This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #166. 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 10, Psalm 84 and Matthew 25.
Ronald Reagan said, “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”
Helen Keller said, “Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.”
1 Now it came to pass, when Ad’-o-ni-ze’dec king of Je-ru’-sa-lem had heard how Josh’-u-a had taken A’-i, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jer’-i-cho and her king, so he had done to A’-i and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gib’-e-on had made peace with Is’-ra-el, and were among them;
2 That they feared greatly, because Gib’-e-on was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than A’-i, and all the men thereof were mighty.
3 Wherefore Ad’-o-ni-ze’dec king of Je-ru’-sa-lem, sent unto Ho’-ham king of He’-bron, and unto Pi’-ram king of Jar’-muth, and unto Ja-phi’-a king of La’-chish, and unto De’-bir king of Eg’-lon, saying,
4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gib’-e-on: for it hath made peace with Josh’-u-a and with the children of Is’-ra-el.
5 Therefore the five kings of the Am’-o-rites, the king of Je-ru’-sa-lem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jar’-muth, the king of La’-chish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gib’-e-on, and made war against it.
6 And the men of Gib’-e-on sent unto Josh’-u-a to the camp to Gil’-gal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Am’-o-rites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
7 So Josh’-u-a ascended from Gil’-gal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
8 And the Lord said unto Josh’-u-a, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
9 Josh’-u-a therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gil’-gal all night.
10 And the Lord discomfited them before Is’-ra-el, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gib’-e-on, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Beth-ho’-ron, and smote them to A-ze’-kah, and unto Mak-ke’-dah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Is’-ra-el, and were in the going down to Beth-ho’-ron, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto A-ze’-kah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Is’-ra-el slew with the sword.
12 Then spake Josh’-u-a to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Am’-o-rites before the children of Is’-ra-el, and he said in the sight of Is’-ra-el, Sun, stand thou still upon Gib’-e-on; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Aj’-a-lon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jash’-er? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Is’-ra-el.
15 And Josh’-u-a returned, and all Is’-ra-el with him, unto the camp to Gil’-gal.
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Mak-ke’-dah.
17 And it was told Josh’-u-a, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Mak-ke’-dah.
18 And Josh’-u-a said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the Lord your God hath delivered them into your hand.
20 And it came to pass, when Josh’-u-a and the children of Is’-ra-el had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.
21 And all the people returned to the camp to Josh’-u-a at Mak-ke’-dah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Is’-ra-el.
22 Then said Josh’-u-a, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave.
23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Je-ru’-sa-lem, the king of He’-bron, the king of Jar’-muth, the king of La’-chish, and the king of Eg’-lon.
24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Josh’-u-a, that Josh’-u-a called for all the men of Is’-ra-el, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
25 And Josh’-u-a said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
26 And afterward Josh’-u-a smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.
27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Josh’-u-a commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave’s mouth, which remain until this very day.
28 And that day Josh’-u-a took Mak-ke’-dah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain: and he did to the king of Mak-ke’-dah as he did unto the king of Jer’-i-cho.
29 Then Josh’-u-a passed from Mak-ke’-dah, and all Is’-ra-el with him, unto Lib’-nah, and fought against Lib’-nah:
30 And the Lord delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Is’-ra-el; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jer’-i-cho.
31 And Josh’-u-a passed from Lib’-nah, and all Is’-ra-el with him, unto La’-chish, and encamped against it, and fought against it:
32 And the Lord delivered La’-chish into the hand of Is’-ra-el, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Lib’-nah.
33 Then Hor’-am king of Ge’-zer came up to help La’-chish; and Josh’-u-a smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining.
34 And from La’-chish Josh’-u-a passed unto Eg’-lon, and all Is’-ra-el with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it:
35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to La’-chish.
36 And Josh’-u-a went up from Eg’-lon, and all Is’-ra-el with him, unto He’-bron; and they fought against it:
37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eg’-lon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.
38 And Josh’-u-a returned, and all Is’-ra-el with him, to De’-bir; and fought against it:
39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to He’-bron, so he did to De’-bir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Lib’-nah, and to her king.
40 So Josh’-u-a smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Is’-ra-el commanded.
41 And Josh’-u-a smote them from Ka’-desh-bar’-ne-a even unto Ga’-za, and all the country of Go’-shen, even unto Gib’-e-on.
42 And all these kings and their land did Josh’-u-a take at one time, because the Lord God of Is’-ra-el fought for Is’-ra-el.
43 And Josh’-u-a returned, and all Is’-ra-el with him, unto the camp to Gil’-gal.
To the chief Musician upon Git’-tith, A Psalm for the sons of Kor’-ah.
1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Se’-lah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Ba’-ca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zi’-on appeareth before God.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Ja’-cob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
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.