This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #31, 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 30.
1 And when Ra’-chel saw that she bare Ja’-cob no children, Ra’-chel envied her sister; and said unto Ja’-cob, Give me children, or else I die.
2 And Ja’-cob’s anger was kindled against Ra’-chel: and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?
3 And she said, Behold my maid Bil’-hah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.
4 And she gave him Bil’-hah her handmaid to wife: and Ja’-cob went in unto her.
5 And Bil’-hah conceived, and bare Ja’-cob a son.
6 And Ra’-chel said, God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son: therefore called she his name Dan.
7 And Bil’-hah Ra’-chel’s maid conceived again, and bare Ja’-cob a second son.
8 And Ra’-chel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naph’-ta-li.
9 When Le’-ah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zil’-pah her maid, and gave her Ja’-cob to wife.
10 And Zil’-pah Le’-ah’s maid bare Ja’-cob a son.
11 And Le’-ah said, A troop cometh: and she called his name Gad.
12 And Zil’-pah Le’-ah’s maid bare Ja’-cob a second son.
13 And Le’-ah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Ash’-er.
14 And Reu’-ben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Le’-ah. Then Ra’-chel said to Le’-ah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy son’s mandrakes.
15 And she said unto her, Is it a small matter that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away my son’s mandrakes also? And Ra’-chel said, Therefore he shall lie with thee to night for thy son’s mandrakes.
16 And Ja’-cob came out of the field in the evening, and Le’-ah went out to meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son’s mandrakes. And he lay with her that night.
17 And God hearkened unto Le’-ah, and she conceived, and bare Ja’-cob the fifth son.
18 And Le’-ah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Is’-sa-char.
19 And Le’-ah conceived again, and bare Ja’-cob the sixth son.
20 And Le’-ah said, God hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Ze-bu’-lun.
21 And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Di’-nah.
22 And God remembered Ra’-chel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
24 And she called his name Jo’-seph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.
25 And it came to pass, when Ra’-chel had born Jo’-seph, that Ja’-cob said unto La’-ban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.
26 Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee.
27 And La’-ban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.
28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will give it.
29 And he said unto him, Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.
30 For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the Lord hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
31 And he said, What shall I give thee? And Ja’-cob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock.
32 I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and of such shall be my hire.
33 So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that is not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.
34 And La’-ban said, Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.
35 And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, and every one that had some white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave them into the hand of his sons.
36 And he set three days’ journey betwixt himself and Ja’-cob: and Ja’-cob fed the rest of La’-ban’s flocks.
37 And Ja’-cob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods.
38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.
39 And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.
40 And Ja’-cob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of La’-ban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto La’-ban’s cattle.
41 And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Ja’-cob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods.
42 But when the cattle were feeble, he put them not in: so the feebler were La’-ban’s, and the stronger Ja’-cob’s.
43 And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.
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.