This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #21. 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 29 & 30 and Galatians 5.
Abraham Lincoln said, “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book that you can by reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man. It is the best Book which God has given to man.”
Johann A. Bengel said, “Apply yourself wholly to the Scriptures, and apply the Scriptures wholly to yourself.”
1 Then Ja’-cob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.
2 And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there were three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone was upon the well’s mouth.
3 And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well’s mouth in his place.
4 And Ja’-cob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Har’-an are we.
5 And he said unto them, Know ye La’-ban the son of Na-hor? And they said, We know him.
6 And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Ra’-chel his daughter cometh with the sheep.
7 And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.
8 And they said, We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and till they roll the stone from the well’s mouth; then we water the sheep.
9 And while he yet spake with them, Ra’-chel came with her father’s sheep; for she kept them.
10 And it came to pass, when Ja’-cob saw Ra’-chel the daughter of La’-ban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of La’-ban his mother’s brother, that Ja’-cob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of La’-ban his mother’s brother.
11 And Ja’-cob kissed Ra’-chel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.
12 And Ja’-cob told Ra’-chel that he was her father’s brother, and that he was Re-bek’-ah’s son: and she ran and told her father.
13 And it came to pass, when La’-ban heard the tidings of Ja’-cob his sister’s son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told La’-ban all these things.
14 And La’-ban said to him, Surely thou art my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him the space of a month.
15 And La’-ban said unto Ja’-cob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be?
16 And La’-ban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Le-ah, and the name of the younger was Ra’-chel.
17 Le-ah was tender eyed; but Ra’-chel was beautiful and well favoured.
18 And Ja’-cob loved Ra’-chel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Ra’-chel thy younger daughter.
19 And La’-ban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.
20 And Ja’-cob served seven years for Ra’-chel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
21 And Ja’-cob said unto La’-ban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
22 And La’-ban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.
23 And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Le-ah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.
24 And La’-ban gave unto his daughter Le-ah Zil’pah his maid for an handmaid.
25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Le-ah: and he said to La’-ban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Ra’-chel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?
26 And La’-ban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Ja’-cob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Ra’-chel his daughter to wife also.
29 And La’-ban gave to Ra’-chel his daughter Bil’-hah his handmaid to be her maid.
30 And he went in also unto Ra’-chel, and he loved also Ra’-chel more than Le-ah, and served with him yet seven other years.
31 And when the Lord saw that Le-ah was hated, he opened her womb: but Ra’-chel was barren.
32 And Le-ah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reu’-ben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Sim’-e-on.
34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Le’-vi.
35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Ju’-dah; and left bearing.
1 And when Ra’-chel saw that she bare Ja’-cob no children, Ra’-chel envied her sister; and said unto Ja’-cob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Ja’-cob’s anger was kindled against Ra’-chel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bil’-hah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
4 And she gave him Bil’-hah her handmaid to wife: and Ja’-cob went in unto her.
5 And Bil’-hah conceived, and bare Ja’-cob a son.
6 And Ra’-chel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
7 And Bil’-hah Ra’-chel’s maid conceived again, and bare Ja’-cob a second son.
8 And Ra’-chel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naph’- ta-li.
9 When Le-ah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zil’pah her maid, and gave her Ja’-cob to wife.
10 And Zil’pah Le-ah’s maid bare Ja’-cob a son.
11 And Le-ah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
12 And Zil’pah Le-ah’s maid bare Ja’-cob a second son.
13 And Le-ah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Ash’-er.
14 And Reu’-ben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Le-ah. Then Ra’-chel said to Le-ah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.
15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Ra’-chel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes.
16 And Ja’-cob came out of the field in the evening, and Le-ah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
17 And God hearkened unto Le-ah, and she conceived, and bare Ja’-cob the fifth son.
18 And Le-ah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Is’-sa-char.
19 And Le-ah conceived again, and bare Ja’-cob the sixth son.
20 And Le-ah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Ze-bu’-lun.
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Di’-nah.
22 And God remembered Ra’-chel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
24 And she called his name Jo’-seph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.
25 And it came to pass, when Ra’-chel had born Jo’-seph, that Ja’-cob said unto La’-ban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
27 And La’-ban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Ja’-cob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
34 And La’-ban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
36 And he set three days’ journey betwixt himself and Ja’-cob: and Ja’-cob fed the rest of La’-ban’s flocks.
37 And Ja’-cob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Ja’-cob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of La’-ban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto La’-ban’s cattle.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Ja’-cob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were La’-ban’s , and the stronger Ja’-cob’s.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Je’-sus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
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.