This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #24. 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 34 & 35 and Ephesians 2.
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 And Di’-nah the daughter of Le-ah, which she bare unto Ja’-cob, went out to see the daughters of the land.
2 And when She’-chem the son of Ha’-mor the Hi’-vite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.
3 And his soul clave unto Di’-nah the daughter of Ja’-cob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.
4 And She’-chem spake unto his father Ha’-mor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.
5 And Ja’-cob heard that he had defiled Di’-nah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Ja’-cob held his peace until they were come.
6 And Ha’-mor the father of She’-chem went out unto Ja’-cob to commune with him.
7 And the sons of Ja’-cob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Is’-ra-el in lying with Ja’-cob’s daughter: which thing ought not to be done.
8 And Ha’-mor communed with them, saying, The soul of my son She’-chem longeth for your daughter: I pray you give her him to wife.
9 And make ye marriages with us, and give your daughters unto us, and take our daughters unto you.
10 And ye shall dwell with us: and the land shall be before you; dwell and trade ye therein, and get you possessions therein.
11 And She’-chem said unto her father and unto her brethren, Let me find grace in your eyes, and what ye shall say unto me I will give.
12 Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
13 And the sons of Ja’-cob answered She’-chem and Ha’-mor his father deceitfully, and said, because he had defiled Di’-nah their sister:
14 And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us:
15 But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised;
16 Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
17 But if ye will not hearken unto us, to be circumcised; then will we take our daughter, and we will be gone.
18 And their words pleased Ha’-mor, and She’-chem Ha’-mor’s son.
19 And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Ja’-cob’s daughter: and he was more honourable than all the house of his father.
20 And Ha’-mor and She’-chem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying,
21 These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them dwell in the land, and trade therein; for the land, behold, it is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.
22 Only herein will the men consent unto us for to dwell with us, to be one people, if every male among us be circumcised, as they are circumcised.
23 Shall not their cattle and their substance and every beast of their’s be our’s? only let us consent unto them, and they will dwell with us.
24 And unto Ha’-mor and unto She’-chem his son hearkened all that went out of the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all that went out of the gate of his city.
25 And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Ja’-cob, Sim’-e-on and Le’-vi, Di’-nah’s brethren, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.
26 And they slew Ha’-mor and She’-chem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Di’-nah out of She’-chem’s house, and went out.
27 The sons of Ja’-cob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
28 They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,
29 And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and spoiled even all that was in the house.
30 And Ja’-cob said to Sim’-e-on and Le’-vi, Ye have troubled me to make me to stink among the inhabitants of the land, among the Ca’-na-an-ites and the Pe-riz’-zites: and I being few in number, they shall gather themselves together against me, and slay me; and I shall be destroyed, I and my house.
31 And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?
1 And God said unto Ja’-cob, Arise, go up to Beth’-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of E’-sau thy brother.
2 Then Ja’-cob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
3 And let us arise, and go up to Beth’-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.
4 And they gave unto Ja’-cob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Ja’-cob hid them under the oak which was by She’-chem.
5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Ja’-cob.
6 So Ja’-cob came to Luz, which is in the land of of Ca’-na-an, that is, Beth’-el, he and all the people that were with him.
7 And he built there an altar, and called the place El-beth’-el: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.
8 But Deb’-o-rah Re-bek’-ah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Beth’-el under an oak: and the name of it was called Al’-lon-ba-chuth.
9 And God appeared unto Ja’-cob again, when he came out of Pa’-dan-ar’-am, and blessed him.
10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Ja’-cob: thy name shall not be called any more Ja’-cob, but Is’-ra-el shall be thy name: and he called his name Is’-ra-el.
11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
12 And the land which I gave A’-bra-ham and I’-saac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.
13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
14 And Ja’-cob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
15 And Ja’-cob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Beth’-el.
16 And they journeyed from Beth’-el; and there was but a little way to come to E’-phrath: and Ra’-chel travailed, and she had hard labour.
17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Ben-o’-ni: but his father called him Ben’-ja-min.
19 And Ra’-chel died, and was buried in the way to E’-phrath, which is Beth’-le-hem.
20 And Ja’-cob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Ra’-chel’s grave unto this day.
21 And Is’-ra-el journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of E’-dar.
22 And it came to pass, when Is’-ra-el dwelt in that land, that Reu’-ben went and lay with Bil’-hah his father’s concubine: and Is’-ra-el heard it. Now the sons of Ja’-cob were twelve:
23 The sons of Le-ah; Reu’-ben, Ja’-cob’s firstborn, and Sime-on, and Le’-vi, and Ju’-dah, and Is’-sa-char, and Ze-bu’-lun:
24 The sons of Ra’-chel; Jo’- seph, and Ben’-ja-min:
25 And the sons of Bil’-hah, Ra’-chel’s handmaid; Dan, and Naph’-ta-li:
26 And the sons of Zil’pah, Leah’s handmaid; Gad, and Ash’-er: these are the sons of Ja’-cob, which were born to him in Pa’-dan-ar’-am,.
27 And Ja’-cob came unto I’-saac his father unto Mam-re, unto the city of Ar’-bah, which is Hebron, where A’-bra-ham and I’-saac sojourned.
28 And the days of I’-saac were an hundred and fourscore years.
29 And I’-saac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons E’-sau and Ja’-cob buried him.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Je’-sus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Je’-sus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Je’-sus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gen’-tiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Is’-ra-el, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Je’-sus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Je’-sus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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.