This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #267. 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 12, 1 Kings 13, and Job 25.
Elisabeth Elliot said, “The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.”
Thomas Fuller said, “Jest not with the two-edged sword of God’s Word.”
1 Kings 12
1 And Re-ho-bo’-am went to She’-chem: for all Is’-ra-el were come to She’-chem to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jer-o-bo’-am the son of Ne’-bat, who was yet in E’-gypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Sol’-o-mon, and Jer-o-bo’-am dwelt in E’-gypt;)
3 That they sent and called him. And Jer-o-bo’-am and all the congregation of Is’-ra-el came, and spake unto Re-ho-bo’-am, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
6 And king Re-ho-bo’-am consulted with the old men, that stood before Sol’-o-mon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s loins.
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jer-o-bo’-am and all the people came to Re-ho-bo’-am the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men’s counsel that they gave him;
14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the Lord, that he might perform his saying, which the Lord spake by A-hi’-jah the Shi’-lo-nite unto Jer-o-bo’-am the son of Ne’-bat.
16 So when all Is’-ra-el saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in Da’-vid? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jes’-se: to your tents, O Is’-ra-el: now see to thine own house, Da’-vid. So Is’-ra-el departed unto their tents.
17 But as for the children of Is’-ra-el which dwelt in the cities of Ju’-dah, Re-ho-bo’-am reigned over them.
18 Then king Re-ho-bo’-am sent A-dor’-am, who was over the tribute; and all Is’-ra-el stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Re-ho-bo’-am made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Je-ru’-sa’-lem.
19 So Is’-ra-el rebelled against the house of Da’-vid unto this day.
20 And it came to pass, when all Is’-ra-el heard that Jer-o-bo’-am was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Is’-ra-el: there was none that followed the house of Da’-vid, but the tribe of Ju’-dah only.
21 And when Re-ho-bo’-am was come to Je-ru’-sa’-lem, he assembled all the house of Ju’-dah, with the tribe of Ben’-ja-min, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Is’-ra-el, to bring the kingdom again to Re-ho-bo’-am the son of Sol’-o-mon.
22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
23 Speak unto Re-ho-bo’-am, the son of Sol’-o-mon, king of Ju’-dah, and unto all the house of Ju’-dah and Ben’-ja-min, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Is’-ra-el: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.
25 Then Jer-o-bo’-am built She’-chem in mount Eph’-ra-im, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Pen’-u-el.
26 And Jer-o-bo’-am said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of Da’-vid:
27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Je-ru’-sa’-lem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Re-ho-bo’-am king of Ju’-dah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Re-ho-bo’-am king of Ju’-dah.
28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Je-ru’-sa’-lem: behold thy gods, O Is’-ra-el, which brought thee up out of the land of E’-gypt.
29 And he set the one in Beth’-el, and the other put he in Dan.
30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Le’-vi.
32 And Jer-o-bo’-am ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Ju’-dah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Beth’-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth’-el the priests of the high places which he had made.
33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth’-el the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Is’-ra-el: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
1 Kings 13
1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Ju’-dah by the word of the Lord unto Beth’-el: and Jer-o-bo’-am stood by the altar to burn incense.
2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of Da’-vid, Jo-si’-ah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee.
3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
4 And it came to pass, when king Jer-o-bo’-am heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Beth’-el, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.
5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.
6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.
7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
8 And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:
9 For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.
10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Beth’-el.
11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Beth’-el; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Beth’-el: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.
12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Ju’-dah.
13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,
14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Ju’-dah? And he said, I am.
15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:
17 For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.
18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.
19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.
20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back:
21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Ju’-dah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,
22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.
23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.
24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.
25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him.
27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.
28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.
29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.
30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:
32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the Lord against the altar in Beth’-el, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Sa-mar’-i-a, shall surely come to pass.
33 After this thing Jer-o-bo’-am returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.
34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jer-o-bo’-am, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.
1 Then answered Bil’-dad the Shu’-hite, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
6 How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
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.