This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #244. 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 2 Samuel 8, Job 2, and Revelation 13.
R. C. Sproul said, “Here then is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.”
Charles Spurgeon said, “You need not bring life to the Scripture. You should draw life from the Scripture.”
2 Samuel 8
1 And after this it came to pass that Da’-vid smote the Phil’-is-tines, and subdued them: and Da’-vid took Meth’-e-gam’-mah out of the hand of the Phil’-is-tines.
2 And he smote Mo’-ab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Mo’-ab-ites became Da’-vid’s servants, and brought gifts.
3 Da’-vid smote also Had’-a-de’-zer, the son of Re’-hob, king of Zo’-bah, as he went to recover his border at the river Eu’-phra-tes.
4 And Da’-vid took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and Da’-vid houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.
5 And when the Sy’-ri-ans of Da’-mas-cus came to succour Hadadezer king of Zo’-bah, Da’-vid slew of the Sy’-ri-ans two and twenty thousand men.
6 Then Da’-vid put garrisons in Sy’-ri-a of Da’-mas-cus: and the Sy’-ri-ans became servants to Da’-vid, and brought gifts. And the Lord preserved Da’-vid whithersoever he went.
7 And Da’-vid took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Had’-a-de’-zer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
8 And from Be’-tah, and from Be’-ro-thai, cities of Had’-a-de’-zer, king David took exceeding much brass.
9 When Toi king of Ha’-math heard that Da’-vid had smitten all the host of Had’-a-de’-zer,
10 Then Toi sent Jo’-ram his son unto king Da’-vid, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Had’-a-de’-zer, and smitten him: for Had’-a-de’-zer had wars with Toi. And Jo’-ram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass:
11 Which also king Da’-vid did dedicate unto the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;
12 Of Sy’-ri-a, and of Mo’-ab, and of the children of Am’-mon, and of the Phil’-is-tines, and of Am’-a-lek, and of the spoil of Had’-a-de’-zer, son of Re’-hob, king of Zo’-bah.
13 And Da’-vid gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Sy’-ri-ans in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men.
14 And he put garrisons in E’-dom; throughout all E’-dom put he garrisons, and all they of E’-dom became Da’-vid’s servants. And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.
15 And Da’-vid reigned over all Is’-ra-el; and Da’-vid executed judgment and justice unto all his people.
16 And Jo’-ab the son of Ze’-ru-i-ah was over the host; and Je’-hosh-a’-phat the son of A’-hi-lud was recorder;
17 And Za’-dok the son of A’-hi-tub, and A-him’-e-lech the son of A-bi’-a-thar, were the priests; and Se’-rai-ah was the scribe;
18 And Ben’-ai-ah the son of Je’-ho-ia-da was over both the Che’-re-thites and the Pel’-e-thites; and Da’-vid’s sons were chief rulers.
1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Sa’-tan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.
2 And the Lord said unto Sa’-tan, From whence comest thou? And Sa’-tan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
3 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
4 And Sa’-tan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
6 And the Lord said unto Sa’-tan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
7 So went Sa’-tan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; E’-li-phaz the Te’-man-ite, and Bil’-dad the Shu’-hite, and Zo’-phar the Na’-a-ma-thite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.
12 And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven.
13 So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that his grief was very great.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
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 email@example.com 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.