This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #263, 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 Judges 6.
1 And the children of Is’-ra-el did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Mid’-i-an seven years.
2 And the hand of Mid’-i-an prevailed against Is’-ra-el: and because of the Mid’-i-a-nites the children of Is’-ra-el made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strongholds.
3 And so it was, when Is’-ra-el had sown, that the Mid’-i-a-nites came up, and the A-mal’-ek-ites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Ga’-za, and left no sustenance for Is’-ra-el, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.
5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
6 And Is’-ra-el was greatly impoverished because of the Mid’-i-a-nites; and the children of Is’-ra-el cried unto the Lord.
7 And it came to pass, when the children of Is’-ra-el cried unto the Lord because of the Mid’-i-a-nites,
8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Is’-ra-el, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Is’-ra-el, I brought you up from E’-gypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the E’-gyp-tians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;
10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Am’-o-rites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.
11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Oph’-rah, that pertained unto Jo’-ash the A’-bi-ez’-rite: and his son Gid’-e-on threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Mid’-i-a-nites.
12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13 And Gid’-e-on said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from E’-gypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Mid’-i-a-nites.
14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Is’-ra-el from the hand of the Mid’-i-a-nites: have not I sent thee?
15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Is’-ra-el? behold, my family is poor in Ma’-nas-seh, and I am the least in my father’s house.
16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Mid’-i-a-nites as one man.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.
19 And Gid’-e-on went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an e’-phah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gid’-e-on perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gid’-e-on said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.
23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
24 Then Gid’-e-on built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Je-ho’-vah-sha’-lom: unto this day it is yet in Oph’-rah of the A’-bi-ez’-rite.
25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Ba’-al that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:
26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.
27 Then Gid’-e-on took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Ba’-al was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gid’-e-on the son of Jo’-ash hath done this thing.
30 Then the men of the city said unto Jo’-ash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Ba’-al, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
31 And Jo’-ash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Ba’-al? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
32 Therefore on that day he called him Jer-ub-ba’-al, saying, Let Ba’-al plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
33 Then all the Mid’-i-a-nites and the A-mal’-ek-ites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jez’-reel.
34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gid’-e-on, and he blew a trumpet; and A’-bi-ez’-er was gathered after him.
35 And he sent messengers throughout all Ma’-nas-seh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Ash’-er, and unto Zeb’-u-lun, and unto Naph’-ta-li; and they came up to meet them.
36 And Gid’-e-on said unto God, If thou wilt save Is’-ra-el by mine hand, as thou hast said,
37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Is’-ra-el by mine hand, as thou hast said.
38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
39 And Gid’-e-on said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
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.