This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #160. Where I read three chapters of the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day with my family as a part of our family devotions, to encourage you to read the Holy Bible in a year’s time. Today we are reading Joshua 4, Psalm 137 and Matthew 19.
Billy Graham said, “The Bible is not an option, it is a necessity. You cannot grow spiritually strong without it.”
J. C. Ryle said, “Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, follow nothing which is not in the Bible, nor can be proved by the Bible.”
1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jor’-dan, that the Lord spake unto Josh’-u-a, saying,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jor’-dan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.
4 Then Josh’-u-a called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Is’-ra-el, out of every tribe a man:
5 And Josh’-u-a said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jor’-dan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Is’-ra-el:
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jor’-dan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jor’-dan, the waters of Jor’-dan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Is’-ra-el for ever.
8 And the children of Is’-ra-el did so as Josh’-u-a commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jor’-dan, as the Lord spake unto Josh’-u-a, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Is’-ra-el, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
9 And Josh’-u-a set up twelve stones in the midst of Jor’-dan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.
10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jor’-dan, until everything was finished that the Lord commanded Josh’-u-a to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses commanded Josh’-u-a: and the people hasted and passed over.
11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over, that the ark of the Lord passed over, and the priests, in the presence of the people.
12 And the children of Reu’-ben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Ma-nas’-seh, passed over armed before the children of Is’-ra-el, as Mo’-ses spake unto them:
13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the Lord unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
14 On that day the Lord magnified Josh’-u-a in the sight of all Is’-ra-el; and they feared him, as they feared Mo’-ses, all the days of his life.
15 And the Lord spake unto Josh’-u-a, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jor’-dan.
17 Josh’-u-a therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jor’-dan.
18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord were come up out of the midst of Jor’-dan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jor’-dan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.
19 And the people came up out of Jor’-dan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gil’-gal, in the east border of Jer’-i-cho.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jor’-dan, did Josh’-u-a pitch in Gil’-gal.
21 And he spake unto the children of Is’-ra-el, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
22 Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Is’-ra-el came over this Jor’-dan on dry land.
23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jor’-dan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
1 By the rivers of Bab’-y-lon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zi’-on.
4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
5 If I forget thee, O Je-ru’-sa-lem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Je’-ru-sa-lem above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O Lord, the children of E’-dom in the day of Je-ru’-sa-lem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8 O daughter of Bab’-y-lon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
1 And it came to pass, that when Je’-sus had finished these sayings, he departed from Gal’-i-lee, and came into the coasts of Ju’-dae-a beyond Jor’-dan;
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 The Phar’-i-sees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Mo’-ses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?
8 He saith unto them, Mo’-ses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Je’-sus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Je’-sus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Je’-sus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Je’-sus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Je’-sus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
27 Then answered Pe’-ter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Je’-sus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Is’-ra-el.
29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
When I was a teenager I wanted to get wisdom and knowledge, so I set out to 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.