This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #33. 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 47 & 48, Hebrews 1.
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 Jo’-seph came and told Phar’-aoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Ca’-na-an; and, behold, they are in the land of Go’-shen.
2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Phar’-aoh.
3 And Phar’-aoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Phar’-aoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
4 They said morever unto Phar’-aoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Ca’-na-an: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Go’-shen.
5 And Phar’-aoh spake unto Jo’-seph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
6 The land of E’-gypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Go’-shen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
7 And Jo’-seph brought in Ja’-cob his father, and set him before Phar’-aoh: and Ja’-cob blessed Phar’-aoh.
8 And Phar’-aoh said unto Ja’-cob, How old art thou?
9 And Ja’-cob said unto Phar’-aoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
10 And Ja’-cob blessed Phar’-aoh, and went out from before Phar’-aoh.
11 And Jo’-seph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of E’-gypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Ram’-e-ses, as Phar’-aoh had commanded.
12 And Jo’-seph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father’s household, with bread, according to their families.
13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of E’-gypt and all the land of Ca’-na-an fainted by reason of the famine.
14 And Jo’-seph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of E’-gypt, and in the land of Ca’-na-an, for the corn which they bought: and Jo’-seph brought the money into Phar’-aoh’s house.
15 And when money failed in the land of E’-gypt, and in the land of Ca’-na-an, all the E’-gyp-tians came unto Jo’-seph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
16 And Jo’-seph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
17 And they brought their cattle unto Jo’-seph: and Jo’-seph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Phar’-aoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
20 And Jo’-seph bought all the land of E’-gypt for Phar’-aoh; for the E’-gyp-tians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Phar’-aoh’s.
21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of E’-gypt even to the other end thereof.
22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Phar’-aoh, and did eat their portion which Phar’-aoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
23 Then Jo’-seph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Phar’-aoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Phar’-aoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Phar’-aoh’s servants.
26 And Jo’-seph made it a law over the land of E’-gypt unto this day, that Phar’-aoh should have the fifth part, except the land of the priests only, which became not Phar’-aoh’s.
27 And Is’-ra-el dwelt in the land of E’-gypt, in the country of Go’-shen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
28 And Ja’-cob lived in the land of E’-gypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Ja’-cob was an hundred forty and seven years.
29 And the time drew nigh that Is’-ra-el must die: and he called his son Jo’-seph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in E’-gypt:
30 But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of E’-gypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Is’-ra-el bowed himself upon the bed’s head.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Jo’-seph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Ma-nas’-seh and E’-phra-im.
2 And one told Ja’-cob, and said, Behold, thy son Jo’-seph cometh unto thee: and Is’-ra-el strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
3 And Ja’-cob said unto Jo’-seph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Ca’-na-an, and blessed me,
4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 And now thy two sons, E’-phra-im and Ma-nas’-seh, which were born unto thee in the land of E’-gypt before I came unto thee into E’-gypt, are mine; as Reu’-ben and Sim’-e-on, they shall be mine.
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
7 And as for me, when I came from Pa’-dan, Ra’-chel died by me in the land of Ca’-na-an in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto E’-phrath: and I buried her there in the way of E’-phrath; the same is Beth’-le-hem.
8 And Is’-ra-el beheld Jo’-seph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Jo’-seph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Is’-ra-el were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.
11 And Is’-ra-el said unto Jo’-seph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
12 And Jo’-seph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13 And Jo’-seph took them both, E’-phra-im in his right hand toward Is’-ra-el’s left hand, and Ma-nas’-seh in his left hand toward Is’-ra-el’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.
14 And Is’-ra-el stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon E’-phra-im’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Ma-nas’-seh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Ma-nas’-seh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Jo’-seph, and said, God, before whom my fathers A’-bra-ham and I’-saac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers A’-bra-ham and I’-saac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And when Jo’-seph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of E’-phra-im, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from E’-phra-im’s head unto Ma-nas’-seh’s head.
18 And Jo’-seph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Is’-ra-el bless, saying, God make thee as E’-phra-im and as Ma-nas’-seh: and he set E’-phra-im before Ma-nas’-seh.
21 And Is’-ra-el said unto Jo’-seph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Am’-o-rite with my sword and with my bow.
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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.