This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #372 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 20.
2 Samuel 20
1 And there happened to be there a man of Be’-li-al, whose name was She’-ba, the son of Bich’-ri, a Ben’-ja-mite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in Da’-vid, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jes’-se: every man to his tents, O Is’-ra-el.
2 So every man of Is’-ra-el went up from after Da’-vid, and followed She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri: but the men of Ju’-dah clave unto their king, from Jor’-dan even to Je-ru’-sa-lem.
3 And Da’-vid came to his house at Je-ru’-sa-lem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.
4 Then said the king to A-ma’-sa, Assemble me the men of Ju’-dah within three days, and be thou here present.
5 So A-ma’-sa went to assemble the men of Ju’-dah: but he tarried longer than the set time which he had appointed him.
6 And Da’-vid said to Ab’-i-shai, Now shall She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri do us more harm than did Absalom: take thou thy lord’s servants, and pursue after him, lest he get him fenced cities, and escape us.
7 And there went out after him Jo’-ab’s men, and the Cher’-e-thites, and the Pel’-e-thites, and all the mighty men: and they went out of Je-ru’-sa-lem, to pursue after She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri.
8 When they were at the great stone which is in Gib’-e-on, A-ma’-sa went before them. And Jo’-ab’s garment that he had put on was girded unto him, and upon it a girdle with a sword fastened upon his loins in the sheath thereof; and as he went forth it fell out.
9 And Jo’-ab said to A-ma’-sa, Art thou in health, my brother? And Jo’-ab took A-ma’-sa by the beard with the right hand to kiss him.
10 But A-ma’-sa took no heed to the sword that was in Jo’-ab’s hand: so he smote him therewith in the fifth rib, and shed out his bowels to the ground, and struck him not again; and he died. So Jo’-ab and Ab’-i-shai his brother pursued after She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri.
11 And one of Jo’-ab’s men stood by him, and said, He that favoureth Jo’-ab, and he that is for Da’-vid, let him go after Jo’-ab.
12 And A-ma’-sa wallowed in blood in the midst of the highway. And when the man saw that all the people stood still, he removed A-ma’-sa out of the highway into the field, and cast a cloth upon him, when he saw that every one that came by him stood still.
13 When he was removed out of the highway, all the people went on after Jo’-ab, to pursue after She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri.
14 And he went through all the tribes of Is’-ra-el unto A’-bel, and to Beth-ma’-a-chah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him.
15 And they came and besieged him in A’-bel of Beth-ma’-a-chah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Jo’-ab battered the wall, to throw it down.
16 Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Jo’-ab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.
17 And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Jo’-ab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.
18 Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at A’-bel: and so they ended the matter.
19 I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Is’-ra-el: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Is’-ra-el: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the Lord?
20 And Jo’-ab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.
21 The matter is not so: but a man of mount E’-phra-im, She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against Da’-vid: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Jo’-ab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.
22 Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of She’-ba the son of Bich’-ri, and cast it out to Jo’-ab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Jo’-ab returned to Je-ru’-sa-lem unto the king.
23 Now Jo’-ab was over all the host of Is’-ra-el: and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-a-da was over the Cher’-e-thites and over the Pel’-e-thites:
24 And A-dor’-am was over the tribute: and Je-hosh’-a-phat the son of A-hi’-lud was recorder:
25 And She’-va was scribe: and Za’-dok and A-bi’-a-thar were the priests:
26 And I’-ra also the Ja’-ir-ite was a chief ruler about Da’-vid.
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 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 you.