This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #284. 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 Kings 24, 2 Kings 25, and Job 42.
A.W. Tozer said, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”
Johann A. Bengel said, “Apply yourself wholly to the Scriptures, and apply the Scriptures wholly to yourself.”
2 Kings 24
1 1 In his days Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon came up, and Je-hoi’-a-kim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him.
2 And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chal’-dees, and bands of the Syr’-i-ans, and bands of the Mo’-ab-ites, and bands of the children of Am’-mon, and sent them against Ju’-dah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets.
3 Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Ju’-dah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Ma-nas’-seh, according to all that he did;
4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Je-ru’-sa-lem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon.
5 Now the rest of the acts of Je-hoi’-a-kim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ju’-dah?
6 So Je-hoi’-a-kim slept with his fathers: and Je-hoi’-a-chin his son reigned in his stead.
7 And the king of E’-gypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Bab’-y-lon had taken from the river of E’-gypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of E’-gypt.
8 Je-hoi’-a-chin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Je-ru’-sa-lem three months. And his mother’s name was Ne-hush’-ta, the daughter of El-na’-than of Je-ru’-sa-lem.
9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.
10 At that time the servants of Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon came up against Je-ru’-sa-lem, and the city was besieged.
11 And Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon came against the city, and his servants did besiege it.
12 And Je-hoi’-a-chin the king of Ju’-dah went out to the king of Bab’-y-lon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes, and his officers: and the king of Bab’-y-lon took him in the eighth year of his reign.
13 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king’s house, and cut in pieces all the vessels of gold which Sol’-o-mon king of Is’-ra-el had made in the temple of the Lord, as the Lord had said.
14 And he carried away all Je-ru’-sa-lem, and all the princes, and all the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of the people of the land.
15 And he carried away Je-hoi’-a-chin to Bab’-y-lon, and the king’s mother, and the king’s wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Je-ru’-sa-lem to Bab’-y-lon.
16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Bab’-y-lon brought captive to Bab’-y-lon.
17 And the king of Bab’-y-lon made Mat-ta-ni’-ah his father’s brother king in his stead, and changed his name to Zed-e-ki’-ah.
18 Zed-e-ki’-ah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Je-ru’-sa-lem. And his mother’s name was Ha-mu’-tal, the daughter of Jer-e-mi’-ah of Lib’-nah.
19 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Je-hoi’-a-kim had done.
20 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Je-ru’-sa-lem and Ju’-dah, until he had cast them out from his presence, that Zed-e-ki’-ah rebelled against the king of Bab’-y-lon.
2 Kings 25
1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon came, he, and all his host, against Je-ru’-sa-lem, and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.
2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zed-e-ki’-ah.
3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.
4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king’s garden: (now the Chal’-dees were against the city round about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.
5 And the army of the Chal’-dees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jer’-i-cho: and all his army were scattered from him.
6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Bab’-y-lon to Rib’-lah; and they gave judgment upon him.
7 And they slew the sons of Zed-e-ki’-ah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zed-e-ki’-ah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Bab’-y-lon.
8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon, came Neb-u’-zar-ad’-an, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Bab’-y-lon, unto Je-ru’-sa-lem:
9 And he burnt the house of the Lord, and the king’s house, and all the houses of Je-ru’-sa-lem, and every great man’s house burnt he with fire.
10 And all the army of the Chal’-dees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Je-ru’-sa-lem round about.
11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Bab’-y-lon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Neb-u’-zar-ad’-an the captain of the guard carry away.
12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.
13 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the Lord, did the Chal’-dees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them to Bab’-y-lon.
14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.
15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away.
16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Sol’-o-mon had made for the house of the Lord; the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the second pillar with wreathen work.
18 And the captain of the guard took Se-rai’-ah the chief priest, and Zeph-a-ni’-ah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:
19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war, and five men of them that were in the king’s presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the city:
20 And Neb-u’-zar-ad’-an captain of the guard took these, and brought them to the king of Bab’-y-lon to Rib’-lah:
21 And the king of Bab’-y-lon smote them, and slew them at Rib’-lah in the land of Ha’-math. So Ju’-dah was carried away out of their land.
22 And as for the people that remained in the land of Ju’-dah, whom Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar king of Bab’-y-lon had left, even over them he made Ged-a-li’-ah the son of A-hi’-kam, the son of Sha’-phan, ruler.
23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men, heard that the king of Bab’-y-lon had made Ged-a-li’-ah governor, there came to Ged-a-li’-ah to Miz’-pah, even Ish’-ma-el the son of Neth-a-ni’-ah, and Jo-ha’-nan the son of Ca-re’-ah, and Se-rai’-ah the son of Tan-hu’-meth the Ne-toph’-a-thite, and Ja-az-a-ni’-ah the son of a Ma-ach’-a-thite, they and their men.
24 And Ged-a-li’-ah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chal’-dees: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Bab’-y-lon; and it shall be well with you.
25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ish’-ma-el the son of Neth-a-ni’-ah, the son of E-li’-sha-ma, of the seed royal, came, and ten men with him, and smote Ged-a-li’-ah, that he died, and the Jews and the Chal’-dees that were with him at Miz’-pah.
26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of the armies, arose, and came to E’-gypt: for they were afraid of the Chal’-dees.
27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Je-hoi’-a-chin king of Ju’-dah, in the twelfth month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, that E’-vil-mer’-o-dach king of Bab’-y-lon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of Je-hoi’-a-chin king of Ju’-dah out of prison;
28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Bab’-y-lon;
29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.
30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.
1 Then Job answered the Lord, and said,
2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.
3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
7 And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to E-li’-phaz the Te’-man-ite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.
8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.
9 So E-li’-phaz the Te’-man-ite and Bil’-dad the Shu’-hite and Zo’-phar the Na-am-a-thite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job.
10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Je-mi’-ma; and the name of the second, Ke-zi’-a; and the name of the third, Ker’-en-hap’-puch.
15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
17 So Job died, being old and full of days.
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.