PODCAST: Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #185: Numbers 23

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #185, 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 23.

Numbers 23
1 And Ba’-laam said unto Ba’-lak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

2 And Ba’-lak did as Ba’-laam had spoken; and Ba’-lak and Ba’-laam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

3 And Ba’-laam said unto Ba’-lak, Stand by thy burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the Lord will come to meet me: and whatsoever he sheweth me I will tell thee. And he went to an high place.

4 And God met Ba’-laam: and he said unto him, I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered upon every altar a bullock and a ram.

5 And the Lord put a word in Ba’-laam’s mouth, and said, Return unto Ba’-lak, and thus thou shalt speak.

6 And he returned unto him, and, lo, he stood by his burnt sacrifice, he, and all the princes of Mo’-ab.

7 And he took up his parable, and said, Ba’-lak the king of Mo’-ab hath brought me from A’-ram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse me Ja’-cob, and come, defy Is’-ra-el.

8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the Lord hath not defied?

9 For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.

10 Who can count the dust of Ja’-cob, and the number of the fourth part of Is’-ra-el? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!

11 And Ba’-lak said unto Ba’-laam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

12 And he answered and said, Must I not take heed to speak that which the Lord hath put in my mouth?

13 And Ba’-lak said unto him, Come, I pray thee, with me unto another place, from whence thou mayest see them: thou shalt see but the utmost part of them, and shalt not see them all: and curse me them from thence.

14 And he brought him into the field of Zo’-phim, to the top of Pis’-gah, and built seven altars, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

15 And he said unto Ba’-lak, Stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the Lord yonder.

16 And the Lord met Ba’-laam, and put a word in his mouth, and said, Go again unto Ba’-lak, and say thus.

17 And when he came to him, behold, he stood by his burnt offering, and the princes of Mo’-ab with him. And Ba’-lak said unto him, What hath the Lord spoken?

18 And he took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Ba’-lak, and hear; hearken unto me, thou son of Zip’-por:

19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

20 Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it.

21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Ja’-cob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Is’-ra-el: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

22 God brought them out of E’-gypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

23 Surely there is no enchantment against Ja’-cob, neither is there any divination against Is’-ra-el: according to this time it shall be said of Ja’-cob and of Is’-ra-el, What hath God wrought!

24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

25 And Ba’-lak said unto Ba’-laam, Neither curse them at all, nor bless them at all.

26 But Ba’-laam answered and said unto Ba’-lak, Told not I thee, saying, All that the Lord speaketh, that I must do?

27 And Ba’-lak said unto Ba’-laam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.

28 And Ba’-lak brought Ba’-laam unto the top of Pe’-or, that looketh toward Je-shi’-mon.

29 And Ba’-laam said unto Ba’-lak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven bullocks and seven rams.

30 And Ba’-lak did as Ba’-laam had said, and offered a bullock and a ram on every altar.

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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.