The Ten: Weather phenomenons in the Bible

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The great flood (Genesis 6-9)
The biggest flood that has ever, and will ever, exist. This flood was so massive that it completely covered the earth, with only a boat load of animals and eight people surviving it.

The plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7-11)
God sent 10 plagues on the people of Egypt to free the Israelites from slavery. Amongst these plagues were weather phenomenons such as “a hailstorm more devastating than any in all the history of Egypt” with continuous lightning; locusts which “covered the whole country and darkened the land”; and a “a darkness so thick you can feel it”.

Wind so strong it parted the Red Sea (Exodus 14)
After “the pillar of cloud” turned to fire to separate the Egyptians from the Israelites, a strong easterly wind sent by God created a path through the Red Sea. “The wind blew all that night, turning the seabed into dry land. So the people of Israel walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground, with walls of water on each side!” (Exodus 14:21,22).

Dew so thick it became bread (Exodus 16)
After the Israelites had escaped Egypt and they were grumbling about their hunger while wandering the desert, God sent bread (aka manna) from heaven. One morning they woke up to a layer of dew on the ground, “when the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor” (Exodus 16:14). They called these flakes “manna”, which they baked and boiled into bread (which they ate for 40 years!).

God’s mighty display on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19,20)
When God came onto Mount Sinai to talk with Moses “thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain” (Exodus 19:16). The whole mountain was covered in smoke and the whole mountain shook violently. Even though the Israelites knew it was the Lord and had prepared for this moment, the Bible says that “all the people trembled”.

When the sun stood still (Joshua 10)
In a battle that Joshua and the Israelites fought against the Amorites, God “hurled large hailstones down”, which killed more of the Amorite soldiers than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. In this same battle, “the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day” (Joshua 10:13). They must have been exhausted after a 48-hour day of battle!

A mighty wind during Job’s trials (Job 1)
When Satan started attacking Job (because he was a “blameless and upright man”), one of the devastating events that affected Job was when “a mighty wind swept in from the desert” (Job 1:18) and destroyed the house that his children were in. It must have been a very strong wind to cause a house to collapse!

A violent storm caused by Jonah’s disobedience (Jonah 1-4)
Running from his godly mission, Jonah boards a boat going in the opposite direction to where God had sent him. “But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart” (Jonah 1:4). After Jonah is thrown overboard, the storm suddenly stopped and the sea became calm.

Darkness during Jesus’ crucifixion (Matthew 27)
During the crucifixion of Jesus, there was a darkness that covered the land for three hours, between 12-noon and 3pm. Shortly after this darkness, Jesus “gave up His spirit”. At that moment, there was an earthquake which split rocks and caused tombs to break open.

A rushing wind on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2)
While the disciples were meeting together, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the house where they were meeting. Then tongues of fire came to rest on each of them as they were filled with the Holy Spirit.

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