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15 Other Third-Day Events in the Bible

15 Other Third-Day Events in the Bible

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his death. “God raised him from the dead on the third day” (Acts 10:40).

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matt 12:40).

on-the-third-dayThird-Day Patterns

A Bible pattern is when a spiritual truth stated in one part of the Bible is repeated in a similar fashion in yet another portion of the Bible. Examine the third day patterns. The first two days don’t tell the whole story—the third day is the conclusion.

  1. On the third day— “the earth brought forth vegetation: seed-bearing plants of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit.” (Genesis 1:12)
  2. On the third day— “Abraham looked up and saw the place [Mount Moriah] from afar.” There he intends to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering to God. Yet he assures his companions, “We will worship and return.” (Genesis 22:4-5)
  3. On the third day— Pharaoh releases his chief cupbearer from death row. (Genesis 40:20-21)
  4. On the third day— Joseph releases his brothers from prison in Egypt. (Genesis 42:17-18)
  5. On the third day— The Israelites request Pharaoh’s permission to make a three-day journey to offer sacrifice in the desert to God. (Exodus 3:18)
  6. On the third day— Plague nine, the plague of darkness, in Egypt ends, “though the Israelites enjoyed light in their dwellings.” (Exodus 10:22)
  7. On the third day— God descends to Mount Sinai in fire with the sound of a shofar. He then reveals “The Ten Words”, Israel’s constitution of new life as a nation after their “resurrection” from the death of slavery in Egypt. (Exodus 19:16-19)
  8. On the third day— Israelites are to purify themselves with water after being in contact with the dead. (Numbers 19:12)
  9. On the third day— After coming to the river and preparing themselves, the Israelites cross the Jordan “to enter and possess the land that the LORD [their] God is giving to [them] as a possession.” (Joshua 1:11; 3:2)
  10. On the third day— Joshua’s spies emerge from hiding from the Jerichoites, then return to their commander. (Joshua 2:16, 22)
  11. On the third day— a famine during David’s reign ends. (2 Samuel 21:1).
  12. On the third day— a famine called for by Elijah the prophet ends. (1 Kings 18:1)
  13. On the third day— after asking God for release, King Hezekiah is healed of his fatal disease and offers thanks to God in the temple. (2 Kings 20:5)
  14. On the third day— Jonah is expelled from the fish belly. (Jonah 1:17/2:1 Heb) (Matt 12:40; cf Matt 16:21; 17:23)
  15. On the third day— After fasting, Esther puts on royal apparel and enters the palace of the Persian king in order to thwart a death plot against her people, the Jews. (Esther 4:16; 5:1)

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  1. I love stuff like this that I find in the Bible. I once did a study on the pattern of 3 days- it really spoke a message of waiting on God’s perfect timing to me.

    The Lord bless you Robin!

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  2. I found this very interesting, Robin. I hadn’t realized that there were so many events that happened on the third day.

    On Friday, I wrote a post and linked to you – thought you might want to know.


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  3. Every interesting, Robin. Thanks for posting!

  4. This is so neat. Thanks for sharing it!


  5. Thanks, Robin. This has been on my mind lately. We are in MFW 1st and just read the story of Jesus when he was a boy. I was interested by the mention that they found him after searching for three days. Where was he, in his Father’s house, of course. 🙂 I was struck by the three days due to the Easter connection.

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  6. Interesting!

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