PODCAST: Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #350: Ezra 8, Isaiah 66, and Zechariah 10 with Daniel Whyte III

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #350. 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 Ezra 8, Isaiah 66, and Zechariah 10.

Charles Spurgeon said, “The Word of God will be to you a bulwark and a high tower, a castle of defense against the foe. Oh, see to it that the Word of God is in you, in your very soul, permeating your thoughts, and so operating upon your outward life, that all may know you to be a true Bible-Christian, for they perceive it in your words and deeds.”

Woodrow Wilson said, “When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.”

Ezra 8
1 These are now the chief of their fathers, and this is the genealogy of them that went up with me from Bab’-y-lon, in the reign of Ar-ta-xerx’-es the king.

2 Of the sons of Phin’-e-has; Ger’-shom: of the sons of Ith’-a-mar; Dan’-i-el: of the sons of Da’-vid; Hat’-tush.

3 Of the sons of Shech-a-ni’-ah, of the sons of Pha’-rosh; Zech’-a-ri-ah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males an hundred and fifty.

4 Of the sons of Pa-hath’-mo-ab; El’-i-ho-e-nai the son of Zer’-a-hi-ah, and with him two hundred males.

5 Of the sons of Shech-a-ni’-ah; the son of Ja’-ha-zi-el, and with him three hundred males.

6 Of the sons also of A’-din; E’-bed the son of Jon’-a-than, and with him fifty males.

7 And of the sons of E’-lam; Jesh’-ai-ah the son of Ath’-a-li-ah, and with him seventy males.

8 And of the sons of Sheph’-a-ti-ah; Zeb’-a-di-ah the son of Mi’-cha-el, and with him fourscore males.

9 Of the sons of Jo’-ab; O’-ba-di-ah the son of Je’-hi-el, and with him two hundred and eighteen males.

10 And of the sons of Shel’-o-mith; the son of Jo’-si-phi-ah, and with him an hundred and threescore males.

11 And of the sons of Be’-bai; Zech’-a-ri-ah the son of Be’-bai, and with him twenty and eight males.

12 And of the sons of Az’-gad; Jo’-ha-nan the son of Hak’-ka-tan, and with him an hundred and ten males.

13 And of the last sons of A’-do-ni-kam, whose names are these, El’-iph-e-let, Jei’-el, and Shem’-ai-ah, and with them threescore males.

14 Of the sons also of Big’-vai; U’-thai, and Zab’-bud, and with them seventy males.

15 And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to A’-ha-va; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi.

16 Then sent I for El’-i’e-zer, for A’-ri-el, for Shem’-ai-ah, and for El’-na-than, and for Ja’-rib, and for El’-na-than, and for Na’-than, and for Zech’-a-ri-ah, and for Me’-shul-lam, chief men; also for Joi’-a-rib, and for El’-na-than, men of understanding.

17 And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Cas’-i-phi-a, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, and to his brethren the Neth’-i-nims, at the place Cas’-i-phi-a, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God.

18 And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mah’-li, the son of Le’-vi, the son of Is’-ra-el; and Sher’-e-bi-ah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;

19 And Hash’-a-bi-ah, and with him Jesh’-ai-ah of the sons of Me’-rar-i, his brethren and their sons, twenty;

20 Also of the Neth’-i-nims, whom Da’-vid and the princes had appointed for the service of the Le’-vites, two hundred and twenty Neth’-i-nims: all of them were expressed by name.

21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of A’-ha-va, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

22 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.

23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

24 Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sher’-e-bi-ah, Hash’-a-bi-ah, and ten of their brethren with them,

25 And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, even the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his lords, and all Israel there present, had offered:

26 I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, and of gold an hundred talents;

27 Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold.

28 And I said unto them, Ye are holy unto the Lord; the vessels are holy also; and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering unto the Lord God of your fathers.

29 Watch ye, and keep them, until ye weigh them before the chief of the priests and the Le’-vites, and chief of the fathers of Is’-ra-el, at Je-ru’-sa-lem, in the chambers of the house of the Lord.

30 So took the priests and the Le’-vites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring them to Je-ru’-sa-lem unto the house of our God.

31 Then we departed from the river of A’-ha-va on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Je-ru’-sa-lem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.

32 And we came to Je-ru’-sa-lem, and abode there three days.

33 Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Mer’-e-moth the son of U’-ri-ah the priest; and with him was El’-e-a-zar the son of Phin’-e-has; and with them was Joz’-a-bad the son of Jesh’-u-a, and No’-a-di-ah the son of Bin’-nu-i, Le’vites;

34 By number and by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.

35 Also the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Is’-ra-el, twelve bullocks for all Is’-ra-el, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the Lord.

36 And they delivered the king’s commissions unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God.

Isaiah 66
1 Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

5 Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zi’-on travailed, she brought forth her children.

9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

10 Rejoice ye with Je-ru’-sa-lem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gen’-tiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Je-ru’-sa-lem.

14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

15 For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

16 For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.

17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord.

18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tar’-shish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tu’-bal, and Ja’-van, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gen’-tiles.

20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Je-ru’-sa-lem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.

21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Le’-vites, saith the Lord.

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

Zechariah 10
1 Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd.

3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Ju’-dah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.

4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.

5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

6 And I will strengthen the house of Ju’-dah, and I will save the house of Jo’-seph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.

7 And they of E’-phra-im shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.

8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.

9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.

10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Eg’-ypt, and gather them out of As-syr’-i-a; and I will bring them into the land of Gil’-e-ad and Leb’-a-non; and place shall not be found for them.

11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of A-ssyr’-i-a shall be brought down, and the sceptre of E’-gypt shall depart away.

12 And I will strengthen them in the Lord; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Lord.

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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 dw3@gospellightsociety.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.