This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #315, 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 23:13-29.
1 Samuel 23:13-29
13 Then Da’-vid and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Kei’-lah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that Da’-vid was escaped from Kei’-lah; and he forbare to go forth.
14 And Da’-vid abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.
15 And Da’-vid saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and Da’-vid was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.
16 And Jon’-a-than Saul’s son arose, and went to Da’-vid into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
17 And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Is’-ra-el, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.
18 And they two made a covenant before the Lord: and Da’-vid abode in the wood, and Jon’-a-than went to his house.
19 Then came up the Ziph’-ites to Saul to Gib’-e-ah, saying, Doth not Da’-vid hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hach’-i-lah, which is on the south of Jesh’-i-mon?
20 Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.
21 And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the Lord; for ye have compassion on me.
22 Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.
23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Ju’-dah.
24 And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but Da’-vid and his men were in the wilderness of Ma’-on, in the plain on the south of Jesh’-i-mon.
25 Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told Da’-vid; wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Ma’-on. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after Da’-vid in the wilderness of Ma’-on.
26 And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and Da’-vid and his men on that side of the mountain: and Da’-vid made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed Da’-vid and his men round about to take them.
27 But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Phil’-is-tines have invaded the land.
28 Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after Da’-vid, and went against the Phil’-is-tines: therefore they called that place Se’-la-ham’-mah-le’-koth.
29 And Da’-vid went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.
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.