This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Daily Reading of the Chronological Bible Episode #397 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 Kings 1:1-26.
1 Kings 1:1-26
1 Now king Da’-vid was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat.
2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Is’-ra-el, and found Ab’-i-shag a Shu-nam’-mite, and brought her to the king.
4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not.
5 Then Ad-o-ni’-jah the son of Hag’-gith exalted himself, saying, I will be king: and he prepared him chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.
6 And his father had not displeased him at any time in saying, Why hast thou done so? and he also was a very goodly man; and his mother bare him after Ab’-sa-lom.
7 And he conferred with Jo’-ab the son of Zer-u-i’-ah, and with A-bi’-a-thar the priest: and they following Ad-o-ni’-jah helped him.
8 But Za’-dok the priest, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, and Na’-than the prophet, and Shim’-e-i, and Re’-i, and the mighty men which belonged to Da’-vid, were not with Ad-o-ni’-jah.
9 And Ad-o-ni’-jah slew sheep and oxen and fat cattle by the stone of Zo’-he-leth, which is by En-ro’-gel, and called all his brethren the king’s sons, and all the men of Ju’-dah the king’s servants:
10 But Na’-than the prophet, and Be-nai’-ah, and the mighty men, and Sol’-o-mon his brother, he called not.
11 Wherefore Na’-than spake unto Bath’-she-ba the mother of Sol’-o-mon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Ad-o-ni’-jah the son of Hag’-gith doth reign, and Da’-vid our lord knoweth it not?
12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Sol’-o-mon.
13 Go and get thee in unto king Da’-vid, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Sol’-o-mon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Ad-o-ni’-jah reign?
14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
15 And Bath’-she-ba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Ab’-i-shag the Shu-nam’-mite ministered unto the king.
16 And Bath’-she-ba bowed, and did obeisance unto the king. And the king said, What wouldest thou?
17 And she said unto him, My lord, thou swarest by the Lord thy God unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Sol’-o-mon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne.
18 And now, behold, Ad-o-ni’-jah reigneth; and now, my lord the king, thou knowest it not:
19 And he hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the sons of the king, and A-bi’-a-thar the priest, and Jo’-ab the captain of the host: but Sol’-o-mon thy servant hath he not called.
20 And thou, my lord, O king, the eyes of all Is’-ra-el are upon thee, that thou shouldest tell them who shall sit on the throne of my lord the king after him.
21 Otherwise it shall come to pass, when my lord the king shall sleep with his fathers, that I and my son Sol’-o-mon shall be counted offenders.
22 And, lo, while she yet talked with the king, Na’-than the prophet also came in.
23 And they told the king, saying, Behold Na’-than the prophet. And when he was come in before the king, he bowed himself before the king with his face to the ground.
24 And Na’-than said, My lord, O king, hast thou said, Ad-o-ni’-jah shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne?
25 For he is gone down this day, and hath slain oxen and fat cattle and sheep in abundance, and hath called all the king’s sons, and the captains of the host, and A-bi’-a-thar the priest; and, behold, they eat and drink before him, and say, God save king Ad-o-ni’-jah.
26 But me, even me thy servant, and Za’-dok the priest, and Be-nai’-ah the son of Je-hoi’-ada, and thy servant Sol’-o-mon, hath he not called.
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.