This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #228. 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 1 Samuel 23, Ecclesiastes 6 and John 18.
J. C. Ryle said, “Happy is that man who possesses a Bible! Happier still is he who reads it! Happiest of all is he who not only reads it, but obeys it, and makes it the rule of his faith and practice!”
Billy Graham said, “The word of God hidden in the heart is a stubborn voice to suppress..”
1 Samuel 23
1 Then they told Da’-vid, saying, Behold, the Phil’-is-tines fight against Kei’-lah, and they rob the threshingfloors.
2 Therefore Da’-vid enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and smite these Phil’-is-tines? And the Lord said unto Da’-vid, Go, and smite the Phil’-is-tines, and save Kei’-lah.
3 And Da’-vid’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Ju’-dah: how much more then if we come to Kei’-lah against the armies of the Phil’-is-tines?
4 Then Da’-vid enquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him and said, Arise, go down to Kei’-lah; for I will deliver the Phil’-is-tines into thine hand.
5 So Da’-vid and his men went to Kei’-lah, and fought with the Phil’-is-tines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So Da’-vid saved the inhabitants of Kei’-lah.
6 And it came to pass, when A’-bi-a-thar the son of A’-him-e’-lech fled to Da’-vid to Kei’-lah, that he came down with an e’-phod in his hand.
7 And it was told Saul that Da’-vid was come to Kei’-lah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.
8 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Kei’-lah, to besiege Da’-vid and his men.
9 And Da’-vid knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to A’-bi-a-thar the priest, Bring hither the e’-phod.
10 Then said Da’-vid, O Lord God of Is’-ra-el, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Kei’-lah, to destroy the city for my sake.
11 Will the men of Kei’-lah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O Lord God of Is’-ra-el, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the Lord said, He will come down.
12 Then said Da’-vid, Will the men of Kei’-lah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the Lord said, They will deliver thee up.
13 Then Da’-vid and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Kei’-lah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that Da’-vid was escaped from Kei’-lah; and he forbare to go forth.
14 And Da’-vid abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
15 And Da’-vid saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and Da’-vid was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
16 And Jon’-a-than Saul’s son arose, and went to Da’-vid into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Is’-ra-el, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.
18 And they two made a covenant before the Lord: and Da’-vid abode in the wood, and Jon’-a-than went to his house.
19 Then came up the Ziph’-ites to Saul to Gib’-e-ah, saying, Doth not Da’-vid hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hach’-i-lah, which is on the south of Jesh’-i-mon?
20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.
21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the Lord; for ye have compassion on me.
22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.
23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Ju’-dah.
24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but Da’-vid and his men were in the wilderness of Ma’-on, in the plain on the south of Jesh’-i-mon.
25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told Da’-vid; wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Ma’-on. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after Da’-vid in the wilderness of Ma’-on.
26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and Da’-vid and his men on that side of the mountain: and Da’-vid made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed Da’-vid and his men round about to take them.
27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Phil’-is-tines have invaded the land.
28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after Da’-vid, and went against the Phil’-is-tines: therefore they called that place Se’-la-ham’-mah-le’-koth.
29 And Da’-vid went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.
1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:
2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.
4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.
5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.
6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?
9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?
12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
1 When Je’-sus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Ce’-dron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.
2 And Ju’-das also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Je’-sus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
3 Ju’-das then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Phar’-i-sees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
4 Je’-sus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
5 They answered him, Je’-sus of Naz’-a-reth. Je’-sus saith unto them, I am he. And Ju’-das also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Je’-sus of Naz’-a-reth.
8 Je’-sus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
10 Then Si’-mon Pe’-ter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Mal’-chus.
11 Then said Je’-sus unto Pe’-ter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Je’-sus, and bound him,
13 And led him away to An’-nas first; for he was father in law to Cai’-a-phas, which was the high priest that same year.
14 Now Cai’-a-phas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.
15 And Si’-mon Pe’-ter followed Je’-sus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Je’-sus into the palace of the high priest.
16 But Pe’-ter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Pet’-er.
17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Pe’-ter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not.
18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Pe’-ter stood with them, and warmed himself.
19 The high priest then asked Je’-sus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.
20 Je’-sus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
21 Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Je’-sus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
23 Je’-sus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?
24 Now An’-nas had sent him bound unto Cai’-a-phas the high priest.
25 And Si’-mon Pe’-ter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.
26 One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Pe’-ter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?
27 Pe’-ter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
28 Then led they Je’-sus from Cai’-a-phas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.
29 Pi’-late then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?
30 They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.
31 Then said Pi’-late unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:
32 That the saying of Je’-sus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
33 Then Pi’-late entered into the judgment hall again, and called Je’-sus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?
34 Je’-sus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?
35 Pi’-late answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?
36 Je’-sus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
37 Pi’-late therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Je’-sus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
38 Pi’-late saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.
39 But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Ba’-rab-bas. Now Ba’-rab-bas was a robber.
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.