This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #259. 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 23, Job 17, and 2 John 1.
A. W. Tozer said, “The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”
Timothy Dwight said, “The Bible is a window in this prison world, through which we may look into eternity.”
2 Samuel 23
1 Now these be the last words of Da’-vid. Da’-vid the son of Jes’-se said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Ja’-cob, and the sweet psalmist of Is’-ra-el, said,
2 The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Is’-ra-el said, the Rock of Is’-ra-el spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
6 But the sons of Be’-li-al shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.
8 These be the names of the mighty men whom Da’-vid had: The Tach’-mo-nite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Ad’-i-no the Ez’-nite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
9 And after him was El-e-a’-zar the son of Do’-do the A-ho’-hite, one of the three mighty men with Da’-vid, when they defied the Phil’-is-tines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Is’-ra-el were gone away:
10 He arose, and smote the Phil’-is-tines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.
11 And after him was Sham’-mah the son of A’-gee the Har’-a-rite. And the Phil’-is-tines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Phil’-is-tines.
12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Phil’-is-tines: and the Lord wrought a great victory.
13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to Da’-vid in the harvest time unto the cave of A-dul’-lam: and the troop of the Phil’-is-tines pitched in the valley of Reph’-a-im.
14 And Da’-vid was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Phil’-is-tines was then in Beth’-le-hem.
15 And Da’-vid longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth’-le-hem, which is by the gate!
16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Phil’-is-tines, and drew water out of the well of Beth’-le-hem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to Da’-vid: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord.
17 And he said, Be it far from me, O Lord, that I should do this: is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mighty men.
18 And Ab’-i-shai, the brother of Jo’-ab, the son of Zer-u-i’-ah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them, and had the name among three.
19 Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three.
20 And Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-a-da, the son of a valiant man, of Kab’-zeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Mo’-ab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
21 And he slew an E-gyp’-tian, a goodly man: and the E-gyp’-tian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the E-gyp’-tian’s hand, and slew him with his own spear.
22 These things did Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-a-da, and had the name among three mighty men.
23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the first three. And Da’-vid set him over his guard.
24 As’-a-hel the brother of Jo’-ab was one of the thirty; El-ha’-nan the son of Do’-do of Beth’-le-hem,
25 Sham’-mah the Har’-od-ite, E-li’-ka the Har’-od-ite,
26 He’-lez the Pal’-tite, I’-ra the son of Ik’-kesh the Te-ko-ite,
27 A-bi-e’-zer the An-e-tho’-thite, Me-bun’-nai the Hu’-sha-thite,
28 Za’-mon the A-ho’-hite, Ma’-ha-rai the Ne-toph’-a-thite,
29 He’-leb the son of Ba’-a-nah, a Ne-toph’-a-thite, It-ta’-i the son of Ri-ba’-i out of Gib’-e-ah of the children of Ben’-jamin,
30 Be-nai’-ah the Pi-ra’-thon-ite, Hid-da’-i of the brooks of Ga’-ash,
31 A’-bi-al’-bon the Ar’-ba-thite, Az-ma’-veth the Bar-hu’-mite,
32 E-li-ah’-ba the Sha-al-bo’-nite, of the sons of Jash’-en, Jon’-a-than,
33 Sham’-mah the Har’-a-rite, A-hi’-am the son of Shar’-ar the Har’-a-rite,
34 E-liph’-e-let the son of A-has’-bai, the son of the Ma-ach’-a-thite, E-li’-am the son of A-hith’-o-phel the Gi’-lo-nite,
35 Hez’-rai the Car’-mel-ite, Pa’-a-rai the Ar’-bite,
36 I’-gal the son of Na’-than of Zo’-bah, Ba’-ni the Gad’-ite,
37 Ze’-lek the Am’-mon-ite, Na’-ha-ri the Beer’-o-thite, armourbearer to Jo’-ab the son of Zer-u-i’-ah,
38 I’-ra an Ith’-rite, Gar’-eb an Ith’-rite,
39 U-ri’-ah the Hit’-tite: thirty and seven in all.
1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
2 Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?
3 Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who is he that will strike hands with me?
4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt them.
5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.
7 Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members are as a shadow.
8 Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite.
9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
10 But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find one wise man among you.
11 My days are past, my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart.
12 They change the night into day: the light is short because of darkness.
13 If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
14 I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.
15 And where is now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
16 They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust.
2 John 1
1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
2 For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Je’-sus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Je’-sus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. A’-men.
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.