This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #288, 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 1 Samuel 4.
1 Samuel 4
1 And the word of Sam’-u-el came to all Is’-ra-el. Now Is’-ra-el went out against the Phil’-is-tines to battle, and pitched beside E’-ben-e-zer: and the Phil’-is-tines pitched in A’-phek.
2 And the Phil’-is-tines put themselves in array against Is’-ra-el: and when they joined battle, Is’-ra-el was smitten before the Phil’-is-tines: and they slew of the army in the field about four thousand men.
3 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Is’-ra-el said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us to day before the Phil’-is-tines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of Shi’-loh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save us out of the hand of our enemies.
4 So the people sent to Shi’-loh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of E’-li, Hoph’-ni and Phi’-ne-has, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.
5 And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Is’-ra-el shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
6 And when the Phil’-is-tines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the He’-brews? And they understood that the ark of the Lord was come into the camp.
7 And the Phil’-is-tines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the E’-gyp-tians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
9 Be strong and quit yourselves like men, O ye Phil’-is-tines, that ye be not servants unto the He’-brews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
10 And the Phil’-is-tines fought, and Is’-ra-el was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Is’-ra-el thirty thousand footmen.
11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of E’-li, Hoph’-ni and Phi’-ne-has, were slain.
12 And there ran a man of Ben’-ja-min out of the army, and came to Shi’-loh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head.
13 And when he came, lo, E’-li sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.
14 And when E’-li heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told E’-li.
15 Now E’-li was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see.
16 And the man said unto E’-li, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son?
17 And the messenger answered and said, Is’-ra-el is fled before the Phil’-is-tines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hoph’-ni and Phi’-ne-has, are dead, and the ark of God is taken.
18 And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Is’-ra-el forty years.
19 And his daughter in law, Phi’-ne-has’ wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.
20 And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it.
21 And she named the child I’-cha-bod, saying, The glory is departed from Is’-ra-el: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.
22 And she said, The glory is departed from Is’-ra-el: for the ark of God is taken.
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.