This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #22, where I read the Holy Bible in the King James Version each day in chronological order. This unique viewpoint allows you to read the whole Bible as a single story and to see the unfolding of God’s plan in history. Today we are reading Genesis 21.
1 And the Lord visited Sar’-ah as he had said, and the Lord did unto Sar’-ah as he had spoken.
2 For Sar’-ah conceived, and bare A’-bra-ham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
3 And A’-bra-ham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sar’-ah bare to him, I’-saac.
4 And A’-bra-ham circumcised his son I’-saac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
5 And A’-bra-ham was an hundred years old, when his son I’-saac was born unto him.
6 And Sar’-ah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
7 And she said, Who would have said unto A’-bra-ham, that Sar’-ah should have given children suck? for I have born him a son in his old age.
8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and A’-bra-ham made a great feast the same day that I’-saac was weaned.
9 And Sar’-ah saw the son of Ha’-gar the E’-gyp-tian, which she had born unto A’-bra-ham, mocking.
10 Wherefore she said unto A’-bra-ham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with I’-saac.
11 And the thing was very grievous in A’-bra-ham’s sight because of his son.
12 And God said unto A’-bra-ham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sar’-ah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in I’-saac shall thy seed be called.
13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
14 And A’-bra-ham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Ha’-gar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-she’-ba.
15 And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.
16 And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bow shot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.
17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Ha’-gar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Ha’-gar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink.
20 And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
21 And he dwelt in the wilderness of Par’-an: and his mother took him a wife out of the land of E’-gypt.
22 And it came to pass at that time, that A-bim’-e-lech and Phi’-chol the chief captain of his host spake unto A’-bra-ham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest:
23 Now therefore swear unto me here by God that thou wilt not deal falsely with me, nor with my son, nor with my son’s son: but according to the kindness that I have done unto thee, thou shalt do unto me, and to the land wherein thou hast sojourned.
24 And A’-bra-ham said, I will swear.
25 And A’-bra-ham reproved A-bim’-e-lech because of a well of water, which A-bim’-e-lech’s servants had violently taken away.
26 And A-bim’-e-lech said, I wot not who hath done this thing; neither didst thou tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.
27 And A’-bra-ham took sheep and oxen, and gave them unto A-bim’-e-lech; and both of them made a covenant.
28 And A’-bra-ham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
29 And A-bim’-e-lech said unto A’-bra-ham, What mean these seven ewe lambs which thou hast set by themselves?
30 And he said, For these seven ewe lambs shalt thou take of my hand, that they may be a witness unto me, that I have digged this well.
31 Wherefore he called that place Beer-she’-ba; because there they sware both of them.
32 Thus they made a covenant at Beer-she’-ba: then A-bim’-e-lech rose up, and Phi’-chol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Phil’-is-tines.
33 And A’-bra-ham planted a grove in Beer-she’-ba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.
34 And A’-bra-ham sojourned in the Phil’-is-tines’ land many 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 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.