THERE IS MORE SAID IN THE PODCAST AUDIO THAN IN THE NOTES BELOW
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #289, 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 5.
1 Samuel 5
1 And the Phil’-is-tines took the ark of God, and brought it from E’-ben-e-zer unto Ash’-dod.
2 When the Phil’-is-tines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Da’-gon, and set it by Da’-gon.
3 And when they of Ash’-dod arose early on the morrow, behold, Da’-gon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Da’-gon, and set him in his place again.
4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Da’-gon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Da’-gon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Da’-gon was left to him.
5 Therefore neither the priests of Da’-gon, nor any that come into Da’-gon’s house, tread on the threshold of Da’-gon in Ash’-dod unto this day.
6 But the hand of the Lord was heavy upon them of Ash’-dod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ash’-dod and the coasts thereof.
7 And when the men of Ash’-dod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Is’-ra-el shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Da’-gon our god.
8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Phil’-is-tines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Is’-ra-el? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Is’-ra-el be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Is’-ra-el about thither.
9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.
10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ek’-ron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ek’-ron, that the Ek’-ron-ites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Is’-ra-el to us, to slay us and our people.
11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Phil’-is-tines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Is’-ra-el, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.
12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
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.