This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #261. 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 Kings 1, Job 19, and Jude 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.”
1 Kings 1
1 Now king Da’-vid was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Is’-ra-el, and found Ab’-i-shag a Shu-nam’-mite, and brought her to the king.
4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
5 Then Ad-o-ni’-jah the son of Hag’-gith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Ab’-sa-lom.
7 And he conferred with Jo’-ab the son of Zer-u-i’-ah, and with A-bi’-a-thar the priest: and they following Ad-o-ni’-jah helped him.
8 But Za’-dok the priest, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, and Na’-than the prophet, and Shim’-e-i, and Re’-i, and the mighty men which belonged to Da’-vid, were not with Ad-o-ni’-jah.
9 And Ad-o-ni’-jah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zo’-he-leth, which is by En-ro’-gel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Ju’-dah the king’s servants:
10 But Na’-than the prophet, and Be-nai’-ah, and the mighty men, and Sol’-o-mon his brother, he called not.
11 Wherefore Na’-than spake unto Bath’-she-ba the mother of Sol’-o-mon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Ad-o-ni’-jah the son of Hag’-gith doth reign, and Da’-vid our lord knoweth it not?
12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Sol’-o-mon.
13 Go and get thee in unto king Da’-vid, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Sol’-o-mon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Ad-o-ni’-jah reign?
14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
15 And Bath’-she-ba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Ab’-i-shag the Shu-nam’-mite ministered unto the king.
16 And Bath’-she-ba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?
17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Sol’-o-mon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
18 And now, behold, Ad-o-ni’-jah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:
19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and A-bi’-a-thar the priest, and Jo’-ab the captain of the host: but Sol’-o-mon thy servant hath he not called.
20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Is’-ra-el are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Sol’-o-mon shall be counted offenders.
22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Na’-than the prophet also came in.
23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Na’-than the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.
24 And Na’-than said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Ad-o-ni’-jah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and A-bi’-a-thar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Ad-o-ni’-jah.
26 But me, even me thy servant, and Za’-dok the priest, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, and thy servant Sol’-o-mon, hath he not called.
27 Is this thing done by my lord the king, and thou hast not shewed it unto thy servant, who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?
28 Then king Da’-vid answered and said, Call me Bath’-she-ba. And she came into the king’s presence, and stood before the king.
29 And the king sware, and said, As the Lord liveth, that hath redeemed my soul out of all distress,
30 Even as I sware unto thee by the Lord God of Is’-ra-el, saying, Assuredly Sol’-o-monthy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne in my stead; even so will I certainly do this day.
31 Then Bath’-she-ba bowed with her face to the earth, and did reverence to the king, and said, Let my lord king Da’-vid live for ever.
32 And king Da’-vid said, Call me Za’-dok the priest, and Na’-than the prophet, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada. And they came before the king.
33 The king also said unto them, Take with you the servants of your lord, and cause Sol’-o-mon my son to ride upon mine own mule, and bring him down to Gi’-hon:
34 And let Za’-dok the priest and Na’-than the prophet anoint him there king over Is’-ra-el: and blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Sol’-o-mon.
35 Then ye shall come up after him, that he may come and sit upon my throne; for he shall be king in my stead: and I have appointed him to be ruler over Is’-ra-el and over Ju’-dah.
36 And Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada answered the king, and said, A’-men: the Lord God of my lord the king say so too.
37 As the Lord hath been with my lord the king, even so be he with Sol’-o-mon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord king Da’-vid.
38 So Za’-dok the priest, and Na’-than the prophet, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, and the Cher’-e-thites, and the Pel’-e-thites, went down, and caused Sol’-o-mon to ride upon king Da’-vid’s mule, and brought him to Gi’-hon.
39 And Za’-dok the priest took an horn of oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Sol’-o-mon. And they blew the trumpet; and all the people said, God save king Sol’-o-mon.
40 And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.
41 And Ad-o-ni’-jah and all the guests that were with him heard it as they had made an end of eating. And when Jo’-ab heard the sound of the trumpet, he said, Wherefore is this noise of the city being in an uproar?
42 And while he yet spake, behold, Jon’-a-than the son of A-bi’-a-thar the priest came; and Ad-o-ni’-jah said unto him, Come in; for thou art a valiant man, and bringest good tidings.
43 And Jon’-a-than answered and said to Ad-o-ni’-jah, Verily our lord king Da’-vid hath made Sol’-o-mon king.
44 And the king hath sent with him Za’-dok the priest, and Na’-than the prophet, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, and the Cher’-e-thites, and the Pel’-e-thites, and they have caused him to ride upon the king’s mule:
45 And Za’-dok the priest and Na’-than the prophet have anointed him king in Gi’-hon: and they are come up from thence rejoicing, so that the city rang again. This is the noise that ye have heard.
46 And also Sol’-o-mon sitteth on the throne of the kingdom.
47 And moreover the king’s servants came to bless our lord king Da’-vid, saying, God make the name of Sol’-o-mon better than thy name, and make his throne greater than thy throne. And the king bowed himself upon the bed.
48 And also thus said the king, Blessed be the Lord God of Is’-ra-el, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.
49 And all the guests that were with Ad-o-ni’-jah were afraid, and rose up, and went every man his way.
50 And Ad-o-ni’-jah feared because of Sol’-o-mon, and arose, and went, and caught hold on the horns of the altar.
51 And it was told Sol’-o-mon, saying, Behold, Ad-o-ni’-jah feareth king Sol’-o-mon: for, lo, he hath caught hold on the horns of the altar, saying, Let king Sol’-o-mon swear unto me today that he will not slay his servant with the sword.
52 And Sol’-o-mon said, If he will shew himself a worthy man, there shall not an hair of him fall to the earth: but if wickedness shall be found in him, he shall die.
53 So king Sol’-o-mon sent, and they brought him down from the altar. And he came and bowed himself to king Sol’-o-mon: and Sol’-o-mon said unto him, Go to thine house.
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?
3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.
4 And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself.
5 If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach:
6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.
7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
8 He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths.
9 He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.
10 He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.
11 He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.
12 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.
13 He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me.
14 My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.
18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
21 Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.
22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?
23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
28 But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
29 Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
1 Jude, the servant of Je’-sus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Je’-sus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Je’-sus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of E’-gypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
9 Yet Mi’-cha-el the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Ba’-la-am for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And E’-noch also, the seventh from A’-dam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Je’-sus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. 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.