This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #15. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version a day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. We are using a modified version of the Five Day Bible Reading Plan. It is modified because we read the Bible everyday and not just five days a week. The benefit of using the Five Day Bible Reading Plan is: you can read the entire Bible in a chronological reading plan that helps the Bible make sense. Today we are reading Genesis 20 & 21 and Mark 15.
A.W. Tozer said, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
1 And A’-bra-ham journeyed from thence toward the south country, and dwelled between Ka’-desh and Shur, and sojourned in Ge’-rar.
2 And A’-bra-ham said of Sar’-ah his wife, She is my sister: and A-bim’-e-lech king of Ge’-rar sent, and took Sar’-ah.
3 But God came to A-bim’-e-lech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which thou hast taken; for she is a man’s wife.
4 But A-bim’-e-lech had not come near her: and he said, Lord, wilt thou slay also a righteous nation?
5 Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.
6 And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me: therefore suffered I thee not to touch her.
7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.
8 Therefore A-bim’-e-lech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears: and the men were sore afraid.
9 Then A-bim’-e-lech called A’-bra-ham, and said unto him, What hast thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast done deeds unto me that ought not to be done.
10 And A-bim’-e-lech said unto A’-bra-ham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done this thing?
11 And A’-bra-ham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.
13 And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, that I said unto her, This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.
14 And A-bim’-e-lech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and womenservants, and gave them unto A’-bra-ham, and restored him Sar’-ah his wife.
15 And A-bim’-e-lech said, Behold, my land is before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee.
16 And unto Sar’-ah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was reproved.
17 So A’-bra-ham prayed unto God: and God healed A-bim’-e-lech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bare children.
18 For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of A-bim’-e-lech, because of Sar’-ah A’-bra-ham’s wife.
1 And the Lord visited Sar’-ah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sar’-ah as he had spoken.
2 For Sar’-ah conceived, and bare A’-bra-ham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And A’-bra-ham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sar’-ah bare to him, I’-saac.
4 And A’-bra-ham circumcised his son I’-saac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And A’-bra-ham was an hundred years old, when his son I’-saac was born unto him.
6 And Sar’-ah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
7 And she said, Who would have said unto A’-bra-ham, that Sar’-ah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and A’-bra-ham made a great feast the same day that I’-saac was weaned.
9 And Sar’-ah saw the son of Ha’-gar the E-gyp’-tian, which she had born unto A’-bra-ham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto A’-bra-ham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with I’-saac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in A’-bra-ham’s sight because of his son.
12 And God said unto A’-bra-ham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sar’-ah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in I’-saac shall thy seed be called.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
14 And A’-bra-ham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Ha’-gar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-she’-ba.
15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Ha’-gar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Ha’-gar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Par’-an: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of E’-gypt.
22 And it came to pass at that time, that A-bim’-e-lech and Phi’-chol the chief captain of his host spake unto A’-bra-ham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
24 And A’-bra-ham said, I will swear.
25 And A’-bra-ham reproved A-bim’-e-lech because of a well of water, which A-bim’-e-lech’s servants had violently taken away.
26 And A-bim’-e-lech said, I wot not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
27 And A’-bra-ham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto A-bim’-e-lech; and both of them made a covenant.
28 And A’-bra-ham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29 And A-bim’-e-lech said unto A’-bra-ham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
31 Wherefore he called that place Beer-she’-ba; because there they sware both of them.
32 Thus they made a covenant at Beer-she’-ba: then A-bim’-e-lech rose up, and Phi’-chol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.
33 And A’-bra-ham planted a grove in Beer-she’-ba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.
34 And A’-bra-ham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.
1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Je’-sus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pi’-late.
2 And Pi’-late asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.
3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
4 And Pi’-late asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
5 But Je’-sus yet answered nothing; so that Pi’-late marvelled.
6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
7 And there was one named Barab’-bas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
9 But Pi’-late answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barab’-bas unto them.
12 And Pi’-late answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.
14 Then Pi’-late said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
15 And so Pi’-late, willing to content the people, released Barab’-bas unto them, and delivered Je’-sus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Prae-tor’-i-um; and they call together the whole band.
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
21 And they compel one Simon a Cy-re’-ni-an, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Al-ex-an’-der and Ru’-fus, to bear his cross.
22 And they bring him unto the place Gol’-go-tha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews.
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32 Let Christ the King of Is’- ra-el descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Je’-sus cried with a loud voice, saying, E’-lo-i, E’-lo-i, la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth E-li’-as.
36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether E-li’-as will come to take him down.
37 And Je’-sus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mar’-y Mag’-da-lene, and Mar’-y the mother of James the less and of Jo’-ses, and Sa-lo’- me;
41 (Who also, when he was in Gal’-i-lee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Je-ru’-sa-lem.
42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
43 Jo’-seph of Ar-im-a-thae’-a, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pi’-late, and craved the body of Je’-sus.
44 And Pi’-late marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Jo’-seph.
46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
47 And Mar’-y Mag’-da-lene and Mar’-y the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out the read the big family Bible that many families had in those days. But I couldn’t get past Genesis 2 before I got bored with reading the Bible. I found out later in life that you have to believe on Christ and get saved before you can understand the Bible. So here is how I became a Christian and how you can too:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.