This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #380 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 24:1-9 and 1 Chronicles 21:1-6.
2 Samuel 24:1-9
1 And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Is’-ra-el, and he moved Da’-vid against them to say, Go, number Is’-ra-el and Ju’-dah.
2 For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Is’-ra-el, from Dan even to Beer-she’-ba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people.
3 And Joab said unto the king, Now the Lord thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?
4 Notwithstanding the king’s word prevailed against Jo’-ab, and against the captains of the host. And Jo’-ab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Is’-ra-el.
5 And they passed over Jor’-dan, and pitched in A-ro’-er, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Ja’-zer:
6 Then they came to Gil’-e-ad, and to the land of Tah’-tim-hod’-shi; and they came to Dan-ja’-an, and about to Zi’-don,
7 And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hi’-vites, and of the Ca’-na-an-ites: and they went out to the south of Ju’-dah, even to Beer-she’-ba.
8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Je-ru’-sa-lem at the end of nine months and twenty days.
9 And Jo’-ab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Is’-ra-el eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Ju’-dah were five hundred thousand men.
1 Chronicles 21:1-6
1 And Sa’-tan stood up against Is’-ra-el, and provoked Da’-vid to number Is’-ra-el.
2 And Da’-vid said to Jo’-ab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Is’-ra-el from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
3 And Jo’-ab answered, The Lord make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Is’-ra-el?
4 Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Jo’-ab. Wherefore Jo’-ab departed, and went throughout all Is’-ra-el, and came to Je-ru’-sa-lem.
5 And Jo’-ab gave the sum of the number of the people unto Da’-vid. And all they of Is’-ra-el were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Ju’-dah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
6 But Le’-vi and Ben’-ja-min counted he not among them: for the king’s word was abominable to Jo’-ab.
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.