This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #243, 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 Joshua 11.
1 And it came to pass, when Ja’-bin king of Ha’-zor had heard those things, that he sent to Jo’-bab king of Ma’-don, and to the king of Shim’-ron, and to the king of Ach’-shaph,
2 And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chin’-ne-roth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
3 And to the Ca’-na-an-ite on the east and on the west, and to the Am’-o-rite, and the Hit’-tite, and the Pe-riz’-zite, and the Jeb’-u-site in the mountains, and to the Hi’-vite under Her’-mon in the land of Miz’-peh.
4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Me’-rom, to fight against Is’-ra-el.
6 And the Lord said unto Josh’-u-a, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Is’-ra-el: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
7 So Josh’-u-a came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Me’-rom suddenly; and they fell upon them.
8 And the Lord delivered them into the hand of Is’-ra-el, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zi’-don, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Miz’-peh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining.
9 And Josh’-u-a did unto them as the Lord bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
10 And Josh’-u-a at that time turned back, and took Ha’-zor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Ha’-zor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Ha’-zor with fire.
12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Josh’-u-a take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Mo’-ses the servant of the Lord commanded.
13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Is’-ra-el burned none of them, save Ha’-zor only; that did Josh’-u-a burn.
14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Is’-ra-el took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.
15 As the Lord commanded Mo’-ses his servant, so did Mo’-ses command Josh’-u-a, and so did Josh’-u-a; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Mo’-ses.
16 So Josh’-u-a took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Go’-shen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Is’-ra-el, and the valley of the same;
17 Even from the mount Ha’-lak, that goeth up to Se’-ir, even unto Ba’-al-gad in the valley of Leb’-a-non under mount Her’-mon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them.
18 Josh’-u-a made war a long time with all those kings.
19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Is’-ra-el, save the Hi’-vites the inhabitants of Gib’-e-on: all other they took in battle.
20 For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Is’-ra-el in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Mo’-ses.
21 And at that time came Josh’-u-a, and cut off the An’-a-kims from the mountains, from He’-bron, from De’-bir, from A’-nab, and from all the mountains of Ju’-dah, and from all the mountains of Is’-ra-el: Josh’-u-a destroyed them utterly with their cities.
22 There was none of the An’-a-kims left in the land of the children of Is’-ra-el: only in Ga’-za, in Gath, and in Ash’-dod, there remained.
23 So Josh’-u-a took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said unto Mo’-ses; and Josh’-u-a gave it for an inheritance unto Is’-ra-el according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
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.