the verge of starvation. As fickle as humans can be, Israelites complained to Moises about their predicament. Some are even thinking that they were better off in Egypt. Then God gave something thin and flaky on the desert which was later called the manna. This story also gave emphasis on the importance of the Sabbath, the day on which people must rest and praise God.
David and Jonathan – Biblical Tale of Friendship (1 Samuel 18-20)
David became famous after his victory against Goliath. Naturally, everyone celebrated this event except for King Saul, who thinks David’s growing popularity became a threat to his throne. Jonathan is one of King Saul’s children, and he is friends with David. When Jonathan learned of his father’s plan, he informed David about this and plead before his father to spare David’s life. When King Saul was overtaken by evil, he made an escape plan for David in order to live. Later on, Jonathan was also the one to correct David’s act of adultery with Bathsheba. Perhaps we learned here that Christian friendships know no border to protect each other from harm.
The Prodigal Son – How God Loves Us Despite Our Sinful Nature (Luke 15:11-32)
Probably this is the most famous parable in the New Testament where a rich man has two sons and one of them asked for his inheritance in advance. This said son lost his way later to the extent that people’s treatment with him was no better than an animal. He went back and was granted forgiveness just like what Jesus did to us whenever we are on lowest points of our lives.
Daniel, Meshach and Abednego – How God Saves the Faithful (Daniel 3: 1-30)
Before the Three Wise Men, they are the trio that shook Babylonia before Jesus’ time. There were many instances where they brought honor to God’s name by avoiding to follow their colonizer’s lifestyle and refusal to serve idols. However, there was a time when their faith was tested when they continuously declined to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s manmade statue. They were sentenced to burn to death, then a miracle happened. The fire that were supposed to burn them left them unscathed. A witness said there was a fourth person – an angel which protected the three from harm. This story illustrated how faith can protect you – literally and spiritually.
The Ten Virgins – How Ready Are You in Your Faith? (Matthew 25:1-13)
Using lamp oil as an allusion to someone’s preparedness for the Kingdom of God, the parable of ten virgins told us to equip ourselves if we wanted to be in Heaven. There were ten women waiting for a grand event, and only five of them had some extra oil in their lamps. Only those whose lamps were still on by the time the gate was opened were accepted. Needless to say, the other five were banished as they ran out of oil. No one knows when we will be joining the Lord, but it is best to prepare ourselves by living the Christian way.
In the end, never cease to read the Bible as it is full of short stories with biblical morals. Read one story a day and never fail to honor God as you do so. Happy reading!