This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #167. 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 11, Psalm 134 and Matthew 26.
S. Truett Cathy said, “As Christians, we have an obligation and responsibility to abide by the principles of the Bible.”
Timothy Keller said, “We should let Scripture interpret us more than we interpret Scripture.”
1 And it came to pass, when Ja’-bin king of Ha’-zor had heard those things, that he sent to Jo’-bab king of Ma’-don, and to the king of Shim’-ron, and to the king of Ach’-shaph,
2 And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chin’-ne-roth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
3 And to the Ca’-na-an-ite on the east and on the west, and to the Am’-o-rite, and the Hit’-tite, and the Pe-riz’-zite, and the Jeb’-u-site in the mountains, and to the Hi’-vite under Her’-mon in the land of Miz’-peh.
4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Me’-rom, to fight against Is’-ra-el.
6 And the Lord said unto Josh’-u-a, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Is’-ra-el: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
7 So Josh’-u-a came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Me’-rom suddenly; and they fell upon them.
8 And the Lord delivered them into the hand of Is’-ra-el, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zi’-don, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Miz’-peh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining.
9 And Josh’-u-a did unto them as the Lord bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
10 And Josh’-u-a at that time turned back, and took Ha’-zor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Ha’-zor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Ha’-zor with fire.
12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Josh’-u-a take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Mo’-ses the servant of the Lord commanded.
13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Is’-ra-el burned none of them, save Ha’-zor only; that did Josh’-u-a burn.
14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Is’-ra-el took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.
15 As the Lord commanded Mo’-ses his servant, so did Mo’-ses command Josh’-u-a, and so did Josh’-u-a; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Mo’-ses.
16 So Josh’-u-a took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Go’-shen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Is’-ra-el, and the valley of the same;
17 Even from the mount Ha’-lak, that goeth up to Se’-ir, even unto Ba’-al-gad in the valley of Leb’-a-non under mount Her’-mon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them.
18 Josh’-u-a made war a long time with all those kings.
19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Is’-ra-el, save the Hi’-vites the inhabitants of Gib’-e-on: all other they took in battle.
20 For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Is’-ra-el in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Mo’-ses.
21 And at that time came Josh’-u-a, and cut off the An’-a-kims from the mountains, from He’-bron, from De’-bir, from A’-nab, and from all the mountains of Ju’-dah, and from all the mountains of Is’-ra-el: Josh’-u-a destroyed them utterly with their cities.
22 There was none of the An’-a-kims left in the land of the children of Is’-ra-el: only in Ga’-za, in Gath, and in Ash’-dod, there remained.
23 So Josh’-u-a took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said unto Mo’-ses; and Josh’-u-a gave it for an inheritance unto Is’-ra-el according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
A Song of degrees.
1 Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord.
2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
3 The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zi’-on.
1 And it came to pass, when Je’-sus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,
2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Cai’-a-phas,
4 And consulted that they might take Je’-sus by subtilty, and kill him.
5 But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people.
6 Now when Je’-sus was in Beth’-a-ny, in the house of Si’-mon the leper,
7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 When Je’-sus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
14 Then one of the twelve, called Ju’-das Is-car’-i-ot, went unto the chief priests,
15 And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
16 And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Je’-sus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?
18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.
19 And the disciples did as Je’-sus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
20 Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.
21 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.
22 And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
23 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me.
24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
25 Then Ju’-das, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
26 And as they were eating, Je’-sus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
31 Then saith Je’-sus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Gal’-i-lee.
33 Pe’-ter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
34 Je’-sus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35 Pe’-ter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
36 Then cometh Je’-sus with them unto a place called Geth-sem’-a-ne, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Pe’-ter and the two sons of Zeb’-e-dee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Pe’-ter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
47 And while he yet spake, lo, Ju’-das, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48 Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
49 And forthwith he came to Je’-sus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50 And Je’-sus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Je’-sus and took him.
51 And, behold, one of them which were with Je’-sus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.
52 Then said Je’-sus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
55 In that same hour said Je’-sus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.
56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
57 And they that had laid hold on Je’-sus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.
58 But Pe’-ter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end.
59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Je’-sus, to put him to death;
60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
62 And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
63 But Je’-sus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Je’-sus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
66 What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
67 Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,
68 Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?
69 Now Pe’-ter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Je’-sus of Gal’-i-lee.
70 But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
71 And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Je’-sus of Naz’-a-reth.
72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Pe’-ter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
75 And Pe’-ter remembered the word of Je’-sus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
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.”
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God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.