This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #371 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 2 Samuel 19:21-43.
2 Samuel 19:21-43
21 But Ab’-i-shai the son of Zer-u-i’-ah answered and said, Shall not Shim’-e-i be put to death for this, because he cursed the Lord’s anointed?
22 And Da’-vid said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zer-u-i’-ah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Is’-ra-el? for do not I know that I am this day king over Is’-ra-el?
23 Therefore the king said unto Shim’-e-i, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him.
24 And Me-phib-o-sheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace.
25 And it came to pass, when he was come to Je-ru’-sa-lem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Me-phib-o-sheth?
26 And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.
27 And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes.
28 For all of my father’s house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king?
29 And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Zi’-ba divide the land.
30 And Me-phib-o-sheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house.
31 And Bar-zil-la’-i the Gil’-e-ad-ite came down from Ro’-ge-lim, and went over Jor’-dan with the king, to conduct him over Jor’-dan.
32 Now Bar-zil-la’-i was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Ma-ha-na’-im; for he was a very great man.
33 And the king said unto Bar-zil-la’-i, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Je-ru’-sa-lem.
34 And Bar-zil-la’-i said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Je-ru’-sa-lem?
35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jor’-dan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chim’-ham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.
38 And the king answered, Chim’-ham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.
39 And all the people went over Jor’-dan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Bar-zil-la’-i, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.
40 Then the king went on to Gil’-gal, and Chim’-ham went on with him: and all the people of Ju’-dah conducted the king, and also half the people of Is’-ra-el.
41 And, behold, all the men of Is’-ra-el came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Ju’-dah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all Da’-vid’s men with him, over Jor’-dan?
42 And all the men of Ju’-dah answered the men of Is’-ra-el, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king’s cost? or hath he given us any gift?
43 And the men of Is’-ra-el answered the men of Ju’-dah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in Da’-vid than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Ju’-dah were fiercer than the words of the men of Is’-ra-el.
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 Mark 9:43-48: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” 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 you.