This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #325, 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 Samuel30.
1 Samuel 30
1 And it came to pass, when Da’-vid and his men were come to Zik’-lag on the third day, that the A-mal’-e-kites had invaded the south, and Zik’-lag, and smitten Zik’-lag, and burned it with fire;
2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.
3 So Da’-vid and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.
4 Then Da’-vid and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5 And Da’-vid’s two wives were taken captives, A-hin’-o-am the Jez’-re-el’-i-tess, and A’-bi-gail the wife of Na’-bal the Car’-mel-ite.
6 And Da’-vid was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but Da’-vid encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
7 And Da’-vid said to A’-bi-a-thar the priest, A-him’-e-lech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the e’-phod. And Abiathar brought thither the e’-phod to Da’-vid.
8 And Da’-vid enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
9 So Da’-vid went, he and the six hundred men that were with him, and came to the brook Besor, where those that were left behind stayed.
10 But Da’-vid pursued, he and four hundred men: for two hundred abode behind, which were so faint that they could not go over the brook Be’-sor.
11 And they found an E’-gyp-tian in the field, and brought him to Da’-vid, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water;
12 And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.
13 And Da’-vid said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of E’-gypt, servant to an A-mal’-e-kite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.
14 We made an invasion upon the south of the Cher’-eth-ites, and upon the coast which belongeth to Ju’-dah, and upon the south of Ca’-leb; and we burned Zik’-lag with fire.
15 And Da’-vid said to him, Canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, Swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company.
16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Phil’-is-tines, and out of the land of Ju’-dah.
17 And Da’-vid smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day: and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men, which rode upon camels, and fled.
18 And Da’-vid recovered all that the A-mal’-e-kites had carried away: and Da’-vid rescued his two wives.
19 And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: Da’-vid recovered all.
20 And Da’-vid took all the flocks and the herds, which they drave before those other cattle, and said, This is Da’-vid’s spoil.
21 And Da’-vid came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow Da’-vid, whom they had made also to abide at the brook Besor: and they went forth to meet Da’-vid, and to meet the people that were with him: and when Da’-vid came near to the people, he saluted them.
22 Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with Da’-vid, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart.
23 Then said Da’-vid, Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the Lord hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand.
24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
25 And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Is’-ra-el unto this day.
26 And when Da’-vid came to Zik’-lag, he sent of the spoil unto the elders of Ju’-dah, even to his friends, saying, Behold a present for you of the spoil of the enemies of the Lord;
27 To them which were in Beth’-el, and to them which were in south Ra’-moth, and to them which were in Jat’-tir,
28 And to them which were in Aroer, and to them which were in Siph’-moth, and to them which were in Esh’-te-mo’-a,
29 And to them which were in Ra’-chal, and to them which were in the cities of the Je-rah’-me-el’-ites, and to them which were in the cities of the Ke’-nites,
30 And to them which were in Hor’-mah, and to them which were in Chor’-a-shan, and to them which were in Ath’-ach,
31 And to them which were in He’-bron, and to all the places where Da’-vid himself and his men were wont to haunt.
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.