This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #168. 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 12, Psalm 85 and Matthew 27.
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 Now these are the kings of the land, which the children of Is’-ra-el smote, and possessed their land on the other side Jor’-dan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Ar’-non unto mount Her’-mon, and all the plain on the east:
2 Si’-hon king of the Am’-o-rites, who dwelt in Hesh’-bon, and ruled from A-ro’-er, which is upon the bank of the river Ar’-non, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gil’-e-ad, even unto the river Jab’-bok, which is the border of the children of Am’-mon;
3 And from the plain to the sea of Chin’-ne-roth on the east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to Beth’-jesh-i-moth; and from the south, under Ash’-doth-pis-gah:
4 And the coast of Og king of Ba’-shan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ash’-ta-roth and at Ed’-re-i,
5 And reigned in mount Her’-mon, and in Sal’-cah, and in all Ba’-shan, unto the border of the Ge-shu’-rites and the Ma-ach’-a-thites, and half Gil’-e-ad, the border of Si’-hon king of Hesh’-bon.
6 Them did Mo’-ses the servant of the Lord and the children of Is’-ra-el smite: and Mo’-ses the servant of the Lord gave it for a possession unto the Reu’-ben-ites, and the Gad’-ites, and the half tribe of Man’-as-seh.
7 And these are the kings of the country which Josh’-u-a and the children of Is’-ra-el smote on this side Jor’-dan on the west, from Ba’-al-gad in the valley of Leb’-a-non even unto the mount Ha’-lak, that goeth up to Se’-ir; which Joshua gave unto the tribes of Is’-ra-el for a possession according to their divisions;
8 In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hit’-tites, the Am’-o-rites, and the Ca’-na-an-ites, the Pe-riz’-zites, the Hi’-vites, and the Jeb’-u-sites:
9 The king of Jer’-i-cho, one; the king of A’-i, which is beside Beth’-el, one;
10 The king of Je-ru’-sa-lem, one; the king of He’-bron, one;
11 The king of Jar’-muth, one; the king of La’-chish, one;
12 The king of Eg’-lon, one; the king of Ge’-zer, one;
13 The king of De’-bir, one; the king of Ge’-der, one;
14 The king of Hor’-mah, one; the king of A’-rad, one;
15 The king of Lib’-nah, one; the king of A-dul’-lam, one;
16 The king of Mak-ke’-dah, one; the king of Beth’-el, one;
17 The king of Tap’-pu-ah, one; the king of He’-pher, one;
18 The king of A’-phek, one; the king of La-sha’-ron, one;
19 The king of Ma’-don, one; the king of Ha’-zor, one;
20 The king of Shim’-ron-me’-ron, one; the king of Ach’-shaph, one;
21 The king of Ta’-a-nach, one; the king of Me-gid’-do, one;
22 The king of Ke’-desh, one; the king of Jok’-ne-am of Car’-mel, one;
23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; the king of the nations of Gil’-gal, one;
24 The king of Tir’-zah, one: all the kings thirty and one.
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Kor’-ah.
1 Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Ja’-cob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Se’-lah.
3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.
8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.
1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Je’-sus to put him to death:
2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pon’-tius Pi’-late the governor.
3 Then Ju’-das, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
6 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
7 And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in.
8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
9 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jer’-e-my the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Is’-ra-el did value;
10 And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.
11 And Je’-sus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Je’-sus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13 Then said Pi’-late unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Bar-ab’-bas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pi’-late said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Bar-ab’-bas, or Je’-sus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Bar-ab’-bas, and destroy Je’-sus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Bar-ab’-bas.
22 Pi’-late saith unto them, What shall I do then with Je’-sus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24 When Pi’-late saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 Then released he Bar-ab’-bas unto them: and when he had scourged Je’-sus, he delivered him to be crucified.
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Je’-sus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cy-re’-ne, Si’-mon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
33 And when they were come unto a place called Gol’-go-tha, that is to say, a place of a skull,
34 They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
36 And sitting down they watched him there;
37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Je’-sus The King Of The Jews.
38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Is’-ra-el, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
44 The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
46 And about the ninth hour Je’-sus cried with a loud voice, saying, E’-li, E’-li, la’-ma sa-bach’-tha-ni? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
47 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for E-li’-as.
48 And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
49 The rest said, Let be, let us see whether E-li’-as will come to save him.
50 Je’-sus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Je’-sus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Je’-sus from Gal’-i-lee, ministering unto him:
56 Among which was Mar’-y Mag’-da-lene, and Mar’-y the mother of James and Jo’-ses, and the mother of Zeb’-e-dees children.
57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Ar-im-a-thae’-a, named Jo’-seph, who also himself was Je’-sus’ disciple:
58 He went to Pi’-late, and begged the body of Je’-sus. Then Pi’-late commanded the body to be delivered.
59 And when Jo’-seph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,
60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.
61 And there was Mar’-y Mag’-da-lene, and the other Mar’-y, sitting over against the sepulchre.
62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Phar’-i-sees came together unto Pi’-late,
63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.
64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
65 Pi’-late said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.
66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
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.