This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #246. 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 10, Job 4, and Revelation 15.
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 10
1 And it came to pass after this, that the king of the children of Am’-mon died, and Ha’-nun his son reigned in his stead.
2 Then said Da’-vid, I will shew kindness unto Ha’-nun the son of Na’-hash, as his father shewed kindness unto me. And Da’-vid sent to comfort him by the hand of his servants for his father. And Da’-vid’s servants came into the land of the children of Am’-mon.
3 And the princes of the children of Am’-mon said unto Ha’-nun their lord, Thinkest thou that Da’-vid doth honour thy father, that he hath sent comforters unto thee? hath not Da’-vid rather sent his servants unto thee, to search the city, and to spy it out, and to overthrow it?
4 Wherefore Ha’-nun took Da’-vid’s servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.
5 When they told it unto Da’-vid, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed: and the king said, Tarry at Jer’-i-cho until your beards be grown, and then return.
6 And when the children of Am’-mon saw that they stank before Da’-vid, the children of Am’-mon sent and hired the Sy’-ri-ans of Beth’-re-hob and the Sy’-ri-ans of Zo’-ba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Ma’-a-cah a thousand men, and of Ish’-tob twelve thousand men.
7 And when Da’-vid heard of it, he sent Jo’-ab, and all the host of the mighty men.
8 And the children of Am’-mon came out, and put the battle in array at the entering in of the gate: and the Sy’-rians of Zo’-ba, and of Re’-hob, and Ish’-tob, and Ma’-a-cah, were by themselves in the field.
9 When Jo’-ab saw that the front of the battle was against him before and behind, he chose of all the choice men of Is’-ra-el, and put them in array against the Sy’-ri-ans:
10 And the rest of the people he delivered into the hand of A’-bi-shai his brother, that he might put them in array against the children of Am’-mon.
11 And he said, If the Sy’-ri-ans be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Am’-mon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee.
12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.
13 And Jo’-ab drew nigh, and the people that were with him, unto the battle against the Sy’-ri-ans: and they fled before him.
14 And when the children of Am’-mon saw that the Sy’-ri-ans were fled, then fled they also before A’-bi-shai, and entered into the city. So Jo’-ab returned from the children of Am’-mon, and came to Je-ru’-sa-lem.
15 And when the Sy’-ri-ans saw that they were smitten before Is’-ra-el, they gathered themselves together.
16 And Had’-a-re’-zer sent, and brought out the Sy’-ri-ans that were beyond the river: and they came to He’-lam; and Sho’-bach the captain of the host of Had’-a-re’-zer went before them.
17 And when it was told Da’-vid, he gathered all Is’-ra-el together, and passed over Jor’-dan, and came to He’-lam. And the Sy’-ri-ans set themselves in array against Da’-vid, and fought with him.
18 And the Sy’-ri-ans fled before Israel; and Da’-vid slew the men of seven hundred chariots of the Sy’-ri-ans, and forty thousand horsemen, and smote Sho’-bach the captain of their host, who died there.
19 And when all the kings that were servants to Had’-a-re’-zer saw that they were smitten before Is’-ra-el, they made peace with Is’-ra-el, and served them. So the Sy’-ri-ans feared to help the children of Am’-mon any more.
1 Then El’-i-phaz the Te’-man-ite answered and said,
2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.
4 Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees.
5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.
6 Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?
8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
9 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed.
10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
11 The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion’s whelps are scattered abroad.
12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof.
13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,
14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.
15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:
16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying,
17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:
19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth?
20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it.
21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.
1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
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.