This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #183, 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 Numbers 21.
1 And when king A’-rad the Ca’-na-an-ite, which dwelt in the south, heard tell that Is’-ra-el came by the way of the spies; then he fought against Is’-ra-el, and took some of them prisoners.
2 And Is’-ra-el vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.
3 And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Is’-ra-el, and delivered up the Ca’-na-an-ites; and they utterly destroyed them and their cities: and he called the name of the place Hor’-mah.
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of E’-dom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Mo’-ses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of E’-gypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Is’-ra-el died.
7 Therefore the people came to Mo’-ses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Mo’-ses prayed for the people.
8 And the Lord said unto Mo’-ses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Mo’-ses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
10 And the children of Is’-ra-el set forward, and pitched in O’-both.
11 And they journeyed from O’-both, and pitched at I’-jeab’-a-rim, in the wilderness which is before Mo’-ab, toward the sunrising.
12 From thence they removed, and pitched in the valley of Za’-red.
13 From thence they removed, and pitched on the other side of Ar’-non, which is in the wilderness that cometh out of the coasts of the Am’-o-rites: for Ar’-non is the border of Mo’-ab, between Mo’-ab and the Am’-o-rites.
14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Ar’-non,
15 And at the stream of the brooks that goeth down to the dwelling of Ar, and lieth upon the border of Mo’-ab.
16 And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the Lord spake unto Mo’-ses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.
17 Then Is’-ra-el sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:
18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mat-ta’-nah:
19 And from Mat-ta’-nah to Na-hal’-i-el: and from Na-hal’-i-el to Ba’-moth:
20 And from Ba’-moth in the valley, that is in the country of Mo’-ab, to the top of Pis’-gah, which looketh toward Je-shi’-mon.
21 And Is’-rael sent messengers unto Si’-hon king of the Am’-o-rites, saying,
22 Let me pass through thy land: we will not turn into the fields, or into the vineyards; we will not drink of the waters of the well: but we will go along by the king’s high way, until we be past thy borders.
23 And Si’-hon would not suffer Is’-ra-el to pass through his border: but Si’-hon gathered all his people together, and went out against Is’-ra-el into the wilderness: and he came to Ja’-haz, and fought against Is’-ra-el.
24 And Is’-ra-el smote him with the edge of the sword, and possessed his land from Ar’-non unto Jab’-bok, even unto the children of Am’-mon: for the border of the children of Am’-mon was strong.
25 And Is’-ra-el took all these cities: and Is’-ra-el dwelt in all the cities of the Am’-o-rites, in Hesh’-bon, and in all the villages thereof.
26 For Hesh’-bon was the city of Si’-hon the king of the Am’-o-rites, who had fought against the former king of Mo’-ab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Ar’-non.
27 Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Hesh’-bon, let the city of Si’-hon be built and prepared:
28 For there is a fire gone out of Hesh’-bon, a flame from the city of Si’-hon: it hath consumed Ar of Mo’-ab, and the lords of the high places of Ar’-non.
29 Woe to thee, Mo’-ab! thou art undone, O people of Che’-mosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Si’-hon king of the Am’-o-rites.
30 We have shot at them; Hesh’-bon is perished even unto Di’-bon, and we have laid them waste even unto No’-phah, which reacheth unto Me’-de-ba.
31 Thus Is’-ra-el dwelt in the land of the Am’-o-rites.
32 And Mo’-ses sent to spy out Ja-a’-zer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Am’-o-rites that were there.
33 And they turned and went up by the way of Ba’-shan: and Og the king of Ba’-shan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Ed’-re-i.
34 And the Lord said unto Mo’-ses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into thy hand, and all his people, and his land; and thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Si’-hon king of the Am’-o-rites, which dwelt at Hesh’-bon.
35 So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.
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.